1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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1294-81 Trainee Commissioned Defence Force Officer

Studies and trains as a member of the Australian Defence Force within a structured training and assessment program to obtain the knowledge and skills required to perform the tasks of a Commissioned Defence Force Officer.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is the equivalent of successful completion of Year 12 with passes in suitable subjects, and to have been selected by a Defence Force Selection Board.

Tasks Include:

  • learns the relationship between foreign policy and defence policy and the process by which national defence strategy is developed
  • learns to respond appropriately to government policy objectives
  • learns to prepare and execute operational and tactical plans during war and peace to achieve objectives set by headquarters and commanding officers
  • learns management skills to provide an ability to manage defence force organisational units
  • learns basic tactical skills appropriate to the member's service for the defence of Australia and Australia's interests
  • learns leadership skills to command subordinates to achieve objectives in dangerous and stressful situations
  • learns to operate defence force weapons and equipment
  • learns to plan and conduct firing practices safely and in accordance with Defence Force instructions
  • participates in ceremonial duties

Midshipman (Navy)
Officer Cadet (Air Force)
Staff Cadet (Army)

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