Welcome to ADFA
The Academy is a newsletter produced twice a year by the Australian Defence Force Academy. Click here to download Issue 1, 2012
ADFA Cadets stand strong to raise awareness for Red Nose Day
Canberra’s crisp winter weather was not enough to deter Midshipmen and Officer Cadets at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) who were up before sunrise. More
Ethical Decision-Making Seminar "Lifts the Lid"
The ethical and moral challenges facing cadets at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and Australia’s eight leading universities were the focus of a three-day seminar held at ADFA in May. More
Future Defence leaders rise to the challenge
Third-year cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) have had their leadership skills put to the test in Jervis Bay this past week, onboard the tall ship James Craig. More
2012 ADFA Events
Is your son or daughter studying at ADFA, or interested in joining the Academy? Click here for a list of key events in 2012.
Cadets in the Community
Three ADFA Cadets participated in the Relay for Life event in Canberra on Saturday March 17 and assisted in raising over $300,000 for the Cancer Council Australia. More
The First Six Weeks
Your first six weeks at ADFA, in Canberra, are probably the most exciting six weeks of your life. These episodes will give you a taste for what those six weeks will be like and the range of activities you can look forward to as a Midshipman or an Officer Cadet at ADFA.
Top 10 Reasons
to choose ADFA for your undergraduate degree...
Learn to be a Leader,
and set yourself up for a
wide range of career opportunities
The biggest benefit of being paid to study was that I didn't need to worry about how I would support myself financially. I could focus on my studies and training, and on achieving my Bachelor's degree. And with subsidised accommodation, meals and utilities, I found I could use more of my money on the things that I wanted.
Receive a top quality education and study for a degree
from the University of New South Wales
When I was looking at universities, I was afraid that coming to ADFA would mean sacrificing the quality of my education. After doing some research I found that UNSW@ADFA had the best student to teacher ratio in the country, and that UNSW is considered one of the top 20 universities in the world. Knowing that made my decision much easier.
Start an extraordinary military career that will take you around Australia and the world
I decided I wanted to be an engineer while I was in high school, and when I found out about ADFA I was impressed by the career prospects offered by the RAAF. It was definitely a bonus that ADFA was associated with such a renowned university as UNSW.
Be paid to study,
and have your tuition and textbook fees paid by the Australian Defence Force (ADF)
ADFA provides cadets an opportunity to develop their own potential. It's not a steep learning curve - its slow and gradual over three years. It starts with learning to be part of a team, then learning our own strengths and weaknesses, before we learn to lead others. This gives us the chance to develop as individuals before we take on roles as junior officers.
Study with the best university teacher-to-student ratio
in the country and learn from lecturers at the top of their fields
ADFA provides once in a lifetime opportunities for cadets to challenge themselves and each other, and gain memories and experiences that they will never forget. I certainly never have.
Meet a diverse range of people and make mates that will last a lifetime
In my job I've been put in a position where making decisions is an everyday occurrence. The time I spent at ADFA gave me the skills to make the tough decisions, and the friends I made will ensure that if I ever do run into trouble, help is only a phone call away.
Undertake adventure training and personal development programs
with the Navy, Army and Air Force
Ten years after graduating ADFA, my best friend is still the Navy
Officer who I met during recruiting. Despite the difficulties of long
distance during our careers in the Navy, we have maintained that
closeness. We lived next door to each other in first year at ADFA, now
we're living in the same city and catching up all the time.
Challenge yourself with exciting and rewarding experiences
not available to other universities
In a career full of challenge, diversity and travel I have been able to obtain great civilian accredited qualifications, achieve career and personal goals, and gain amazing experiences that will set me up for life.
Graduate with a guaranteed job
in the Navy, Army or Air Force
My undergraduate degree has seen me through many overseas trips, command roles, and deployments on operation in the Pacific and East Timor. This year I've been given the opportunity to take up postgraduate studies. I'm posted to ADFA as a Divisional Officer, and studying a Masters in Engineering Science part time.
Studying at a postgraduate level has been a fantastic learning experience. I have spent a great deal of time researching a topic of my own choosing, and the funding I received through the AJ Hayter Scholarship has helped me make the most of the opportunity.
Take advantage of unique postgraduate courses and scholarship opportunities
Starting university with a full time salary and knowing that I have a guaranteed job on graduation has given me amazing financial security, and allowed me to focus on studying for my Bachelor of Business. Already, I live away from home, have no university debt, own a car and have saved enough to go to Europe at the end of the year to celebrate my graduation.