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Cove Conference Sydney: Adolescent Learning Strategies with Brad Kilpatrick CSC

By Brad Kilpatrick CSC June 21, 2019



The inaugural Cove Conference was held at Victoria Barracks, Sydney on the 30th of May 2019. The theme of the conference was 'Effective Decision Making' and the aim was to provide Professional Military Education to junior leaders from across the Australian Army. 

The second presentation was from Colonel Brad Kilpatrick CSC, on Adolescent Learning Strategies. 




Brad Kilpatrick CSC


Brad Kilpatrick is currently the Deputy Commandant of ADFA. He has held a variety of Regimental postings within the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and B Sqn 3/4 Cavalry Regiment, instructional postings at the Royal Military College – Duntroon and as the Commanding Officer / Chief Instructor of the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), and numerous Army and Joint staff positions.

Throughout his time at ADFA he assisted the response to Phase One of the Broderick Review and was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for the training solutions he implemented in response to the the review's recommendations.

Colonel Kilpatrick completed Australian Command and Staff College (Joint) in 2006. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of NSW. The topic of his thesis was The design and implementation of adolescent learning strategies based on cognitive neuroscience and educational psychology.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.



Very insightful to a new way of learning. Will be very helpful in 3rd Class.

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