Applications for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year are now open. Applications close on Friday 7 August and must be received online.

The Gap Year challenge

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?

Army Gap Year (Unit Quartermaster) and Air Force Gap Year (Administration Clerk and 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:

What opportunities are there for me at the end of the Gap Year?
  • 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 21 days' notice.

* Current or former military personnel (ADF or foreign service) are not eligible for Gap Year. 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.


The Roles Available

Navy Gap Year - NAVY

Looking for a break away from normal life after completing year 12, in a role where you...

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ADF Gap Year Administration Clerk (Army)

Administration Clerk - ARMY

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ADF Gap Year Artilleryman

Artilleryman - ARMY

Looking for a job you won’t need that morning caffeine hit for? As an Artilleryman you’ll...

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ADF Gap Year Driver Specialist

Driver Specialist - ARMY

Forget that ordinary transport company job. As a Driver in the Army you will be trained to...

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ADF Gap Year Rifleman

Rifleman - ARMY

As a member of a highly skilled Infantry combat team, you will be a specialist in patrolling,...

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ADF Gap Year Unit Quartermaster

Unit Quartermaster - ARMY

Do you believe everything has its place and prefer order above chaos? Then a job as a Unit...

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ADF Gap Year Administration Clerk (RAAF)

Administration Clerk - AIR FORCE

If being part of a large Australian team performing personnel capability duties in wide...

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ADF Gap Year Airbase Protection

Airbase Protection - AIR FORCE

If being part of a large Australian team performing security duties in wide ranging...

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ADF Gap Year Crew Attendant

Crew Attendant - AIR FORCE

If being part of a large Australian team performing crew attendant duties in wide ranging...

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ADF Gap Year Supply

Supply - AIR FORCE

If being part of a large Australian team performing logistics duties in wide ranging...

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