A minimum of 20 days a year of adventure, challenge and opportunity.

A rewarding lifestyle

Reservists gain an exciting new dimension to their lives, while giving something back.

Forget any notion of being a 'weekend warrior'. Modern Reservists work across a wide variety of trades and professions and get involved with rewarding activities such as humanitarian missions and disaster-relief operations.

Some choose to use and expand their current employment skills while others want to do something completely different. All of them share the common desire to get more out of life in a dynamic environment that exposes them to exciting new challenges.

I have received unique experiences that I would not have otherwise had.
Rebecca Williamson - Navy Reservist

Rebecca Williamson
Navy Reservist

Flexible commitment

Once trained, you'll normally be required to serve between 20 and 100 days each year.

Whether that's a number of days or weeks off work, occasional long weekends, or an evening each week, is up to you. Our aim is to ensure your Reserves work fits in with your life, as well as your study, work and family commitments. Once you start making like-minded friends and experience the lifestyle, there's every chance you'll want to do more rather than less.



Local service

There are Reserve units in every major city and many large towns.

Where exactly you serve will depend on your role and the service you've chosen, and interstate and overseas travel could be involved. Importantly, as a volunteer it is always up to you how much time you spend away from home, and you have the choice of whether or not to go on exercises and deployments.

Sport and exercise

While not all Reserve roles are physically demanding, a reasonable level of fitness is encouraged.

For most Reservists the physical exercise they do is all part of the fun. They enjoy improving their health in a supportive team environment without having to pay for gym memberships and personal trainers. The fitness level required to join the ADF is within most people's capability. Find out about the Pre-Entry Fitness Assessment and how to prepare for it in our Recruitment Centre.

Time away from work

The ADF will help you approach your employer about your ambition to serve, and you may not need to take much time off.

You can find information for employers on this website and can also email them an Employer Handbook. Once they hear about the benefits of having a Reservist in their ranks - which include the free training you receive, the leadership qualities you gain and the compensation they can claim - they are very likely to support your application. Of course, your employer may already be an enthusiastic supporter of the Reserves, so may not need any convincing.

A choice of roles

You can join the Navy, Army or Air Force Reserve in any number of roles and levels of responsibility.

As a sailor, soldier or airman/airwoman your work will be of a hands-on, practical nature and may involve a trade. Reserve training will strengthen your communication and teamwork skills and provide new outlets for the vocational assets you bring to the job. As an officer your role will be more leadership and management focused, complementing your civilian career with increased responsibility and new experiences.