Parliamentary Secretary for Defence – Youth cadets carry on the Anzac tradition

This Anzac Day, 16,929 Australian Defence Force youth cadets will volunteer their time to provide ceremonial support to numerous Anzac Day services across Australia.

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney said that all ADF youth cadets are part of a program which encourages the values of courage, teamwork, and leadership. These were the values which were forged on the shores of Gallipoli, and which our service women and men proudly continue to display at home and abroad.

“With 3,113 Navy Cadets, 11,230 Army Cadets, and 2,586 Air Force Cadets supporting Anzac events, it is clear that the respect and understanding of this nationally significant day is very much alive and well within the next generation,” Senator Feeney said.

“Under the Australian Government, the ADF Youth Cadet program has grown. The Government will continue to grow and support this program, because it offers Australian youth an opportunity to draw on some of the finest of Australian traditions and values,” Senator Feeney said.

Permanent and Reserve personnel from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will support a huge number of activities this Anzac Day, with the assistance of over 19,000 personnel from the three services.

Navy will support 698 events across the country, with the aid of 3,403 permanent and 95 Reserve personnel.

Army will support 958 events, with 7,576 permanent personnel and 2,685 Reserve personnel.

Air Force will support 639 events, with 5,868 personnel.

“On a day when so many Australians paid the ultimate sacrifice, we are proud to see such a great number of people, not only from the ADF, but from other organisations, like the Returned Services League, volunteer freely of their time and skills to provide all Australians with an opportunity to pay respect to those who have made our nation secure, “Senator Feeney said. 

Media contacts:
Senator Feeney’s Office: Jeffrey von Drehnen 0477 348 476
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999


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