The recent Australian Defence Force Academy sex scandal

April 12, 2011 at 1:32 am (Commentary) (, , )

If the facts are what we are presented with in the media the community at large  is entitled to ask what should be done about the cadets involved?

At the Defence Force Academy there are a number of privileged young men and women who have arrived there through a selection process that has eliminated a number of unsuccessful applicants. Presumably, the successful ones who are accepted are considered the best. The ‘best’ go onto a taxpayers’ funded university education and a career in the armed forces. If they don’t measure up, the Australian taxpayers are not getting value for their money, and they should be expelled from the Academy, to make their way outside at their own expense like most other Australians. The point I’m making is that it is a privilege to attend the Academy, not a right.

All involved in this unsavory affair are from any objective judgement in the wrong: the male cadet who arranged the Skype presentation of his sexual encounter with the female cadet without her knowledge; his fellow cadets who watched; and the female cadet who chose to disregard the rules about fraternisation in the Academy.

Just remember that these cadets are the chosen ones who are destined to be our future officers in the army, navy and air force. They’ve not measured up and they are taking up places at the Academy that may well have gone to more deserving unsuccessful candidates.

Of course, I’m not privy to all that might be said in their defence, but on the face of it, I’d be inclined to give them all their marching orders, and offer their places to others.

What do you think?



  1. Clara Cabeza said,

    Every one who participated in that ‘orgy’ should be sacked. Period. Male or female. They have to know what they want. Consider this an early symptom of the immaturity they’ll carry as officers later on.

  2. Wayne Cross said,

    I agree if they cannot abide by the ADFA Rules they must All go. Imagine what this diversion of theirs could translate into if they were in command of troops at the frontline.They are all disjointed and disloyal to one another. Taxpayers cannot tolerate that.
    By all means give the runner ups a fair go.

  3. Antony Ruhan said,

    Defence is serious business. The defence forces have to enforce a discipline stricter than civil life. The offenders in the affair regarded themselves as above the regulations. They should go. Later they will serve in circumstances where the pressures to take advantage of others are great. The forces should insist on discipline now.

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