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Australian Defence Force Academy

ADFA Sponsor and Mentoring Scheme

The Australian Defence Force Academy’s (ADFA) Trainee Officer Sponsor and Mentoring Scheme is designed to assist Midshipmen and Officer Cadets who are in their first year at the Academy in managing the transition from civilian to military and Academy life. The Sponsor and Mentoring scheme gives members of the wider Defence community an opportunity to participate in the development of future Australian Defence Force leaders. Most of these young adults have not been away from home for extended periods before and benefit enormously from having access to support and mentorship during their time at the ADFA.

In 2020, the Australian Defence Force Academy is again seeking the support of Defence personnel in the Canberra area as outlined in DEFGRAM 039/2020. The scheme is open to:

  • Current or ex-service Commissioned Officers (and their families).
  • Current or ex-service Warrant Officers Class 2 (E) (and their families).

There is no defined commitment for the scheme – the nature of the relationship is up to the individuals involved. Previous successful relationships have involved meetings for coffee and meals, regular phone/email contact, involvement in family and professional activities and invitations for sponsors and mentors to attend ADFA events. While sponsors and mentors are encouraged to contact ADFA Staff as they deem appropriate, there is no expectation that feedback be provided to ADFA Staff.

The scheme includes three categories:

  • Sponsor. General sponsorship of a Trainee Officer from all services including international.
  • Mentor - Female. A female mentor is assigned to a female Trainee Officer.
  • Mentor - Engineering. An Engineer or Engineering focussed mentor is assigned an Engineer Trainee Officer .

If you are interested in joining the scheme, please complete the Sponsor and Mentoring Scheme 2020 Application Form by Tuesday 18 February 2020. For those people who join the scheme and are allocated a Midshipman or Officer Cadet, the Australian Defence Force Academy will be holding an introduction evening commencing at 1800 hrs on Thursday, 20 February 2020 at the Academy Cadets Mess. This is the first opportunity for sponsors and mentors (including families) to be introduced to the Trainee Officers. Attendance is highly encouraged, but is not compulsory. Sponsors and mentors who cannot attend will be advised of their allocated Midshipman or Officer Cadet and a private introduction can be arranged.

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