How to become an officer
There are several ways to become an Army Officer, including:
General Service Officer
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
ADFA is where our future leaders are educated. Not only will you undertake world-class military training to become an officer, you’ll also earn a recognised degree from University of New South Wales. And just like other universities, ADFA has plenty of sporting teams, social clubs, and a range of social functions to make your studies memorable.
Royal Military College
With the General Service Officer Course, you don’t need to go to university or have any previous experience. Held at the Royal Military College (RMC), this course teaches you everything you need to become a leader, from warfare strategies to survival skills. It’s your fast track route to becoming an Army Officer.
Specialist Service Officer
If you’ve got a university degree, such as medicine, engineering, teaching or dentistry, it’s easy to hit the ground running as an Army Officer. After your initial training, you’ll earn your rank right from the start, working with cutting-edge equipment, leading and making decisions, while using your existing skills to make a difference.
Defence University Sponsorship
If you’re studying a university degree like medicine, engineering or nursing in Australia, we will pay you up to $41,602 per year while you finish studying. We’ll also pay for things like textbooks, tuition and student union fees and you’ll be guaranteed an Army Officer job when you finish your Defence University Program.