About the Cadet Unit

Toowoomba Grammar School Cadet Unit
(Established 1892)

The Toowoomba Grammar School Cadet Unit is a School Based Unit in the Australian Army Cadets (AAC).  Our Mission is to provide quality leadership training and youth development through challenging activities delivered in a military setting. At Cadets we teach young Australians the value of teamwork, discipline, initiative, respect, self-reliance, loyalty and a spirit of adventure.  The Unit is comprised of male and female cadets from three local schools in Toowoomba:  Toowoomba Grammar School, Fairholme College and The Glennie School.  
The Unit holds many activities throughout the year which are conducted in a military-like context.   These include:

  • FourField Exercises (Bivouacs).

  • Training in areas such as drill, navigation, communications, first aid, pioneering, field craft, military history and traditions such as Dining In Nights.

  • Leadership Training – Those cadets who show leadership qualities, maturity, and initiative are trained to lead teams from 10 up to  90 cadets.

  • Visits to Military Bases including the Army Aviation Training Centre (Oakey), the Gallipoli Barracks (Enoggera) and Amberley Air Base.

  • Community Commitments including supporting the  Toowoomba ANZAC Day ceremonies , participating in the unit Annual Passing Out Parade and a Tri-Service Parade with other Army, Navy and Airforce Cadets Units.

  • Use of service firearms, .and ceremonial drill with 303 rifles.

  • Adventure Training conducted as a school activity

Cadets may also participate in the following activities co-ordinated by South Queensland Australian Army Cadets Brigade:

  • Brigade Annual Camp -  one week camp at Greenbank training area

  • Promotion Courses (Junior Leaders, Senior Leaders and CUO's / WO's)

  • The Adventure Training Award (ATAA) Course

  • Chief of Army Challenge

  • Army Cadet Exchange Program.

Members of the Unit are also able to enrol in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme which is considered by the Australian Army Cadets to be a top achievement award. Many of the activities conducted at cadets can be cross-credited for this Award. It complements the Adventure Training Award by encompassing a broader range of activities and skills, and provides excellent recognition of achievements both within the Australian Army Cadets and other through other co-curricular involvement.  The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is one of the badges Cadets may wear on their uniforms and we strongly encourage cadets to participate in this program.

The Unit parades every Friday afternoon during school term from 3:30pm to 6:15pm on Old Boys Memorial Oval at Toowoomba Grammar School. Training is divided into three tiers and takes place on these home training afternoons and during weekend bivouacs.

Toowoomba Grammar School is our Sponsor Unit and provides us with administrative and facility support.  The Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre is our Foster Unit and provides us with logistical support.  We greatly appreciate the work of, and support from, our Sponsor and Foster Units.