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The Corps of Staff Cadets (CSC) is a corps of the Australian Army. It is ranked first in the Order of Precedence ahead of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps.[1] The CSC is the corps to which all officer trainees, known as staff cadets, who attend the Royal Military College, Duntroon are allocated once they have completed their initial stage of training in III Class, known as Initial Cadet Training. Upon completion of this training, which lasts between six and eight weeks, the successful III Class cadets are welcomed into the Corps and presented with their Corps lanyard at what is known as the "Lanyard Parade".[2] The name of the Corps of Staff Cadets is derived from the earliest history of the College, which was set up in 1911 to train officers to fill positions in the now defunct Staff Corps.[3] Currently, however, following graduation, the cadet is promoted to the rank of lieutenant[4] and allocated to a combat, combat support or combat service support corps, such as the Royal Australian Infantry Corps, Royal Australian Engineers, Royal Australian Armoured Corps, Royal Australian Corps of Transport, Royal Australian Artillery, etc.[5]

Order of precedence

Preceded by
Australian Army Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Royal Australian Armoured Corps


  1. "Australian Army Corps Badges". Department of Defence (Australia). Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  2. "Barracks Life". Department of Defence (Australia). Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  3. Coulthard-Clark 1986, p. 41.
  4. "Officers and Management". Department of Defence (Australia). Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  5. "Officer Jobs". Department of Defence (Australia). Retrieved 9 July 2010. 


  • Coulthard-Clark, Chris (1986). Duntroon. The Royal Military College of Australia, 1911–1986. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-0-86861-883-8. 

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