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General Requirements

Age Requirement

Officer, Graduate Pilot Scheme (Female)

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry.

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Based on an economic return of service, the maximum age for Direct Entry (Non-Graduate (or Graduate)) Pilot entry is 43 years of age. However, Air Force has a stated preference for pilot applicants that do not exceed 27.5 years of age at the commencement of Pilot training.

Applicants older than 27.5 years of age will be considered for selection if they demonstrate significant potential for pilot training. 

Australian Defence Force Academy

Applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry.

Applicants will not normally be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however, they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Based on an economic return of service, the maximum age for ADFA Air Force Pilot entry is 40 years of age. However, Air Force has a stated preference for applicants that do not exceed 27.5 years of age at the commencement of pilot training. Consequently, preferred maximum age on entry to ADFA is 24.5 years.

Applicants older than 24.5 years of age will be considered for selection if they demonstrate significant potential for Air Force Pilot training. If unsuccessful for Air Force ADFA Pilot selection, applicants may be offered ADFA Army or Navy Pilot training.

Citizenship Requirement

Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a Permanent Resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

More information on citizenship requirements and the citizenship waiver process is available from the Recruitment Centre and your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirement

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.

Aptitude Requirement

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests including verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found 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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