TAS Cadet Unit

Operating as part of the Australian Army Cadets (AAC), The Armidale School Cadet Unit is the third oldest in Australia. 

While drill and ceremonial work is undertaken, the emphasis is strongly geared towards outdoor activities with inherent leadership opportunities that empower young people to achieve their potential, such as camping, abseiling, canyoning, kayaking and canoeing.

Year 8 students are posted in C Coy and Year 9 in B Coy. In Year 10, students are placed in A Coy, which has a stronger focus on Adventure-style activities. Girls have their own platoons and participate in the cadet program in line with the A Coy program. A Signals Platoon and Q-Store are also part of the unit.

Students can opt to attend leadership training at junior, senior and cadet under officer level, normally in Year 9 to 11. These students are then posted to leadership appointments at Section, Platoon and Company level.

The Cadet program involves four Activities Days in Term 1and one day in both Terms 2 and 3 (some will include overnight sleepouts). It culminates in Term 4 with a two-day Bivouac and a week-long Annual Camp based at Nymboida Canoe Centre. In addition the Cadet Unit rehearses ceremonial drill for Anzac Day and Passing Out Parade (Term 3).

Equipment and clothing is supplied by Q-Store as part of each term’s Activities Levy (lost or damaged gear will incur an additional charge).