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The greater majority of the Members and Staff of the Officer Cadet School, Portsea are still living. Some are still serving, either on a full-time basis, or a part-time basis - and are scattered across Australia and internationally.

The history of the Officer Cadet School is more than the bricks and mortar, more than the T-tree and sand, more than the sand flies and snakes, and more than the Victorian climate and the ravages of the "Rip".

It's the history of its members and staff; their lives and experiences - both whilst at the OCS and after graduation. It's the history that has been molded by the initial experiences and guidance at the OCS, and it's the results of practices and principles leaned whilst at the OCS and applied on battlefields, in barracks, in civil occupations, and in homes and families. It's the bonds that have been formed between individuals, between groups, and between classes and staff members - bonds that strengthen in time as only bonds between "those that have experienced" can.

In recording the history of the Officer cadet School, Portsea, it is important to therefore include the thoughts, experiences, and the anecdotes of the members and staff themselves - individually and collectively. The writing of this history will be a continual "project in progress", and all members and staff are invited to submit their recollections and experiences, both of their time at Portsea, and also of their military and civil lives thereafter. These contributions will augment the historical facts as we currently can source them. Overall, it is hoped the combination of current historical facts and the members' contributions will provide an accurate portrayal of the Portsea Graduate, and the allegiance to the Alma Mata - the Officer Cadet School, Portsea..

Synopsis - pre 1950's. - Historical background of the location, and the military involvement in the area, prior to the establishment of the Officer Cadet School.

Establishment (1950-1952) - The rationale of the establishment of an Officer Cadet School, and its progression to actual establishment and commencement of learning.

Korean Period (1952-1960) - Influences on training and military doctrine because of the conflicts in Korea.

Malaya/Borneo Period (1961-1964) - Influences on training and military doctrine because of our involvement in the Malaya/Borneo disputes.

Vietnam Period ((1965-1974) - Influences on training and military doctrine because of our involvement in South Vietnam.

Post Vietnam (1975-1985) - Peace-time implications and ramifications on training and military doctrine.

Defence Use (1986-2002) - The Portsea training area and who occupied it, post the Officer Cadet School.

Hand-Over (2003-current) - Interested (and disinterested) parties, vying for the right of use of the Portsea land and environments