Our needs vary by role, but if you can tick all the following boxes you’ve met the basic requirements for a career in the Army.
These are application ages but you need to be at least 17 when you enter the Army. Min. and max. ages vary by role. You can view specific age requirements under the “Age” tab on your desired job page.
To achieve the minimum security clearance you must have lived in Australia or have a checkable background for the past ten years.
This is the minimum entry-level requirement. You can view specific education requirements under the “Education and Experience” tab on your desired job page.
For certain roles, you may need to a hold current licence to perform your duties, such as a trade, plant, machinery or manual driver's licence.
Female candidates are permitted to have tattooed eyebrow forms (excluding eyeliner) providing they follow the natural arch line of eyebrows and are of a natural colour that matches the colour of the hair. Females may also have lip tattooing to enhance the outline of the lips providing it does not look unnatural.
Apart from what can be seen in a passport photo, tattoos and/or brands are permitted on other parts of the body, unless the tattoo or brand is considered offensive and undermines the dignity and authority of the Australian Defence Force.
If you have tattoos for cultural or religious reasons that are in the areas prohibited above, please be aware that Defence Force Recruiting is required to seek approval from the appropriate Service authority prior to your appointment or enlistment.
Further guidance on this policy can be received by contacting Defence Force Recruiting on 13 19 01.
A typical application process includes two separate visits to a Defence Force Recruiting Centre. At the first session, you will identify from the hundreds of ADF jobs available which ones you wish to apply for and are eligible for through an aptitude test and a discussion with a Defence Recruiter. You will also have a basic medical history review.
On the second visit, you will be required to have more comprehensive interviews with a doctor, psychologist and a senior member of the ADF (Defence Interviewer). If recommended to progress by the Defence Interviewer, Officer Entry candidates will also have to sit an Officer Selection Board, which is similar to a formal job interview.
For more information contact your nearest Defence Force Recruiting Centre.
Fitness requirements vary for each Service. Before you join the ADF, you will undergo a Pre-Entry Fitness Assessment (PFA). Check out the PFA requirements and training tips to help you meet them here.