It's been a tough year for the next generation of Australian Army leaders, with training impacted by COVID restrictions.
But the corps of staff cadets was joined by Governor-General David Hurley, foreign dignitaries, army leaders and family and friends for a graduation parade at Royal Military College Duntroon in Canberra on Tuesday.
There were 190 graduates, including 16 from overseas.
The celebration is the culmination of a trainee's time at the college, and recognises the dedication and professionalism needed to turn staff cadets into Australian Defence Force junior officers.
Mr Hurley said building inner strength was key to leadership success.
"The pandemic has helped you develop your mental strength, as you were forced to study and learn in a disruptive environment," he said.
"Many of your learning activities had to be conducted online. Many of you were out of your comfort zone.
"I'm informed that you met this challenge with a positive attitude and embraced new methods of instruction."
Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, said the army could not succeed without working together as a team and ensuring those teams were well led.
"Leading Australian soldiers, or any soldiers, is an extraordinary privilege and responsibility," he said.
"It can be challenging, but immensely rewarding. Our soldiers expect and deserve nothing less than the best leadership from our junior officers."
Australian Associated Press