In Term 4 of Year 8, all Knox boys join the Cadet Unit and must complete at least one year of training. Most boys opt to stay in the Cadet Unit after this first compulsory year. Girls from Ravenswood have the choice to join in Year 8, with an increasing number of girls taking up the opportunity every year.
The 950-strong Cadet Unit has been as important part of life at Knox since its establishment in 1929
(just five years after the School was established).
This Cadet Unit goes beyond the provisions of outdoor recreation, fun and leadership. It is a crucible in which the traditions and heritage of the Schools are distilled and perpetuated. Our Cadet program forms a distinctive and essential part of the character and ethos of the School in assisting to make each Knox boy a well-rounded person.