Toowoomba Grammar School Army Cadet Unit (TGSACU) is a School-Based Unit of the Australian Army Cadets (AAC).
The aim of the Australian Defence Force Cadets is to provide opportunities for all young Australians to obtain comprehensive personal challenges, growth, enhanced self-esteem, self-discipline and adventurous enjoyment in a military setting.
Toowoomba Grammar School Army Cadet Unit (TGSACU) has its foundation in what was known as “drill and gymnastics” dating back to 1877. Officially formed in 1892 TGSACU is the longest continuously serving Army Cadet Unit in Queensland and one of the oldest Cadet units in all of Australia.
Since then, TGS Old Boys have fought in every global conflict with over 200 paying the supreme sacrifice. ANZAC Day is very much a part of Toowoomba Grammar School history and tradition. The Toowoomba Grammar School Honour Guard has been proudly mounting the Vigil at the Toowoomba City ANZAC Day Service since the 1970’s and on the 25th of April each year, Old Boys Memorial Oval is filled with TGS families, friends, old boys, ex-serving members and members of the Toowoomba community to commemorate this day.
Toowoomba Grammar School Army Cadets is one of only four school-based Cadet Units in Queensland and is currently a member of 16th Battalion SE QLD Army Cadets Brigade. TGSACU is lucky enough to be sponsored by the Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre (AAvnTC) which provides opportunities for the cadets to undertake aviation work experience, helicopter joy flights, weapons simulation system (WTSS) shoots and access to a range of active defence force members.
As an TGS Army Cadet, you’ll get to explore your full potential, develop confidence, learn a range of skills, make friends and along the way have lots of serious fun. The skills and experience you learn from Army Cadets will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Home Training is conducted each Monday afternoon during the school year, with cadets participating in activity-based lessons, designed to equip them with the skills required to perform in a particular platoon or group within the unit. Skills include First Aid, Navigation, Radio communication, Camouflage and Concealment and Teamwork.
Each year, Cadets are invited to attend an Annual Field Exercise (first week of September school holidays), and up to three weekend camps, known as bivouacs. In addition to these activities, TGS cadets have the opportunity to visit Regular Army units including Enoggera, Greenbank, and Oakey to participate in live-fire exercises using the current in-service rifle, obstacle courses, WTSS, night vision facilities and much, much more.
In 1999, girls from The Glennie School and Fairholme College were official invited to join and have since remained a strong and important part of the Cadet Unit. The TGS Army Cadet experience allows a student to gain a solid grounding in understanding the practical application of leadership principles within a supportive youth development organisation. So why don’t you come along and Challenge Yourself.
Please forward any enquiries about the TGSACU to the Coordinator Mr Michael Trevisani.