Australian Defence Force Support
The Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) shares the ideals and values of its parent, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
One notable distinction between the AAFC and the RAAF is that all AAFC members are volunteers. Cadets are enrolled and Officers and Instructors of Cadets are appointed to the AAFC.
Although many members of the AAFC are ex-ADF members the AAFC is keen to also attract serving members of the ADF, both Permanent and Reserve, to assist the AAFC to deliver the cadet experience.
Accordingly the AAFC has created a category titled ADF Support to which ADF members can be assigned.
CONDITIONS APPLYING TO ADF SUPPORT
- ADF Support do not join the AAFC. They are placed in an administrative category in CadetOne known as ADF Support.
- ADF Support are administered by the AAFC Chain of Command and approved to attend AAFC activities by the Officer Commanding the relevant AAFC wing. Approval to ADF Support may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Officer Commanding.
- ADF Support are obliged to conform with AAFC policy and direction and must sign the AAFC Behavioural Expectations document and acknowledge their acceptance of the AAFC Code of Conduct
- ADF Support are to complete a suitability assessment undertaken by Cadet Branch prior to being approved by the AAFC Officer Commanding to attend AAFC activities.
- ADF Support require the written approval of their Commanding Officer to attend AAFC activities
- ADF Support are to wear their ADF uniform whilst participating in AAFC activities.
- Chief of Air Force Directive 08/08 states, “A PAF member or a member of the Air Force Reserve rendering full time continuous service under the provisions of Section 4(J)3 of Air Force Act 1923 who is an auxiliary officer or instructor with the AAFC, or an AAFC officer or instructor of cadets, may, at the discretion of their Commander, be authorised to undertake temporary official duty to perform such duties. Normally the aggregate period of duty for these AAFC activities is not to exceed three weeks within a financial year. This applies to Air Force members who provide ADF support.
- ADF Support will not be entitled to claim Cadet Forces Allowance (CFA) for attendance at any AAFC activity.
- ADF Support hold no command position or responsibility within the AAFC and are to respond to reasonable direction from the AAFC Chain of Command.
- ADF Support will not be permitted unsupervised access to cadets until they have completed a working with children check relevant to the state in which they are attending activities.
The Officer Commanding of the Wing in which the ADF Support is registered has the authority to deregister an ADF Support. Upon de-registration, the person is no longer entitled to participate in AAFC activities. ADF Support are not members of the AAFC and whilst common courtesy of discussion, issue resolution and/or notification should apply, the rules of natural justice and/or due process do not apply to a de-registration.
If you have any questions relating to the above please discuss them with the Recruiting Officer.