Australian Defence Force Cadets

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Australian Defence Force Cadets
Australian Defence Force Cadets Logo.jpg
The Badge of the ADFC
Active1976 – present
RoleVolunteer Youth Organisation
HeadquartersADF Cadets
Commanders
Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support DivisionsRear Admiral Brett Wolski

The Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) (Known as the Australian Service Cadet Scheme until 2001) consists of three Australian Defence Force affiliated community-based, youth development organisations of approximately 22,000 cadets and 2,200 cadet staff in 464 units and squadrons across Australia. Coordination of the Australian Defence Force Cadets is via the ADF HQ unit called Reserve and Youth Division, with Commander ADF Cadets - directly accountable to VCDF. The ADFC is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Defence, in partnership with the community.

The Australian Defence Force Cadets have been a large part of the Australian community since the 19th century. After the cadets were re-raised in 1976 the three cadet services were grouped together as the Australian Services Cadet Scheme, beforehand the three organisations were run under the directions of single service policy, in 2001 the name was changed to the Australian Defence Force Cadets as recommended by a review. While the Australian Defence Force Cadets is sponsored by ADF (Australian Defence Force) and runs under a similar rank structure, uniform and training activities, the ADFC is not an official branch of the Defence Force and runs in accordance with the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict which Australia has signed.

Cadet units are referred to differently depending on the parent service. Air Force Cadet units are referred to as Squadrons, Navy Cadet units are referred to as Training Ships and Army Cadet units are referred to as Army Cadet Units. The ADFC encompasses three organizations:

ADFC Ranks[edit]

Officer of Cadets (OOC) ranks[edit]

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
Insignia 2 SBLT WD SRI.png 3 LEUTANC WD SRI.png 4 LCDRANC WD SRI.png 5 CMDRANC WD SRI.png 6 CAPTANC WD SRI.png
Rank Sub Lieutenant
ANC
Lieutenant
ANC
Lieutenant
Commander ANC
Commander
ANC
Captain
ANC
Abbreviation SBLT,
ANC
LEUT,
ANC
LCDR,
ANC
CMDR,
ANC
CAPT,
ANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Rank Second Lieutenant
AAC
Lieutenant
AAC
Captain
AAC
Major
AAC
Lieutenant Colonel
AAC
Colonel
AAC
Abbreviation 2LT
(AAC)
LT
(AAC)
CAPT
(AAC)
MAJ
(AAC)
LTCOL
(AAC)
COL
(AAC)
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
Insignia Rankslide AAFC PLTOFF.jpg Rankslide AAFC FLGOFF.jpg Rankslide AAFC FLTLT.jpg Rankslide AAFC SQNLDR.jpg Rankslide AAFC WGCDR.jpg Rankslide AAFC GPCAPT.jpg
Rank Pilot Officer (AAFC) Flying Officer (AAFC) Flight Lieutenant (AAFC) Squadron Leader (AAFC) Wing Commander (AAFC) Group Captain (AAFC)
Abbreviation PLTOFF(AAFC) FLGOFF(AAFC) FLTLT(AAFC) SQNLDR(AAFC) WGCDR(AAFC) GPCAPT(AAFC)

Instructor of Cadets (IOC) ranks[edit]

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
Insignia 2 CDTAB WD SRI.png 3 CDTLS WD SRI.png 1 POANC WD SRI.png 5 CDTCPO WD SRI.png 6 CDTWO WD SRI.png
Rank Able Seaman ANC
(Inactive rank)
Leading Seaman ANC
(Inactive rank)
Petty Officer ANC Chief Petty Officer ANC Warrant Officer ANC
(Inactive rank)
Abbreviation ABANC LSANC POANC CPOANC WOANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Rank Trainee Officer of Cadets Lance Corporal AAC Corporal AAC Sergeant AAC Staff Sergeant AAC
(Former rank)
Warrant Officer Class Two AAC Warrant Officer Class One AAC
Abbreviation TOOC LCPL
(AAC)
CPL
(AAC)
SGT
(AAC)
SSGT
(AAC)
WO2
(AAC)
WO1
(AAC)
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
Insignia Rankslide AAFC AC.jpg Rankslide AAFC LAC.jpg Rankslide AAFC CPL.jpg Rankslide AAFC SGT.jpg Rankslide AAFC FSGT.jpg Rankslide AAFC WOFF.jpg
Rank Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman (AAFC) Leading Aircraftman/Leading Aircraftwoman (AAFC) Corporal (AAFC) Sergeant (AAFC) Flight Sergeant (AAFC) Warrant Officer (AAFC)
Abbreviation AC/W(AAFC) LAC/W(AAFC) CPL(AAFC) SGT(AAFC) FSGT(AAFC) WOFF(AAFC)

Cadets ranks[edit]

Ranks and Insignia of the Australian Defence Force Cadets
ADFC
Cadets
CDT 9 (Special Grade) CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)

Australian
Navy
Cadets
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8 CDTMIDN WD SRI.png 6 CDTWO WD SRI.png 5 CDTCPO WD SRI.png 1 POANC WD SRI.png 3 CDTLS WD SRI.png 2 CDTAB WD SRI.png 1 CDT WD SRI.png No Insignia

No Equivalent
Midshipman ANC Cadet Warrant Officer Cadet Chief Petty Officer Cadet Petty Officer Cadet Leading Seaman
No Equivalent
Cadet Able Seaman Cadet Seaman Cadet Recruit
MIDN, ANC CDTWO CDTCPO CDTPO CDTLS CDTAB CDTSMN CDTRCT
ADFC
Cadets
CDT 9 (Special Grade) CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)

Australian
Army
Cadets
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Chevrons in the
form of a diamond
with a red centre
Chevrons in the
form of a diamond
with a blue centre
Chevrons in
the form of
a diamond
Black wreath
surrounding the
Australian Coat
of Arms
Australian Coat
of Arms
St Edward's crown
surrounded by a
black box
Three Chevrons Two Chevrons One Chevron No Insignia No Insignia
National Cadet Under Officer Regional Cadet Under Officer Cadet Under Officer National Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Cadet Warrant Officer Class One Cadet Warrant Officer Class Two Cadet Sergeant Cadet Corporal Cadet Lance Corporal Cadet Cadet Recruit
NATCUO RCUO CUO NATCDTRSM CDTWO1 CDTWO2 CDTSGT CDTCPL CDTLCPL CDT CDTREC
ADFC
Cadets
CDT 9 (Special Grade) CDT 8 CDT 7 CDT 6 CDT 5 CDT 4 CDT 3 CDT 2 CDT 1 CDT (R)

Australian
Air Force
Cadets
(Edit)


Rankslide AAFC CUO.jpg Rankslide AAFC CWOFF.jpg Rankslide AAFC CFSGT.jpg Rankslide AAFC CSGT.jpg Rankslide AAFC CCPL.jpg Rankslide AAFC LCDT.jpg Rankslide AAFC CDT.jpg No Insignia

No Equivalent
Cadet Under Officer Cadet Warrant Officer Cadet Flight Sergeant Cadet Sergeant Cadet Corporal Leading Cadet
No Equivalent
Cadet Cadet Recruit
CUO CWOFF CFSGT CSGT CCPL LCDT CDT CDTRCT

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