Women in the Army

The Army is a great career choice for women. You can now apply for any role and enjoy an exciting lifestyle in a supportive environment, with equal opportunities for advancement.

Benefit from career equality across the Service

Today's Army is a modern and forward-thinking organisation. We recognise that all personnel have an equal right to training and opportunities for advancement; and that the desire to raise a family should not impede career development. We offer flexible employment arrangements including part-time work and extended leave to accommodate changes in circumstances.

Share an exciting and well-balanced life

Thousands of Army women love the work/life balance. Most Army jobs have regular hours, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to get away, relax, socialise, and spend time with your family.

You and your Army friends will have access to extensive sports, fitness and leisure facilities on base. Through your work you'll meet a wide range of people and share some amazing and unique experiences.

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Be paid to keep fit and healthy

It's important for Army personnel to be fit enough to carry out their duties effectively, and keeping fit will be an integral part of your job. You'll have free access to pools and well-equipped fitness facilities and can enjoy a wide range of team sports on base.

Pathways for women

These flexible enlistment pathways have been developed with the needs of female candidates seeking full-time roles in mind.

Start When it suits you

Recruit When Ready is for you, if you demonstrate high potential when interviewed and are keen to join as soon as possible.

  • Lets you start at a time that suits your personal circumstances
  • Open to all General Entry roles

Choose where to work

Recruit to Area is for you if serving near a specific location is a high priority for reasons such as family commitments.

  • First posting near your home or desired place
  • Open to all General Entry roles
  • Available for first posting, after completion of recruit and initial employment training

Get help with pre-recruit fitness

The Female Initial Training Preparation (FIT Prep) is for you if you have all of the attributes we’re looking for, but require additional support and development with fitness, confidence, and resilience. This enlistment pathway has been developed for female candidates over the age of 18, seeking general entry full-time roles. To be eligible for the program you need to achieve a fitness level of 4 push-ups, 20 sit-ups and 6.1 on the beep test.

During the seven week course, Army instructors will guide you through:

  • Fitness activities, such as circuit training, strength and endurance training, and aerobic conditioning.
  • Basic Army skills, including daily routine, basic drill, navigation, basic field craft, environmental survivability, the customs, values and traditions of the Army and how to work in a team environment.
  • As the course progresses, you will build confidence, mental resilience and independence.

At the completion of the program you will be well prepared to pass the pre-enlistment physical assessment that marks the entry requirement to commence Recruit training, and have the resilience and confidence to ensure you are at your best at Kapooka.

The program will be held at Kapooka on the following dates:

  • 22 Jan – 12 Mar 19
  • 05 Feb – 26 Mar 19
  • 26 Mar – 14 May 19
  • 23 Apr – 11 Jun 19
  • 21 May – 08 Jul 19
  • 25 Jun – 12 Aug 19
  • 23 Jul – 09 Sep 19
  • 27 Aug – 14 Oct 19
  • 24 Sep – 04 Nov 19
  • 21 Jan – 02 Mar 20
  • 03 Mar – 13 Apr 20
  • 31 Mar – 11 May 20
  • 28 Apr – 08 Jun 20

Enjoy a shorter commitment

The Army Physical Fitness Program is for you, if you want to build your strength, fitness and stamina before enlisting in an Army combat role.

  • Increases your fitness prior to enlistment
  • Carried out locally
  • Five sessions per week for 12 weeks
  • Supervised by a Level One Coach

For details of two additional pathways that are available to Indigenous Australian women, see our People & Diversity page. To find out more about any pathway, call 13 19 01 or contact a recruiter: