Specialised Training

Specialised Training

The Australian Air Force Cadets is divided into Squadrons which provide practical training in local areas. They are supported by specialist Flights that run training camps and courses to enhance this training.

Fieldcraft Bivouacs

Fieldcraft is the study and practice of living in the bush. Classes are undertaken on parade nights which give cadets a foundation knowledge of health and safety in the bush, as well as appropriate behaviour and the required equipment and clothing.
Squadrons run bivouacs as part of their Squadron training. Bivouacs give cadets a chance to practice the skills they learn in class in a safe, realistic environment. Bivouacs are most often conducted on weekends during the school term.

Survival Bivouacs

Survival is the practical application of theoretical fieldcraft knowledge. Cadets in the later stages of training learn different techniques used to survive in challenging outdoor environments. Both theoretical and practical classes are conducted on parade nights.
After commencing the survival course of training, cadets may be selected to attend a survival bivouac. Survival bivouacs can be conducted in conjunction with regular bivouacs.
Survival can be a challenging but enjoyable and rewarding course.


Abseiling camps are seven day courses run during school holidays. Cadets have the opportunity to become skilled in advanced abseiling and vertical rescue techniques used by organisations such as Police Rescue and the State Emergency Service.
During the courses, cadets build upon and enhance their knowledge of knots and safety techniques.

Duke Of Edinburgh Award (DEA)

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DEA) is an internationally recognised program that encourages youth to be active in the community. It consists of three levels: gold, silver and bronze To commence the bronze award, cadets must be 14 years of age. To commence silver, cadets must be 15 years of age and 16 years of age to commence gold.
Each program has varying components such as skills, adventurous journeys and community service. If you are interested, please speak to the DEA coordinator.


Aeromodelling is the art of creating a model aircraft.
Cadets have the option of either piecing together a pre-fabricated aircraft or creating one from scratch. Aeromodelling may be undertaken as an elective subject during parade nights or weekends, or on a seven day camp during the school holidays.
Aeromodelling gives cadets a fundamental knowledge of the theory of aviation through practical experience. Cadets can choose from plastic construction of commercially available kits, control line flying and remote control models.

Canoe Camps

This activity helps to develop teamwork and a sense of self-achievement. Canoeing camps are run at both Squadron and Wing level, often as part of the Duke of Edinburgh (DEA) Award Scheme.

Adventure Taining Award (AWA)

The Australian Army Cadets conducts an Adventure Training Award (ATA) Course each year with positions available to AAFC members. A physical fitness test is held to gauge whether applicants possess the skills necessary to attempt the rigorous course successfully.
The ATA is conducted over seven days in a military training area. Knowledge of advanced navigation, weapon competency, first aid, search and rescue, radio communications, knots and lashings are all tested. Adventure training includes abseiling, physical fitness, leadership and teamwork, all conducted under adverse conditions. The course is challenging both physically and mentally, but at its conclusion cadets will have gained exposure to skills and experiences rarely found in the AAFC – even the live-firing of an F88 Austeyr.
Cadets who successfully complete the course are entitled to wear the ATA badge.

Firearms Training Elective (FTE)

Firearms Training Electives (FTE) is run by Squadrons to teach cadets about the safe handling and usage of firearms. Cadets learn how to correctly fire live weapons in a controlled environment with the emphasis on safety. Cadets commence their training on the BRNO CZ452 single bolt action rifle. Cadets are not to attend Squadron shooting events without first completing a FTE. Shoots are offered at both a Squadron and Wing level. Firearms handling and live-fire range practices are
designed to produce confidence in, and knowledge of, safe firearms handling, develop the cadet’s individual skill, presence of mind, range craft, analytical comprehension of a mechanical device and problem solving. It also provides an opportunity for the AAFC to test and check the standard of training.
Cadets who have completed a FTE and a qualifying shoot are entitled to wear the Single Rifle badge.

Radio Communications Elective

Radio Communications Elective (RCE) courses are run by Squadrons to teach cadets the correct methods of communicating by two-way radio. Cadets learn the military ‘RATEL’ procedure. Two-way radio communications are used during field exercises and in the classroom.

First Aid Training

First Aid courses are run at both squadron and Wing level. First Aid courses are usually weekend courses and are a pre-requisite for cadets aiming to attend CUO or CWOFF promotion courses. Cadets learn the many skills and techniques of first aid in both the classroom and the bush. After the successful completion of a First Aid course, cadets receive their First Aid Certificate issued by one of the major First Aid providers.