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Youth engagement

A major element of our centenary year will be looking to the future. 

Air Force’s second century will be very different to our first 100 years. Some of the air and space capabilities we will operate in the future will be beyond what could have been imagined a generation ago.

Our centenary will be a time to engage with young people to:
•    show how Air Force is evolving
•    and to broaden understanding of the range of opportunities in our future networked force. 

Youth engagement activities will be a centrepiece of our centenary year. We aim to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. We are exploring options for youth engagement initiatives in metropolitan and regional areas, and will update this page as activities are confirmed. 

The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) will feature prominently in many of our centenary initiatives. The AAFC is a youth development organisation. Cadets conduct a range of activities including powered flying, gliding, adventure training, and navigation exercises. It aims to foster qualities such as leadership, loyalty, communication, and teamwork. The AAFC provides skills that are important in any career.

Learn more about the AAFC