Recruitment Centre

How to join

Can I Join?

The ADF expects its members to be of the highest calibre, both physically and ethically, so it has in place a number of regulations which may impact on the lifestyle of military personnel.

What's Expected of Me?

The role of the ADF is the defence of Australia, so in the event of major hostilities, all personnel face the possibility of deploying to, or near, a war zone. Deployments of ADF personnel within Australia and overseas occur on a regular basis in response to events such as peacekeeping missions, planned exercises and natural disasters. Learn More

Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness

Before you can be accepted into the ADF you will need to pass a number of medical tests to ensure you are in peak physical condition and able to serve to your maximum capability. Once you become a member, you'll need to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle in order to cope with the physical demands of full-time or Reserve service.
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Behaviour & Appearance

Defence personnel are legally bound to follow all lawful commands which may be given at any time and could involve considerable risk to life. Such orders may require personnel to live, work and fight anywhere in Australia or overseas at short notice. Learn More

Age & Gender

Due to the physically and mentally demanding nature of ADF service, there are age and gender restrictions that apply. The minimum age for entry is 17, however if you're younger than this there are some options that allow you to begin the application process. The maximum entry age depends on a number of factors, which are discussed in detail below. Learn More


Like a number of other countries, the Australian Government considers that it is appropriate for its Defence Force members to be Australian citizens as a demonstration of their commitment to, and long-term stake in, the future of Australia. Learn More

Overseas applicants

The Australian Defence Force looks to overseas candidates to fill gaps in our Services that can't currently be satisfied by standard recruitment. We recognise that these candidates can bring skills and attributes to the Navy, Army and Air Force that will strengthen their overall operation and success rate. Learn More