Saluting future leaders: Army cadets on parade in Flynn

Leadership, community and personal development were on display this week when Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd was joined by the Assistant Minister for Defence Michael McCormack on a visit to 14 Army Cadet Unit Blackwater.

“It is great to be here today at the Blackwater Army Cadet unit with the Assistant Defence Minister to watch the cadets being put through their paces on the parade ground,” Mr O’Dowd said.


“As a former cadet, I understand Australian Defence Force cadets learn leadership, teamwork and life skills which will prepare them for life after school in whatever careers they may choose.

“Joining a cadet unit is a fantastic way for young people to develop and grow into future community leaders, ready to make valuable contributions to our society.

“I congratulate the young people here today for enlisting in the Army Cadets, and I strongly encourage locals to consider getting involved to be part of a team, to learn some new skills and to have a good deal of fun along the way,” Mr O’Dowd said.

Assistant Minister McCormack acknowledged the role cadet units play in local communities and opportunities which are available to young people considering their future careers.

“It is a privilege to be here today to meet so many inspiring young people who give up their free time to be part of the Army Cadets – learning valuable skills which will give them a strong foundation for their future,” Mr McCormack said.

“Cadets, and other programmes such as ADF Gap Year, are also a great way for young Australians to consider a career in our Navy, Army and Air Force.

“There is no greater calling then serving our country and I encourage anyone who is interested in an ADF career to visit,” Mr McCormack said.

Cristy Houghton