Today’s 134th Graduating Class from the Royal Military College – Duntroon included 13 international Staff Cadets, from Fiji, Thailand, Qatar, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan. They were joined by their 71 graduating Australian Army class-mates to march on the mid-year graduation parade in Canberra, following in the footsteps of Duntroon graduates since 1914.
The Reviewing Officer was the Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, joined by the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, CSC. The parade signifies the completion of Duntroon’s 18 month Officer Commissioning Course, and the graduates will now commence service in their respective Armies as young officers.
Commandant of the Royal Military College of Australia, Brigadier Rupert Hoskin, AM, said the graduation parade was a testament to Duntroon’s proud history of training officers for Australia and our partner nations in the region.
‘We are pleased to welcome staff cadets from other nations across the Indo – Pacific Region to train alongside their Australian counter-parts. The interoperability and personal friendships developed here will last a lifetime and will help our Armies serve together for the common good,” Brigadier Hoskin said.
“On parade today, we were proud to have our first Qatari graduate, our first female Papua New Guinean graduate, and no less than five Fijian staff cadets.
“We welcome the proud families and friends of all graduates, especially those who have travelled from overseas to be here on this memorable day.”
The Royal Military College at Duntroon prepares cadets and other selected candidates for careers in the Army by promoting leadership and integrity, by inspiring high ideals and the pursuit of excellence, and through inculcating a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the nation.
“Instilling the facets of Good Soldiering and the Army’s values of Courage, Initiative, Respect and Teamwork are key as these young officers now continue their journey to become the future leaders of their Armies,” Brigadier Hoskin said.
The Staff Cadets who conducted the parade were supported by the RMC-D Band.