Title: Loyalty and Service – The Officer Cadet School Portsea
Author: Lindsay, Neville
Condition: Near Mint +
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1995
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 354 pages
Comments: The history of the Officer Cadet School (Portsea).
The Officer Cadet School, Portsea (sometimes referred to as OCS Portsea) was an officer training establishment of the Australian Army. Established at Portsea in Victoria, Australia, in 1951 to provide training to officer cadets prior to commissioning, for many years OCS provided the Australian Regular Army with the bulk of its junior officers. However, following a review of military training establishments in Australia in the mid-1980s, the school was eventually closed in 1985.
The motto of OCS Portsea was Loyalty and Service, which was chosen by Colonel (later Major General Sir) James Harrison during his time serving as OCS’s first Commandant (1952–54).
Author Neville Lindsay has followed his landmark history of the Royal Australian Army Service Corps with a different style of organization, though one which has similarly been absorbed into another structure. As yet another organization which has made a signal if largely unsung contribution to the successful expansion, operation and fighting quality of Australia’s Army in the volatile cold war period, it has been an equally rewarding task. As a Duntroon graduate who had commenced his training at the same time that the Officer Cadet School opened, he had the benefit of serving with its graduates throughout his service, and was able to appreciate the qualities of his Portsea colleagues, now finding it a privilege to record their School’s history so that its memory may not be forgotten.
Contains the roll of graduates.