French second-lieutenants from the Army Academy of Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan join the ADFA for an internship [fr]
Since 2009, a handful of French second-lieutenants - seven this year - from the Army Academy of Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan join the ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy), Canberra, for an 11 weeks academic internship.
This training period gives them the opportunity to produce an essay in their academic field (sciences, humanities, economy). Back to France, they propose their study to a jury of researchers.
Discovering a different culture and other institutions, enhancing their language skills and developing their sense of critical thinking and autonomy are also some objectives of this training. The connections created during the stay will enhance mutual knowledge, understanding and future exchanges with the young officers of the Australian army. This activity comes within a dynamic cooperation plan between both armies (Armée de terre, Army), including around thirty activities yearly (visits of authorities, exercises, training periods).
The young officers participated to the remembrance Day ceremonies and visited the Royal Military College-Duntroon, where they could chat with their counterparts and the local staff. To enhance the mutual knowledge of both Armies, an instructor from Duntroon will travel to France in 2020 to observe the military training at Saint-Cyr military school to better grasp the specificities of their education.
As always, ADFA provided an awesome welcome and a fantastic working place to the French cadets.
Le LTGEN Rick Burr, Chief of Army, with the French cadets, on the 11th of november at the Embassy of France.
Visit of the Royal Military College-Duntroon by the young officers, on the 14th of november, in presence of the commander of the RMC-Army, the BRI Hoskin.