Officer Opportunities

The Army transforms ambitious and resourceful civilians into leaders and commanders with exciting career options. It all starts at the Royal Military College, one of the world's outstanding military training institutions.

Take command of a whole platoon
within just 18 months

Army training focuses on bringing out your best qualities and equipping you with the confidence and skills to make decisions, think quickly and motivate others. Within just 18 months you could be in command of your own platoon of soldiers. If you're already a qualified professional, you'll start work after just 45 days training.

The Royal Military College Duntroon, near Canberra, is the home of Officer Training. To get into RMC you'll need to apply for an officer role then complete a number of assessments.

Train to be your very best

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As you learn to become an Army Officer you'll gain invaluable leadership, management, military and personal skills; plus you'll get paid while you train. General Service Officer training teaches you how to command and lead troops, and you can start straight from Year 12. Alternatively, if you're already a qualified professional with skills that can be used immediately, you may become a Specialist Service Officer.

Experience Officer Training

Enjoy a unique lifestyle while you learn

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Much more than just a world-class military college, RMC is a dynamic community that nurtures the leaders of tomorrow. Everything you need is available from advanced training facilities to a gym, pool, courts, numerous sports fields, shops, bars, entertainment facilities, and plenty of other areas to relax and make new friends.

The museums, galleries, restaurants and bars of Canberra are just a stone's throw away; and at night the city comes alive with clubs, theatre, festivals, live music and more.

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Stay in or head out

Because peace and privacy matter, you'll have your own secure room at RMC with bathroom facilities and plenty of storage. The building you're in will also have a laundry and recreation room.

But when you're not studying or resting, you'll be training, eating and socialising with a great bunch of like-minded mates, sharing experiences and bonding for life. One thing all RMC cadets proudly keep after graduation, is their friendships.

Take a break

RMC holiday periods give you plenty of opportunity to relax and return home to see family and friends. The leave you'll be given every three months includes one week off mid-semester, two weeks off at the end of semester and four weeks over Christmas. To make it even easier to see family, the Army will pay for you to travel home once a year.

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Graduate with pride

After 18 months of hard work, you're ready to march off the parade ground and into an exciting role within one of the Army Corps. The graduation parade is an opportunity to celebrate your achievement with friends and family. During the ceremony, the Governor-General awards the highest marked graduate with the Queen’s Medal and the cadet who has demonstrated exemplary conduct and performance of duty receives the Sword of Honour.

RMC Alumni

RMC graduates live and work both within Australia and around the world, and have gone on to pursue successful Army and civilian careers in virtually every industry.

Start officer training with a $10,000 scholarship

RMC Scholarships are awarded to women and men who demonstrate they have the potential to develop into an outstanding Army Officer. Twelve Scholarships of $10,000 are awarded each year to successful applicants for the role of General Service Officer (GSO). The three RMC Scholarship categories available are:

  • Leadership and Management Scholarship
  • Women in Management Scholarship
  • Indigenous Management Scholarship

Applying for an RMC scholarship simply requires you to tell us why you are a future leader, based on a number of criteria. To receive information about the written submission required, contact your Case Manager (if you have already applied to be a GSO) or:

If you have resolve and commitment, and enjoy taking charge in a team environment, you could make an excellent General Service Officer (GSO). The Army provides expert leadership training through an 18-month intensive course (12 months for ADFA graduates) and will equip you with the skills required to lead a platoon of soldiers in your nominated specialisation, which will be in one of these areas:

  • Armoured
  • Artillery
  • Aviation
  • Catering
  • Engineering
  • Infantry
  • Intelligence
  • Medical
  • Ordnance
  • Signals
  • Transport

The GSO Course is divided into three classes. On graduation you will be commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army and assigned to your specific Corps for specialised training.

AIM: To master the foundational war fighting skills to command and lead soldiers at a section level.

