Abilities and Aptitudes
You must be assessed as:
- suitable on tests for commissioning into the Pilot specialisation;
- suitable on tests for pilot training;
- showing common sense and good judgement;
- able to process new information quickly and accurately and apply learned procedures under pressure;
- able to allocate priorities amongst competing sources of incoming information;
- able to think and act quickly and relevantly in stressful situations (eg in unusual or emergency situations);
- able to perform complex cognitive tasks while carrying out precise manual activities; and
- able to visualise the relationship of moving objects to each other in space, time and direction.
You must be assessed as having:
- the personal attributes to accept the status and fulfil the responsibilities of commissioned rank; and
- the personal attributes appropriate for training and subsequent employment as a Pilot.
The nature of Military flying is in many ways distinct from that of civilian flying. Therefore the Military Pilots' course has a different training philosophy to that of many civilian flying schools. You will be expected to progress on course at a rate which will confirm your suitability for subsequent operational conversions to front-line aircraft. Previous flying experience in a civilian environment does not necessarily provide an advantage for the military flying course.
There is no Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for previous practical or theoretical aviation studies available for the ADF Pilots' course. All successful applicants will fly exactly the same syllabus sorties regardless of previous experience.
The ADF neither encourages nor discourages potential applicants to consider flying lessons.
It is essential that you be assessed as having:
- a satisfactory level of interest in the Service; and
- a satisfactory level of interest in flying and in the roles of the Air Force Pilot specialisation.
Officer, Australian Defence Force Academy
The Australian Defence Force Pilot Selection Flight (ADF PSF)
The ADF PSF is a part of the Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School (ADF BFTS) located in Tamworth, NSW. The ADF PSF is responsible for facilitating the pilot selection process for the Navy, Army and Air Force. The ADF PSF's role begins after recruitment, where applicants’ suitability and competitiveness to continue through the Pilot selection process is assessed. Applicants deemed competitive will be invited to undertake the Flight Screening Program (FSP) and Officer Selection Board (OSB) at the ADF PSF facility in Tamworth.
The Flight Screening Program (FSP) is designed to evaluate pilot applicants in order to determine their suitability to undergo ADF officer and pilot training. The FSP syllabus involves a range of mass briefs and up to 12 flying hours. The FSP assesses the applicant’s learning and performance in the airborne environment and their potential for becoming a military pilot.
The OSB is conducted on completion of the FSP. Applicants undergo group activities, problem-solving exercises, verbal presentation exercises and a formal interview. The process is designed to give applicants the utmost opportunity to display their true potential to be an officer and pilot. The Officer Selection Board Panel is made up of members from all three Services and a Psychologist.
During both recruitment and the selection process at the ADF PSF, applicants are considered an “ADF Pilot applicant” and are processed in a standardised manner. The applicant’s Service preference will be recorded during the selection process and is paramount in the final Service allocation made by the ADF PSF. Service preference will be honoured in so far as that applicant is considered suitable as a Pilot within that Service. However all applicants should be aware that, in the highly competitive ADF Pilot selection processes, a willingness to nominate, and possibly accept, a second or third preference will greatly enhance the opportunities available.
At the completion of the OSB the applicant will be informed of the PSF’s recommendation on their suitability for each Service, and their relative competitiveness with respect to their Service preference. A recommendation does not guarantee an offer of employment from the Service. The ADF PSF distributes their recommendations to the Services' from the pool of successful applicants on a competitive basis several times a year. The single Service Personnel Agency reviews all recommended applications and makes an offer of employment to those that are competitive to meet the Service’s requirements. An offer may take up to 3 months to be received by the applicant. After each distribution, those remaining in the pool compete on an equal basis with those newly entering the distribution pool. An applicant may remain in the distribution pool for up to 12 months.
For detailed information on the Flight Screening Program and the ADF PSF please refer to the
Australian Defence Force Pilot Selection Flight website.
The weight and height requirements are primarily required due to cockpit and ejection seat ergonomics of the Air Force's advanced trainer, fighter and bomber aircraft.
Weight/BMI Aviation Class 1:
Air Force Pilots - acceptable BMI range is 18.5 to 29.9. Due to the design of ejection seats and parachutes used in Air Force aircraft, applicants must have a nude body weight of between 55 and 105kg (measured in underwear). A body weight outside this range is incompatible with pilot training.
Height Aviation Class 1:
Height - minimum 163 and maximum 193cm.
Sitting Height - maximum 100cm.
Buttock to knee length - maximum 67cm.
Buttock to heel length - maximum 122cm.
Have speech that is clear and free from impediment.