The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year will be opening at 9am on Monday 2nd March 2015. Applications must be received online.

The Gap Year challenge

The ADF Gap Year program provides an opportunity for young Australians, who have finished year 12 (or equivalent) and are aged between 17 and 24*, to experience military training and lifestyle whilst gaining new skills and pay over their Gap Year.

Gap Year opportunities are available in the Navy, Army and Air Force.

The life skills and job training that you will acquire during your Gap Year experience will be valuable regardless of what career you ultimately undertake.

When would I start?

The Gap Year program will commence in January/February 2016.

What jobs are available?

Navy Gap Year, Army Gap Year (Administration Clerk, Artilleryman, Driver Specialist, Rifleman, Unit Quartermaster) and Air Force Gap Year (Airbase Protection, Crew Attendant, Personnel Capability Specialist, Supply).

What would I do during my Gap Year?

After completing basic recruit training and your specific trade training, you'll be immersed in the Navy, Army or Air Force lifestyle while continuing to learn on the job. You'll learn valuable skills, meet new friends and may even receive recognised qualifications to help progress your future career.

What opportunities are there for me at the end of the Gap Year?

You will have the opportunity to apply to:

  • Continue service in the Full Time Navy, Army or Air Force with ongoing job opportunities,
  • Transfer to the Navy, Army or Air Force Reserves where you can continue to use your skills on a part-time basis, or
  • Choose to leave the Australian Defence Force and pursue an alternate career path.

Are there any other special conditions applicable to the Gap Year?

Members applying under the Gap Year program will not be eligible to deploy on domestic or international operations during your Gap Year. You will however participate in all of the Unit's training activities once you are qualified in your job. Gap Year also provides you with the flexibility to elect to voluntarily leave the program at any stage with an expectation to provide 14 days' notice.

* Navy applicants must be aged between 18-24 years old as of 8 April 2016. Army applicants must be aged between 18-24 years old as of 31 May 2016. Air Force applicants must be aged between 18-24 years old as of 11 April 2016.


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