Training

The purpose of Officer Cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility in the Cadets, in addition to qualifying them as Military Aviators. To benefit from that training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, the Officer Cadet needs mental acuity and physical agility.

Stage 1 - Induction (Three months)

The purpose of this Stage is to master the basic skills required of a member of the Defence Forces. Training will be instructional in nature.Cadets will be trained in small groups concentrating on character development and personal competencies. At the end of this Stage, Cadets will:

  1. Understand the Defence Forces Values. 
  2. Understand the principles of leadership. 
  3. Accept personal responsibility. 
  4. Have developed their discipline, esprit de corps and physical fitness. 
  5. Be proficient in personal weapons, map reading, foot drill, arms drill, field craft and other competencies. 
  6. Have successfully completed Semester 1 of their academic studies.

Stage 2 - Foundation (Six months)

The purpose of this Stage is to develop the leadership skills of the student and master fundamental collective military skills. The Infantry Section and Platoon in conventional operations will be used as the vehicles for development, concentrating on increasing character development and developing small group competencies. Training will be instructional / directional in nature. At the end of this Stage, students will have retained the skills from Stage 1 and will:

  1. Appreciate the Defence Forces Values. 
  2. Have advanced their leadership skills. 
  3. Accept responsibility for unit/s under their command. 
  4. Have further developed their discipline, esprit de corps and combat fitness. 
  5. Have completed fundamental Adventure Training. 
  6. Be proficient in section weapons, section conventional tactics, communications, methods of instruction and other competencies. 
  7. Have successfully completed Year 1 of their academic studies.

Stage 3 - Flight Training

The purpose of this stage is to train Students in both basic and advanced flight training. Training is carried out in a directional manner on fixed wing aircraft and simulators. This stage of training is where students undertake the complete course of instruction to successfully become a Military Aviator. At the end of this Stage, students will have retained the skills from Stage 1 and 2 and will have qualified as follows:

  • Airline Transportation Licence Theoretical
  • Military Wings Course — Aircraft Captains qualification
  • Pilot Pilatus PC — 9M Turboprop

Specialisation

After commissioning new Pilots are assigned to 104 Squadron, Army Co-op Squadron for a period of twelve months. Following this they may then apply to continue as a fixed wing Pilot or to train as a helicopter Pilot.

Commissioning and Wings Ceremonies

The Officer Cadet training programme concludes with a commissioning ceremony where the Officer Cadets receive their new ranks — 2nd Lieutenant in the case of school leavers and Lieutenant in the case of graduates. The ceremony takes place in the Aerodrome, Baldonnel with the families of the newly commissioned Officers  invited to view the retaking of their oath of enlistment and receiving their Presidential Commissions from the Minister of Defence.

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