ADFA – The Last Six Days – Graduation

ADFA – The Last Six Days – Graduation

October 20, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


It’s our graduation week. It’s getting scarily real. It’s a very hectic week. It’s exciting because we’re
moving on from a significant chapter in our lives. I’m going to miss all
the people I’ve met. It’s like a big, big family. Found it quite challenging, but
I guess I’m pretty happy that I did it. Graduation is such a big deal. I’m very excited to graduate,
have my family down here to see that. I hope I’m ready. This afternoon we’re at the
Governor General’s Reception. Going to celebrate
the graduation. having a few light drinks. Just mingling, mainly. Tonight the graduations. We get the opportunity to just
have a tour in the study with the Governor General, which
I’m pretty excited about. A little bit nervous. I think she’ll come around and
chat to everyone in time. She’s from Queensland, and I’m
from Queensland too, so some common ground. Graduations are exciting. On Wednesday we get our degree
conferral, which is where we’re awarded our degrees
through the University of New South Wales. Today is more the academic side
of the graduation, so we get the degree. ADFA for me has been the
academics, and as nerdy as it probably sounds, I’ve really
enjoyed the classes. I just got my bachelor of
science majoring in geography and oceanography. Bachelor of aeronautical
engineering, CDF programme. I found it quite– definitely there were a few late
nights doing the degree. Lots of study. Put you in tears, don’t it? So proud. I’d recommend it to any kid. Well, we’ve done our academic
graduation, so we’ve also got to graduate from the military
side of the academy, and that will be tomorrow. The graduation parade on
Thursday, which is where we officially march off from ADFA
as graduates of the academy. Pretty exciting. I mean, I think this represents
the culmination of a lot of years of hard work
for these young people. The Governor General gave a full
inspection of the parade, and of the band. March of Governor General
[INAUDIBLE]! The parade looked really good. I’m very impressed with
the whole thing. I just received the Chief
of Army prize. It was a bit of a shock. I’m very proud. I’m very honored to have
received that award. And to see the development of
each of these young people, and that they’re ready now
to go out into the wider Australian Defence Force. I’ve been very proud today, and
that’s probably the best moment for me. For the final time, dismissed! ADFA has definitely
been a surprise. You come here, it’s not
going to be hard. They want you to pass, and
there’s a lot of support. A lot of support. It is a stepping stone to
a career in the ADF. The academy is hard work,
but it’s worth the effort you put in. As Army, we head over to the
real military college for another 12 months to complete
our officer training. We’ve heard a few stories. Many cadets that leave ADFA are
quite nervous about RMC. It’ll be fine. Heading off to HMAS
service next year. Myself and the rest of the
seaman officers, we will be going to HMAS Watson
to continue on our seaman officer training. Next near I’m heading just
over towards the airport. I’m going to Brindabella Park. Up to patrol boats based out of
Cairns next year for some more advanced navigation
training. Oh, yes. Ready to drive a ship. Get to militarise my
university degree. The majority of cadets here
are heading out into their units, and out into the fleet
for the first time to lead the soldiers and sailors.