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The Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) (Known as the Australian Service Cadet Scheme until 2001) consists of three Australian Defence Force affiliated community-based, youth development organisations of approximately 22,000 cadets and 2,200 cadet staff in 464 units and squadrons across Australia. Coordination of the Australian Defence Force Cadets is via the ADF HQ unit called Reserve and Youth Division, with Commander ADF Cadets - directly accountable to VCDF. The ADFC is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Defence, in partnership with the community.

Australian Defence Force Cadets
Australian Defence Force Cadets Logo.jpg
The Badge of the ADFC
Active1976 – Present
RoleVolunteer Youth Organisation
HeadquartersADF Cadets
Commanders
Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support DivisionsRear Admiral Bruce Kafer

The Australian Defence Force Cadets have been a large part of the Australian community since the 19th century. After the cadets were re-raised in 1976 the three cadet services were grouped together as the Australian Services Cadet Scheme, beforehand the three organisations were run under the directions of single service policy, in 2001 the name was changed to the Australian Defence Force Cadets as recommended by a review. While the Australian Defence Force Cadets is sponsored by ADF (Australian Defence Force) and runs under a similar rank structure, uniform and training activities, the ADFC is not an official branch of the Defence Force and runs in accordance with the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict which Australia has signed.

Cadet units are referred to differently depending on the parent service. Air Force 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. The ADFC encompasses three organizations:

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ADFC RanksEdit

Officer of Cadets (OOC) ranksEdit

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
Insignia          
Rank Sub Lieutenant
ANC
Lieutenant
ANC
Lieutenant
Commander ANC
Commander
ANC
Captain
ANC
Abbreviation SBLT,
ANC
LEUT,
ANC
LCDR,
ANC
CMDR,
ANC
CAPT,
ANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Rank Second Lieutenant
AAC
Lieutenant
AAC
Captain
AAC
Major
AAC
Lieutenant Colonel
AAC
Colonel
AAC
Abbreviation 2LT
(AAC)
LT
(AAC)
CAPT
(AAC)
MAJ
(AAC)
LTCOL
(AAC)
COL
(AAC)
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
Insignia            
Rank Pilot Officer (AAFC) Flying Officer (AAFC) Flight Lieutenant (AAFC) Squadron Leader (AAFC) Wing Commander (AAFC) Group Captain (AAFC)
Abbreviation PLTOFF(AAFC) FLGOFF(AAFC) FLTLT(AAFC) SQNLDR(AAFC) WGCDR(AAFC) GPCAPT(AAFC)

Instructor of Cadets (IOC) ranksEdit

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
Insignia          
Rank Able Seaman ANC
(Inactive rank)
Leading Seaman ANC
(Inactive rank)
Petty Officer ANC Chief Petty Officer ANC Warrant Officer ANC
(Inactive rank)
Abbreviation ABANC LSANC POANC CPOANC WOANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Rank Unit Assistant AAC Lance Corporal AAC Corporal AAC Sergeant AAC Staff Sergeant AAC
(Former rank)
Warrant Officer Class Two AAC Warrant Officer Class One AAC
Abbreviation UA
(AAC)
LCPL
(AAC)
CPL
(AAC)
SGT
(AAC)
SSGT
(AAC)
WO2
(AAC)
WO1
(AAC)
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
Insignia            
Rank Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman (AAFC) Leading Aircraftman/Leading Aircraftwoman (AAFC) Corporal (AAFC) Sergeant (AAFC) Flight Sergeant (AAFC) Warrant Officer (AAFC)
Abbreviation AC/W(AAFC) LAC/W(AAFC) CPL(AAFC) SGT(AAFC) FSGT(AAFC) WOFF(AAFC)

Cadets ranksEdit

Australian Navy Cadets (ANC)
Insignia (No insignia)              
Rank Cadet Recruit Cadet Seaman Cadet Able Seaman Cadet Leading Seaman Cadet Petty Officer Cadet Chief Petty Officer Cadet Warrant Officer Midshipman ANC
Abbreviation CDTRCT CDTSMN CDTAB CDTLS CDTPO CDTCPO CDTWO MIDN, ANC
Australian Army Cadets (AAC)
Rank Cadet Recruit Cadet Cadet Lance Corporal Cadet Corporal Cadet Sergeant Cadet Staff Sergeant (Former rank) Cadet Warrant Officer Class Two Cadet Warrant Officer Class One National Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major Cadet Under Officer Regional Cadet Under Officer National Cadet Under Officer
Abbreviation CDTREC CDT CDTLCPL CDTCPL CDTSGT CDTSSGT CDTWO2 CDTWO1 NATCDTWO CUO RCUO NATCUO
Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC)
Insignia              
Rank Cadet Leading Cadet Cadet Corporal Cadet Sergeant Cadet Flight Sergeant Cadet Warrant Officer Cadet Under Officer
Abbreviation CDT LCDT CCPL CSGT CFSGT CWOFF CUO

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