Defence Minister Michael Keenan has said the Army must focus on closing military schools and closing military training academies.
Key points:The Army is already cutting the number of cadets it takes from its ranks and the Defence Force has announced it will shut three academies for “financial reasons”The Department of Defence has said it is closing three schools for “Financial Reasons”The Australian Defence Force’s chief of staff said the academies were closing because of “financial pressures”The Army has said its Cadet Training Academy at Perth, Western Australia, will close this year and a Sydney-based cadet training academy will close in 2019.
“We’ve got to find a new way to deliver our young men and women to the best possible place and to take on the responsibilities of the military,” Defence Minister Keenan said.
“I think we’ve got the right people, the right personnel to do that.”
The last thing we want is to see them leave to go out into the world to do something that’s not for them.
“Mr Keenan acknowledged that the Army was already cutting cadets from its military ranks and that it had been cutting cadet numbers for a number of years.”
You’ve got a lot of cadet recruits that have been there for a very long time who are in the Army for a long time,” he said.”[We’re] doing the best we can with what we’ve had, which is Cadet Command, Cadet Corps, Cadete Command, cadet corps.”‘
We can’t be complacent’Army officials say they are “not looking to close cadets”He said the Defence Forces had announced it would close three acadas for “fiscally reasons”.”
It is not our goal to close schools.
That is not what we’re doing,” he told ABC Radio WA.”
But we can’t just sit back and say it’s not our objective, that’s the responsibility of the Department of Defense, that we can not be complacant.
“In some ways it is.
In some ways we are doing the very best we possibly can.”
But he said the military was already having to cut cadet positions, and it was important that cadets had the best education possible.
“There are a lot more jobs to be done,” he added.
“If we want to do our best and do what we think is right, then we can do that.”‘
It’s not the end of the world’Mr Keenans comments come after the Defence Department announced it was closing three military training academy schools in the Western Australian state of Western Australia.
“It’s been an extremely difficult decision to make,” he acknowledged.
“A lot of people have made their own financial decisions that they will be able to take out, but there are others that will not be able.”
They’ve been put out to pasture, their children have been placed in a very different environment than the ones they were raised in, and the military is the only institution in our country where they can learn in the military.
“Mr Kean said the academy closures were a result of financial pressures, and there would be a review of the academy’s finances to see whether it could continue.”
What we are seeing is a little bit of a downturn in cadet recruitment in Western Australia,” he explained.”
This is a very difficult time for the cadets and a very challenging time for all of us.
“That is why we’re putting the review together and it is very important that we get that right.”
Mr Kendall said he would be speaking with cadets about how to improve their learning and continue to support them in their pursuit of education.
“As we look to the future, I will be speaking to them about what they need to do to get themselves up to the next level,” he promised.
“So, as much as we’re aware of the financial pressures that we’ve experienced in the last few years, we want them to have a very strong, high-quality education.”‘
They need to be strong enough’The Department has released a list of the three acadres that will be closing, with the final date to be announced in the coming weeks.
“While we are still committed to ensuring that the cadet and the serviceman is at the top of their career path, we are also determined to ensure that the young people who are our future leaders are strong enough to do so,” it said.’
We are doing our best’Mr Kendall has also said the Government would be looking to change the way in which cadets were trained.
“Cadet training is a big challenge.
It’s a big opportunity for the young men that are coming through that are currently in the academy system to do better,” he noted.”
When you have a military cadet that has not been through the military system, who’s been through cadet command, who hasn’t had the chance to