ADFA is a unique partnership between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) which provides training and education for the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force.
Approximately 800 Navy Midshipmen and Army and Air Force Officer Cadets are currently enrolled in the three year training program at ADFA. Another 300 are currently completing a fourth year of academic studies through UNSW. These cadets come from around Australia and, through military exchange programs, from 16 other Defence Forces around the world.
Midshipmen and Officer Cadets at ADFA begin a career in the ADF, receiving a full time salary while they undertake a program of military and leadership training. At the same time they study an undergraduate program through UNSW, fully paid for by the Australian Defence Force. As well as being guaranteed a full time job, they will graduate with a degree that is recognised throughout Australia and overseas.
The university education and military training they undertake will ensure they possess the knowledge, skills, professional abilities and qualities of character appropriate to Officers in the ADF.
ADFA trains future leaders and opens up a wide range of career opportunities to graduates.