Ariadne is currently training at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), where she is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in geography.

“I’m looking forward to starting my JBAC training. We’ve had a glimpse of it so far and it’s like taking a bite out of the cookie and wanting more,” Ariadne said. 

“I chose to study at ADFA because I knew that I didn’t want a regular university experience. I wanted to be challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone, and ADFA is the perfect place for that. I’ve extended beyond what I ever thought I would, both mentally and physically, and I absolutely love it.”

The combination of military training, education and skills Ariadne will gain from her time at ADFA will prepare her to face any challenge and perform on the world stage as a leader in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

“I was once a very quiet and shy person who was scared of a lot of things because I didn’t believe in myself. In coming here, I’ve overcome so many things and challenges as a person and it’s a great place to grow and to try new things.

“ADFA is a place for everyone and it’s got its perks for everybody; you can grow and find your niche and fit,” Ariadne said.

ADFA is a unique partnership between the ADF and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), providing training for the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and a world class education. Officer Cadets and Midshipmen are instilled with the Academy’s guiding values of Courage, Respect, Integrity, Service and Professionalism.

The Defence Force is currently recruiting in a number of roles.  For further information on military training and study at ADFA visit: or call 13 19 01.