Army officer Cadet Training

The purpose of cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility in the cadet. To benefit from that training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, the 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. Students will be trained in small groups, Infantry Squads and Sections, concentrating on character development and personal competencies.  At the end of this Stage, students will:

  • Understand the Defence Forces Values. 
  • Understand the principles of leadership.
  • Accept personal responsibility. 
  • Have developed their discipline, esprit de corps and physical fitness.
  • Be proficient in personal weapons, map reading, foot drill, arms drill, field craft and other competencies.
  • 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:

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

Stage 3 - Core Stage (Six months)

The purpose of this stage is to expand the leadership skills of the student and to master core collective military skills. The Infantry Platoon and Company, in both conventional operations and in operations other than war, will be used as the vehicles for this expansion. Reinforcing character development and increasing group competencies will be paramount. The training will be directional in nature with students empowered increasingly during this stage. At the end of this Stage, students will have retained the skills from Stage 1 and 2 and will:

  • Embrace the Defence Forces Values. 
  • Have developed their leadership
  • Seek responsibility for unit/s under their command
  • Be disciplined, physically and combat fit. 
  • Have pursued Adventure Training in their own time.
  • Possess a high esprit de corps in the Defence Forces.
  • Be proficient in platoon conventional tactics, Fighting in Built Up Areas, Operations Other Than War (Peace Support Operations, Internal Security & Public Order), ceremonial drill and other competencies.
  • Have successfully completed Semester 3 of their academic studies.

Unit Assignment

Officer Cadets who are deemed to have successfully completed the Officer Cadet training programme receive their Unit assignment in the last week of their Cadetship. During this ceremony the Officer Cadets are told which of the four formations they been assigned — 1 Brigade, 2 Brigade or Defence Forces Training Centre and to which Service Corp they have been appointed - Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Supply & Transport or Communications Information Systems.

Commissioning Ceremony

The Officer Cadet training programme concludes with a commissioning ceremony where the 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 Military College with the families invited to view the new Officers retaking their oath of enlistment and receiving their Presidential Commissions from the Minister of Defence.   

 

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