Drill & Ceremonial Skills

The AAFC can be viewed as the 'Light Blue Footprint' of the Royal Australian Air Force, and at 321 Squadron we take great pride being seen in the public eye. As a uniformed youth organization we frequently participate in local parades and commemorations in and around the Newcastle Region, promoting the high standards and discipline the squadron aims to achieve.

The two main parades each year are the ANZAC Day Services held on 25 April each year, and the 321 Squadron Review and Graduation parade, which is held in early December each year. At these events the squadron aims for maximum turnout from cadets and staff alike as these parades mark significant events.

Members of 321 Squadron also support local RSL Sub-branches by participating in the National Servicemen's parade in February, the Vietnam Veterans commemoration in August, the Battle of Britain service in September, and the Remembrance Day services in November. Cadets from 321SQN train with both drill purpose F88 Austeyrs, and heritage SMLE .303 rifles, to enable the squadron to provide catafalque guards for these commemorations.

Additionally, the squadron participates annually in the 3 Wing drill competitions at RAAF Richmond, where the cadets can enter both team and individual drill competitions. The competitions are usually followed by the annual 3 Wing parade, where over 1500 cadets 'on parade' before an invited reviewing officer. It's a memorable experience!