PNGDF Military Cadet Programme 2023 Recruitment for 2024

Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) Commander Major-General Mark Goina says his administration is looking to reintroduce the school military cadet programme. The PNGDF Military Cadet Programme 2023 Recruitment for 2024 is now awaiting the approval of the PNG government.

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Here is a brief overview of the programme.

PNGDF Military Cadet Programme 2023 Recruitment for 2024
PNGDF Commander Major-General Mark Goina (insert)

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The PNG Defence Force Commander said the PNGDF Military Cadet Programme existed in pre-Independence, in the 1960s and early 1970s, in schools. 

The Marape Government was keen on reintroducing the programme in 2023.

Importance of PNGDF Cadet Programme

The PNGDF Military Cadet Programme is vital for instilling discipline and command and building good character among the younger generation.

“PNGDF will play a supporting role in this programme that would be headed by the reserve force legislation.” PNG Force (PNGDF) Commander Major-General Mark Goina.  

PNGDF Military Cadet Programme 2023

The PNGDF Cadet programme will come in three stages

  1. Reserve force, 
  2. Youth programme and
  3. School cadet programme.

The youth programme had started, run by the PNGDF’s reserves, capability and development branch.

The intent is to allow the youths to go through a programme in collaboration with the National Youth Services and other government agencies and departments that deal with youths.

Awaiting PNG Government Approval

The PNG Defence Force made a submission to the PNG government and is awaiting approval from the National Executive Council (NEC). 

PNGDF is hoping that the submission will go through Parliament and be enacted into law.

The PNGDF Reserve Force Branch is ready to roll out the PNGDF Cadet Programme when the government gives the approval.

PNGDF Recruitment 2023 - DHERST

The PNGDF would recruit new intakes next year in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST).

“Going in 2023 onwards, all applicants will come through the school leavers’ form, we have established a collaboration with the higher education department to assist and screen through our requirements.” PNG Force (PNGDF) Commander Major-General Mark Goina.

If the applicants are successful they will be recruiting with the PNG Defence Force as early as next year, 2023, for 2024.

How to apply for PNGDF Military Cadet Programme 2023 Recruitment for 2024?

It is still early, but we know that the PNGDF cadet programme will be run by the PNGDF under the reserve force umbrella programme.

Selection will be done by the higher education department. That means that the Grade 12 students must apply through the National Online Application System (NOAS).

In fact, this is a better way to do the selection and run the programme as it cuts out the 'middle-man' in the selection process.
The RPNGC police recruitment 2023 has taken its 2022 recruitment online to ease the process of selection and recruitment.
It appears that the PNGDF Cadet programme will be directly supported by the PNG Government under the TESAS (HECAS & AES) scholarship scheme if/when the students are selected through NOAS. Also, students can enter as non-school leavers and get selected as self-sponsored students. This remains to be seen for now.

Meanwhile, if you are a 2023 Grade 12 school leaver, ask your school for that latest information as you fill in your online school leavers form this year. 

School Leavers DHERST selection

The selection through the DHERST's NOAS is the best way forward for PNGDF. 

This education blog hopes that the RPNGC (Police) and CIS (Warder) also follow the same selection and recruitment channel.

Select the Grade 12 school leavers through DHERST's NOAS, recruit them into the programmes and train them to be better citizens.


Unknown said...

what about the previous Grade 12 students dropouts and roaming around the streets doing nothing?
is there any options for them to enter PNGDF?

PNG Insight said...

Great question. It is not clear yet, as the program details are yet to be released to the public. In the meantime, if the School Leavers apply through DHREST, the Non-school Leavers (including Grade 12 dropouts) may have to apply to the Defence Force Training Section for consideration as non-school leavers - this is the normal process at present.

Interested applicant said...

The selection through the DHERST's NOAS is the best way forward for PNGDF and country. For so long applicants with merit have being trying their very best to join The PNGDF, however they never had any chances. This will give opportunities to everyone upon their merit. I believe there would be fairness and no hiccups.
Awesome, for the love of our country.

Dennis Wandau said...

Great News,Thats the way forward for PNG to have qualified disciplinary force in our beloved country.I have only one question how about the students who have done grade 12 previous years but now some of us are in colleges how can we apply?if the application is give only to current grade 12 school leavers???
Thankyou your answer to this question is highly appreciated...interested person
Dennis Wandau
Holy Trinity Teachers College

Unknown said...

I think this Programme is a significant and servs a purpose of developing good citizens of our great nation. however, by looking at the state of our government today due to economic issues of the country, this will take time. my question is, if there is a delay in the establishment of the 2024 requirement program, how will you manage to recruit the 2024 PNGDF Cadet Officers?

Very interested student.,

Korah said...

Im really admire this program and I wish to join in

wadidika23 said...

Great initiative forward PNGDF.
How about the working class and Qualification holders who completed their studies years back?
Are we eligible to apply for PNGDF Officer Cadet Recruitment?



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