Aims of the AAFC

The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) places an emphasis on practical training and youth development in all regards, whether it be in the classroom, on the parade ground, in an aircraft or on the firing range. All subjects and activities run by the AAFC are selected to fulfil the aims of the AAFC.

The aim of the Australian Defence Force Cadets, which includes the AAFC, is by predominantly voluntary effort, to better equip young people for community life by fostering initiative, leadership, discipline and loyalty through training programmes which are also designed to stimulate an interest in a particular arm of the Defence Force.

From this, the following specific aims have been developed:

  • To give cadets a foundation of Air Force knowledge and discipline;
  • To develop qualities of leadership, initiative and self-reliance;
  • To develop character and good citizenship in the widest sense;
  • To develop an interest in the Royal Australian Air Force and aviation generally;
  • To instil a knowledge of the history of aviation; and
  • To encourage cadets to continue an active interest in aviation into their adult life.