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Naval & Air Cadets in Australia & New Zealand 

Australian Navy Cadets Badge

Cadets in 2003

Australian Cadet Forces Medal

Former Australian Cadet Forces Medal

Australian Cadet Forces Medal

Awarded; Officers and Instructors of Cadets for 15 years efficient long service with a clasp for each additional 5 years of efficient Service.

Description; The obverse of the medal shows the crest of the Australian Cadet Forces.  On the suspension is the St Edwards Crown.  

The reverse depicts the Federation Star overlaid with an engraving bar for the recipients name.

Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal

Current Australian Cadet Forces Medal Established; December 1999

Australian Navy Cadets

Naval Cadets visiting the National Maritime Museum The Australian Navy Cadets is a voluntary youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy. 

There are approximately 82 units across the country and with numbers ranging between 30 to 80 Cadets. 

Each unit has its own name and identity and is staffed by Australian Navy Cadet Officers and Instructors. 

Australian Navy Cadets Badge

As well as teaching you all about sailing and seamanship, they'll encourage you to explore your own potential. You'll learn leadership skills and effective communication, as well as develop confidence, pride and self-discipline.
The role of the ANC Unit is to undertake activities to meet the ANC national aim to better equip young people for community life. It provides a forum to develop skills and knowledge associated with citizenship, leadership and seamanship. 

The Unit is a venue to encourage young people to explore their full potential as valued members of the team, and to develop confidence, pride and self-discipline in a supportive environment. The Unit is also a forum to foster further interest in the Royal Australian Navy and the wider maritime industry.

<<< Hat badge of the Victorian Boys Naval Brigade c.1890

  • Cap tally for the Sea Cadet Corps

The function of the Unit is to provide the operational, administrative and training support required to meet the Unit's role. This includes routines, training programmes; operational taskings; projects; boat, facilities and equipment maintenance; administration; logistics; food services; communications; band activities; ceremonial; weapons safety; physical training and optional training activities.

Young cadets

Air Force Cadets

formerly Air Training Corps (ATC)

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The Air Force supports the Air Force Cadets and, if you are a boy or girl aged between 12 and 17, you can join and stay on as a cadet until you are 20.Here is your chance to learn a lot about aircraft and flying. Many air cadets go on to join the Air Force or find a valuable, exciting career in civilian aviation.
Air Training Corps Parachute Wings circa 1994

The Air Training Corps is the former name for the Australian Air Force Cadets.

Below. ATC Wings (left) and Flight Sergeant badge of rank (right)

ATC badge used by the AIRTC since the 80's  until 2001
ATC epaulette slide, from early 1950's to as late as 1979 (in North Queensland).
AAFC Cadet Pilot's wings AAFC Cap badge 2004

The Air Force Cadets will help you develop and could make getting a job easier for you, no matter what you decide to do with your life. You will learn to lead others and be promoted within the Air Force Cadets. You will be able to do things for yourself and help your friends learn, too. There is a Squadron in every state and in each Squadron there are local Flights which usually meet one evening a week during school terms. Flight activities are supervised by instructors, officers as well as senior cadets.

Brief History of the AIRTC & Air Force Cadets

 by P.J. Rowbotham, PLTOFF (AAFC), Commanding Officer 217 (Shire of Redland) Squadron AAFC

Today's Air Force Cadets were prior to 2001 know as the Air Training Corps (AIRTC) and was founded in 1941.  The Air Training Corps from 1941 until the mid 1970's was staffed and operated as a permanent part of the RAAF.  In 1975 the then government of the day decided to cut the AIRTC's financial support ,management and control from the RAAF therefore essentially disbanded the AIRTC as it was then known.  In the late 70's the organisation was re-formed with the help of volunteers and today is the premier air minded youth organisation in the Country.

In 2001 the Air Training Corps was renamed the Australian Air Force Cadets(AAFC), under a wider government review of Cadet Forces and is today under the sponsorship of the RAAF but is still essentially a community based youth organisation.  AAFC policy and higher level administration is handled by the Directorate of Reserves - Air Force at Russell Offices in Canberra.

  • Today there are Wings in every State and the Northern Territory, in Queensland there are 2 Wings;
    • 1 Wing - Based Townsville
    • 2 Wing - Based Amberley
    • 3 Wing - Based in NSW
    • 4 Wing - Based in Vic
    • 5 Wing - Based in Tasmania
    • 6 Wing - Based in SA
    • 7 Wing - Based in  WA
    • 8 Wing - Based in NT
    • National HQ - Based in SA

Australian Air League

The Australian Air League was a privately organised youth group with aims and activities very similar to the Air Training Corps.

Australian Air League: Parachute Wing


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