Recruitment Centre

How to join

Assessment Day

On the day of the Assessment Session you will undergo a Medical Assessment, a Psychological Interview and a Defence Interview.

The Medical Assessment

A Medical Assessment is conducted to assess your physical fitness, suitability to perform military specific duties and to ensure that you do not have any pre-existing medical conditions which may affect your ability to perform in your role.

This is a head-to-toe examination and you will be required to dress down to your underwear. The assessment will also include tests for flexibility and you may be required to perform exercises such as sit-ups and push-ups, to enable the Doctor to assess your physical capacity.

The medical officer will advise you of any medical reports that will be required to determine your medical suitability for ADF entry. Some reports may take longer than others so please arrange for these reports as soon as possible to support your application to the ADF.

The Defence Interview

The Defence Interview is an opportunity for you to demonstrate why you want to join the ADF and what you know about the job or jobs you have applied for. Based on your responses the interviewer will make an assessment about your suitability for the position(s) and your ability to withstand the demanding requirements of ADF service.

The Psychological Interview

The purpose of the Psychological Interview is to determine how you are likely to cope living within a military environment, whether your own values and life outlook are personally compatible with the ADF and whether you will be effective in your chosen role.

In order to make this judgement, the DFR Psychologist will ask you questions about various aspects of your life including your educational and employment histories, family circumstances, social and sporting activities, and interest in joining the ADF.

Know the job you're applying for

Reading the full job description on this website is a great start. Pay particular attention to areas like length of training and specific job duties.

Make sure you can answer questions like these

  • Where can you expect to undertake your initial military training, for how long and what would you expect from this training?
  • Where do you undertake your employment training, how long for and what are the expectations of this position?
  • What are the base locations relevant to your job and some of the equipment you will be using?
DFR websites

The Defence Force guidelines

Read up on some of our guidelines including the ADF Harassment Policy, the ADF policy on non-medical use of drugs and the Defence Force Discipline Act (Command and Discipline).

Think about why you want to join

It's vitally important to consider some of the more personal details as well. Things like:

  • Why do you want this job?
  • How will your lifestyle be affected by joining the Defence Force?
  • What does your family or partner think about your decision?

Where can you find all this information?

You can research your chosen Service in-depth on this website, or by visiting the individual Navy, Army or Air Force websites. Make a list of potential questions and find the answers on the pages you read through. We also recommend that you speak to a current member of the ADF, working in the Service and preferably the job you are applying for.

A professional job interview

Although we're looking for correct answers to military specific questions, the Defence Interview is also similar to any professional job interview, so make sure you approach it like one:

  • Present yourself well and dress appropriately for a job interview.
  • Speak clearly and fluently, this shows confidence.
  • Know your resume and be able to expand on it if asked.
  • Show interest and enthusiasm, we want to know you want the job.
  • Don't be frightened to ask for clarification if unsure of anything, this shows that your interest is genuine.

Flight screening program (Pilots only)

Successful applicants will be allocated to the next available Flight Screening Program at the BAE Systems Training Academy at Tamworth, NSW. The fortnight of training and assessment is divided into three courses, Basic (8 sorties), Intermediate (7 sorties) and Advanced (6 sorties). All courses encompass 15 hours of flight time. You will be assessed on both your technical performance and your character. The Pilot Selection Agency website provides detailed information about this process.