Young Victorians from the Australian Army Cadets have been put through their paces this week at their Brigade annual camp.
Approximately 800 Cadets have spent the week at the Puckapunyal Military Training Area, where they have been developing their core field skills including navigation, firearms safety, first aid, field engineering, communications and military knowledge.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today visited the Cadets at their camp.
“Camps like this one are a great opportunity for young Australians to develop themselves while experiencing life in the military.
“These Cadets have come into the field to learn new skills and to be tested. They will undoubtedly form the next generation of community, business and military leaders,” Senator Feeney said.
He praised the Cadets, saying their hard work reflected Army’s core values of courage, initiative and teamwork.
“The Government is committed to the Australian Defence Force Cadets; it is a youth development program that provides young Australians with a unique military experience and embodies strong values, such as honour, honesty, integrity, courage, loyalty, teamwork and citizenship,” Senator Feeney said.
The regional annual camp for the Victorian Australian Army Cadet Brigade runs from 23-29 September.
Across Australia, around 7,000 Army Cadets from approximately 190 community-based and school-based units attend the annual camps.
The Australian Army Cadets is a leading national youth development organisation, with the character and values of the Australian Army, founded on a strong community partnership, fostering and supporting an ongoing interest in the Australian Army.
There are around 15,000 Army Cadets in 217 units spread across all states and territories of Australia.
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