During Initial Cadet Training at Majura, near Canberra, you receive detailed training in:

  • The attributes of an Australian soldier
  • First aid
  • Non-lethal unarmed self defence techniques
  • Service rifle operation
  • Light support weapon operation
  • Service pistol operation
  • Grenade launcher operation

On returning to RMC, you start learning to command and lead soldiers in combat through field exercises, where you take charge of your classmates in scenarios developed to test your ability to plan and lead at the section level (up to 10 soldiers).

AIM: To command and lead soldiers in foundational war fighting at a platoon level.

Once you have demonstrated leadership skills at section level, you progress to Second Class, where you train to command soldiers at the platoon level (up to 30 soldiers).

You now act as the officer in a range of activities and combat simulations for weeks at a time. Scenarios will focus on a conventional war fighting environment, including platoon leadership in offensive and defensive operations. When not in command of the platoon, you continue building your foundation skills from Third Class as a team member and section commander.

During this semester there's a strong emphasis on fieldwork, and you will be given many opportunities to apply your knowledge in exercises. Key aspects of training include:

  • Commanding platoon level operations
  • Using technology in the workplace
  • Providing technical advice
  • Supervising equity and diversity in the workplace
  • Conducting risk assessment in a defence environment
  • Operating communications systems and equipment

AIM: To command and lead soldiers in a contemporary warfare environment.

By now you will have proven your ability to command and lead a platoon in conventional war fighting environments, and learnt to use weapon systems in support of the platoon. Now you're ready to practice commanding a platoon in contemporary war fighting environments.

Your knowledge of strategic issues, management, military history and leadership will be further developed in complex urban operations and larger scale exercises. These are designed to challenge physical and mental barriers, and mark your final preparation before being commissioned as a Lieutenant. Key aspects of training include:

  • Commanding platoon level operations
  • Gathering and analysing information
  • Facilitating counselling relationship
  • Conducting urban operations training, techniques and procedures
  • Working effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • Using resources to achieve work unit goals
  • Conducting basic range practices
  • Leading, managing and developing teams

By graduation from RMC, you will have acquired the skills and values to become an Australian Army Officer.

After completing one of the most intense and challenging leadership courses in the world, you'll continue to learn and train. You will be assigned to one of the Army's specialised branches, known as Corps, where you'll put into professional practice all that you've learned at RMC.

Initially you will be required to complete training specific to your Corps. Then you may find yourself taking troops through field exercises, tactical assaults or managing any number of vital Army functions.

The Corps you're assigned to comes down to your preference, competitiveness and the availability of positions.

If you've completed a degree in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Engineering or Teaching, you could become a Specialist Service Officer after 45 days of intensive training at RMC.

As an officer serving in a specialist capacity, your course will be condensed into two modules, covering Foundation Skills and Officer Skills modules. Amongst many other topics, you will acquire skills and knowledge in:

  • first aid
  • weapons training
  • navigation
  • administration
  • communication
  • battle tactics
  • leadership skills

On completion of Officer Training you will be posted to an Army unit to start work in your profession.

General Sir Peter John Cosgrove AK MC

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC is currently the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia. He was previously a Qantas Airways board member and Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University. After a distinguished career in the Army, starting at RMC, he is best known for commanding the international peacekeeping mission to East Timor in 1999. He later served as Chief of Army and Chief of the Australian Defence Force before retiring from the Service. In 2014 he was sworn in as Governor General.

Professor Robert O'Neill

Professor O'Neill is a highly distinguished graduate of RMC. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford. He returned to resume military duties in Australia, and served in the Vietnam War. In 1988, Professor O'Neill was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Campbell Newman

Former Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman is a qualified Civil Engineer who's also a graduate of RMC. He had a 13-year career as an Australian Army Engineer, and left to pursue a successful civilian career. He helped improve the performance of major Australian companies as a business consultant and started his own consulting firm before entering politics and becoming Premier of Queensland.

Bradley Greive

Bradley Greive is a well known RMC graduate. Upon finishing his service, Bradley turned his hand to creative writing. In 2000 Greive released his first book entitled, The Blue Day Book, a collection of stunning animal photography and inspirational text. Since his debut, Grieve has published over 20 books, has been published on six continents, has gained numerous number one bestseller accolades and has sold over 20 million copies to date.