Australian Defence Force School of Languages

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ADF School of Languages has grown from strength to strength in the past 58 years as a state-of-the-art military language training facility.

Known around the world, and as a western world-leader in the instruction of Asian languages, ADF Langs confidently and effectively puts tri-Service students through a host of gruelling and intensive language courses.

The courses of choice are determined by Defence, concentrating on areas of Australian operational deployment, postings to international staff colleges, diplomatic postings or international materiel suppliers.

First on offer was Japanese in July 1944 under the banner of the RAAF School of Languages. The school was raised to fill a recognised requirement by the armed forces to train members as interpreters. Based in Sydney until August the following year, the school then saw a move to Ascot Vale, Victoria, then Point Cook - its home for the next 50 years.

Gradually, more languages were introduced as capabilities were required: Russian, Chinese, Indonesian and Thai. 

In 1993, the RAAF School of Languages was renamed ADF School of Languages to more accurately reflect the way the school did its business.

ADF Langs - now based at RAAF Williams, Laverton, offers 20 languages, including Arabic and Persian. 

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