You can choose from several ways to join the Navy. Each job has different entry options and requirements, and your Defence Force Recruiter will help you decide what's right for you.
Your commitment to the Navy
The Navy will invest a great deal of time and money in your training and development, so naturally each job has an 'Initial Minimum Period of Service' (IMPS). After this however, it's just like any other job where you can leave at any time, given the appropriate amount of notice.
Basic Recruit TrainingLeave on day 70 if the Navy isn't for you
Graduate Entry OfficersIMPS of three to six years (role dependent)
Direct Entry OfficersIMPS of three to ten years (role dependent)
SailorsIMPS of three to six years (role dependent)
Navy ReserveFollowing training, at least 20 days per year
Sponsored degree studyThe length of your sponsorship plus one year
Start a career in the Navy and undertake military training whilst being paid to study a recognised degree from the University of New South Wales, by entering via ADFA, the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Equipped with a recognised degree in a field such as medicine, law, dentistry, nursing or engineering, you can apply for an Officer role through Graduate Entry. Whether you’re a recent graduate or in the middle of your career, you’ll receive further training and postgraduate study opportunities in the Navy, so you can add an exciting new dimension to your work.
If you hold an appropriate undergraduate degree, have successfully completed the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT), and have been accepted into an Australian university, you can apply to enter the Navy through the Graduate Medical Program. If successful you will be sponsored as a medical practitioner, then serve as a Medical Officer.
Whether or not you have a degree, if you want to become a Navy Officer you'll receive world-class leadership training at the Royal Australian Naval College in Jervis Bay. Every Officer passes through RANC, whatever their method of entry (including Direct Entry).
University Sponsorship is available for those studying a relevant degree at an Australian university who have completed the required years of their course. If you are eligible and accepted you will have your fees paid in return for a commitment to an Officer role in the Navy.
If you want to gain extra training and experience in your trade or profession, while doing something different and worthwhile for your country, you can apply to join the Navy Reserve. Please check the entry requirements and required periods of service on each job page.
If you've completed 10 (or equivalent) with passes in English, Maths and Science, you can choose from a broad range of technical and trade roles in the Navy, and you'll be paid while you learn.
Equipped with an appropriate trade qualification you can join the Navy through this entry method and apply your skills to exciting new career challenges. You'll find specific qualification requirements on each job page.
Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent) with passes in English and Maths is the minimum educational requirement for a job in the Navy, and there are plenty of career options to choose from.
The Navy Reserve gives you the opportunity to do something really different beyond your day job, while giving something back to your country. Check out the entry requirements and required periods of service on each job page.