Training & Education

Find out about the training for Officers and Airmen/Airwomen, watch what it's like for new recruits, and learn about education options now and in the future.

World-class training that
takes you places

You'll start learning from the day you join the Air Force, gaining ability and knowledge that benefits your whole career. We'll prepare you for Air Force life, ensure you're fit enough to serve, and equip you with the personal and professional skills to tackle every challenge in every situation

Some Air Force Officers start their careers with a degree course at the Australian Defence Force Academy, acquiring academic and military knowledge in parallel. Others join with or without tertiary qualifications and head straight to Initial Officer Training. Undergraduates from any Australian university may be able to join while still studying, and have their remaining course fees paid.

The philosophy of Air Force training is to take the strengths and qualities you already possess and to build on them. It is okay to make mistakes as it's all about positive learning experiences.

The learning never stops

Once you've finished Officer or Airman/Airwoman training and gone on to pass your Initial Employment Training, you can go on to receive specialist training and education in your chosen field.

Ongoing education opportunities
The Air Force invests heavily in the personal and professional development of all personnel.

In some cases your training may take place interstate or abroad, and there may be opportunities to undertake fully-funded study overseas for a year.

As well as specialist-training courses, the Air Force also operates promotion courses to prepare you for higher rank and the responsibilities that go with it.

Initial Officer Training

Location: Officers' Training School, RAAF Base East Sale, VIC.
Duration: 18 weeks (can be taken in five phases over two years by Reservists)

In four exciting and challenging months you’ll be introduced to military life and learn about Air Force values and attitudes. The major elements of the course include:

  • Leadership, management and teamwork
  • Personal development
  • Air power and ground defence
  • Communication techniques
  • Military law

Outside the classroom you'll participate in adventure training and airfield defence exercises, and visit Air Force bases to contextualise what you have learnt. On graduation, you'll undertake specialist employment training in your profession or category, or go straight to work.

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Immerse yourself in the amazing journey our cadets take, as they tackle one of the most challenging and inspiring leadership courses in the world.



Fitness training

Naturally you’ll have to be both mentally and physically fit to join the Air Force. During a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment you’ll need to be able to perform 20 (feet held) sit-ups and 10 push-ups (men) or 4 push-ups (women). You’ll also have to achieve a 6.5 shuttle run score in a multistage fitness test.

Once in the Air Force, fitness training will be part of your job, and most recruits really enjoy the challenge. Instructors will guide you through activities such as obstacle courses, boxing classes, circuits and other exercises, and their priority is to help you succeed in tests and maintain a good level of fitness.

Australian Defence Force Academy

If you choose to gain a degree through the Australian Defence Force Academy before becoming an Air Force Officer, your career will start at the ADFA campus in Canberra. Part of the University of New South Wales, ADFA offers a world-class education with the best student/teacher ratio in the country.

As an ADFA student you'll receive a salary plus full medical and dental cover; and your tuition fees and other student expenses are paid by the Defence Department. In return, you serve in the Air Force for what's called an Initial Minimum Period of Service. See individual jobs for details.

Defence University Sponsorship

You can apply for a role in the Air Force while still studying for an appropriate degree at any approved university; and join us if accepted. Then you concentrate on your studies, while enjoying:

  • A salary while you complete your degree
  • A textbook allowance
  • Generous superannuation
  • Rental assistance
  • Free dental and medical care
  • The promise of a great Officer career on graduation
Recruit Training

Location: 1 Recruit Training Unit, RAAF Base Wagga, NSW.
Duration: 10 weeks and 6 days (can be taken in four phases over two years by Reservists)

In three action-packed months you’ll be introduced to military life and learn about Air Force values and attitudes. The major elements of the course include:

  • Personal development and teamwork
  • Parade drill
  • Weapon handling and firing
  • Airfield defence
  • Fire fighting
  • Physical fitness
  • Air Force history, customs and traditions
  • Military law

On graduation from Recruit Training you'll undertake specialist employment training in your trade or category.

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Experience the challenges, pain, satisfaction and mateship, as you follow a group of recently listed recruits from day one to graduation.



Fitness training

Naturally you’ll have to be both mentally and physically fit to join the Air Force. During a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment you’ll need to be able to perform 20 (feet held) sit-ups and 10 push-ups (men) or 4 push-ups (women). You’ll also have to achieve a 6.5 shuttle run score in a multistage fitness test.

Once in the Air Force, fitness training will be part of your job, and most recruits really enjoy the challenge. Instructors will guide you through activities such as obstacle courses, boxing classes, circuits and other exercises, and their priority is to help you succeed in tests and maintain a good level of fitness.