135th graduation of Australian Army’s future leaders – 10 December 2019

Department of Defence


Today the Australian Army’s 135th Graduating Class from the Royal Military College – Duntroon (RMC-D) have proudly paraded in front of family and friends in Canberra.

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO said the young leaders graduating will shape the Army’s future.

“Our people are our greatest asset. These junior leaders will lead, inspire and make a difference. I am proud of these talented young officers who will shape the Army’s future success,” Lieutenant General Burr said.

“Many of our former RMC-D graduates have gone on to achieve great success in their careers and all aspects of their lives, whether it is with the Australian Army, other areas of Defence, or later if they choose a civilian career.

“For over a century the college has produced graduates who have exemplified the honour, courage and wisdom Australia expects from its military leaders. Our standards are high, but the results speak for themselves.”

The graduation was also the first time the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General (Retd) the Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC reviewed the parade, since taking office.

The parade was significant for the graduation of Staff Cadets from Afghanistan, Fiji, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar and Thailand, with this being the first time an Afghan Staff Cadet has graduated.

“To see eight international Staff Cadets from seven countries graduating today demonstrates that the education that RMC-D provides is valued internationally,” Lieutenant General Burr said.

“I wish each and every graduate the best and encourage them to continue to listen, learn and lead throughout their careers.”

RMC-D prepares our people for careers in the Army by promoting leadership and integrity, inspiring high-ideals and the pursuit of excellence, and instilling a sense of duty, loyalty and service to the nation.

Situated at the former Campbell family homestead at Duntroon, the college was opened in 1911 to oversee the initial military training of all officers in the Australian Army.

Images will be available at: https://images.defence.gov.au/S20193020

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