Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

The Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering all young Australians aged 14-24 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.

The Award is a flexible, interesting and fun-packed program for all young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to participate in a number of activities over a set length of time. It is entirely voluntary and is structured so that cadets can design their own unique program centered around their interests and passions. To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. All participants are supported by a network of adult Award Leaders, Assessors, and Supervisors.

3 Wing Australian Air Force Cadets is a registered operator of the Award, and 321 Squadron has its own DEA coordinator. Many of the activities undertaken by 321 Squadron cadets contribute directly to the requirements of the award.

There is a cost levied by the DEA administrators, and this amount can be found on their website (the link is below), however, this also includes insurance cover for whenever you are on a DEA Activity.

There are 3 award levels with Bronze being the starting point, and Silver and Gold levels respectively being more challenging . Each award has its own requirements and usually if you have done the previous award you are exempt from some of the training involved in the award. You also can't start each award until you have reached the minimum age requirement which are as follows:

  • Bronze - 14 years old at the starting date.
  • Silver - 15 years old at the starting date.
  • Gold - 16 years old at the starting date.
  • Interested cadets can contact the 321SQN DEAS coordinator at the following email address link: 321SQN DEAS Coordinator.

    Find out more information by visiting the website of the NSW DEAS Office.