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General Requirements

Age Requirement

Officer, Graduate Pilot Scheme (Female)

On the day you enter the Air Force you must be at least 17 years old and (preferably) below the age of 27.5.

Those older than 27.5 will be considered for selection if they can demonstrate significant potential for Air Force Pilot training. 


Australian Defence Force Academy

On the day you enter the Australian Defence Force Academy, you must be at least 17 years old and (preferably) below the age of 24.5.

Those older than 24.5 will be considered for selection if they can demonstrate significant potential for Air Force Pilot training. Or you may wish to consider Direct Entry as a Pilot instead of ADFA.


Citizenship Requirement

To serve in the Australian Defence Force you must be an Australian Citizen or in exceptional circumstances, a Permanent Resident.

Find out more in our Recruitment Centre or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirement

When you apply for Air Force Pilot training you’ll be subject to a standard series of background checks. This means you’ll have to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a readily checkable background for the period.

Aptitude Requirement


To check you have the natural aptitude to train as an Air Force Pilot, your verbal, spatial, numerical and mathematical ability will be assessed. You can find out more about these assessments here.

Gender Restriction

Graduate Pilot Scheme (Female)

Entry to Air Force Pilot via the Graduate Pilot Scheme is restricted to females only.

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