Entry and education
General Service Officers can enter the Army straight out of Year 12, training for 18 months at the Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC), before undertaking specialised training in their allocated Corps. Or, they can undertake a degree at Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) first, shortening RMC training by six months.
Specialist Service Officers work in areas they are already qualified for, so they only train for up to 45 days at RMC. For some roles the required degree can be undertaken at ADFA. Alternatively, in areas such as healthcare, science and engineering, they can apply for Defence University Sponsorship, which pays the remaining course fees at any Australian university offering the required degree(s) for the chosen role.
Start officer training with a $10,000 scholarship
RMC Scholarships are awarded to women and men who demonstrate they have the potential to develop into an outstanding Army Officer. Twelve Scholarships of $10,000 are awarded each year to successful applicants for the role of General Service Officer (GSO).
The three RMC Scholarship categories available are:
- Leadership and Management Scholarship
- Women in Management Scholarship
- Indigenous Management Scholarship
Applying for an RMC scholarship simply requires you to tell us why you are a future leader, based on a number of criteria. To receive information about the written submission required, contact your Case Manager (if you have already applied to be a GSO).