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The Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) are a community-based, youth development organisation of approximately 22,000 cadets and 2,200 cadet staff in 464 units and squadrons across Australia.

The ADFC comprise three Cadet organisations:

Coordination of the Australian Defence Force Cadets is via the Cadet Policy Branch (part of the Department of Defence).[1]

The ADFC is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Defence, in partnership with the community.[1]


Cadet Units

Cadet Units are referred to differently depending on the parent service (Airforce 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)ADFC Units are located in a variety of accommodations. Units may be based on Defence premises; in community accommodation (for example Scout halls or facilities shared with sporting clubs ); or based at a school. A typical Cadet unit includes a parade ground, classroom facilities, a Q Store, and amenities. There are some differences between Cadet Services: ANC units often have dormitory-style accommodation, a galley (kitchen), and a boat shed. Each unit is furnished according to Service, with posters, memorabilia, etc.


The Australian Defence Force Cadets have been a large part of the Australian Community since the 1800s. After Cadets was reraised in 1976 the three cadet services were grouped together as the Australian Services Cadet Scheme. In 2001 this was changed to the Australian Defence Force Cadets.

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