Cadet Lucy Tassell from No 608 Squadron in Gawler and Leading Cadet Benjamin Dunk from No 613 Squadron Edinburgh with an Australian Air Force Cadets Glider

Australian Air Force Cadets

The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) provides an opportunity for youth aged 13-18, who are not a Defence member, to gain self confidence, self discipline and leadership skills in an aviation-focussed, military-like environment.

As a cadet you will:

  • Be part of a team and gain team building skills
  • Develop leadership and survival skills
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Experience challenges
  • Learn to take responsibility
  • Take part in physical education activities

As a cadet you'll learn about:

  • Aviation
  • Leadership
  • Self-discipline
  • Safe weapons handling
  • Fieldcraft
  • First aid
  • Drill and ceremonial
  • Communications and navigation skills
  • Band activities

Most Squadrons meet weekly, during school terms, for about three hours in an evening. Squadrons also conduct training on weekends throughout the year, with specialist courses conducted at Air Force bases during school holidays.

For more information about becoming a cadet, including eligibility and enrolment information, visit Australian Air Force Cadets. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Please note: Australian Air Force Cadets are not members of the Australian Defence Force and differ from ADF Cadets and Officer Cadets.