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About the Job
If you want to protect the land you live on while experiencing adventure outside of the everyday, the Army Reserve has an exciting opportunity for you.
As a part-time Regional Force Soldier in the Army Reserve, you'll be a member of the Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU), gaining intel by observing and maintaining situational awareness in your Area of Responsibility.
Regional Force Soldiers are usually recruited from the local area. Using your knowledge of the land, you'll conduct stealth patrols, detecting hostiles and reporting back to the Australian Defence Force or relevant government agency. And be trained in skilled small patrol tactics and effective teamwork while gathering an intimate knowledge of the local infrastructure.
Some of the tasks you can be responsible for include:
- Conduct surveillance and reconnaissance operations, including route reconnaissance
- Acquire and verify military geographic information within assigned Areas of Operations
- Locate and report on enemy positions
- Conduct Observation Posts in tactically suited areas
- Conduct surveillance tasks in conjunction with Federal and State Government authorities when authorised
On Reserve parade nights, you can expect to bond with your squad, plan ahead for exercises and keep up your soldiering training.
In larger training exercises you'll get to use an F88 rifle, a light robust and effective rifle, as well as Night Fighting Equipment (NFE) and other specialist surveillance equipment.
This is a great opportunity to give back to your community, work with advanced machinery and operate within a close-knit team – without having to compromise your lifestyle in this flexible part-time role.
Just give as little as one night a week, one weekend a month or a few weeks a year – and you'll get a world of new experiences back.
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Preparing for Your Recruitment Process
This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.
Salary & Allowances
Most Reservists join the Australian Defence Force for the exciting work, the friendships and the lifestyle. But there are many other benefits too, including financial ones.
The pay you receive in the Army Reserve goes straight into your pocket with no deductions for tax, and it increases as you gain seniority and experience.
There are Army Reserve depots located all around Australia. Click here to find the one closest to you.
With this being a critical role within the Defence Force, it’s possible that positions will be created outside of the listed locations. This will be reviewed and determined on a case by case basis.
Reserve Unit Locations
- Groote NT 0885 Groote Eylandt Depot
- Larrakeyah NT 0820 Larrakeyah Barracks
- Katherine NT 0852 NORFORCE
- Alice Springs NT 0870 NORFORCE
- Tennant Creek NT 0860 NORFORCE
- Nhulunbuy NT 0880 NORFORCE
- Nguiu NT 0822 NORFORCE
- Jabiru NT 0886 Jabiru Depot
- Karratha WA 6714 Taylor Barracks
- Tom Price WA 6751 Tom Price Depot
- Newman WA 6753 Newman Depot
- Geraldton WA 6530 Geraldton Training Barracks
- Karrakatta WA 6010 Irwin Barracks
- Exmouth WA 6707 Exmouth Depot
- Broome WA 6725 Broome Depot
- Port Hedland WA 6721 Port Hedland Depot
- Carnarvon WA 6701 Carnarvon Depot
- Kununurra WA 6743 Norforce Kununurra
- Broome WA 6725 NORFORCE , Broome Depot
- Cairns QLD 4871 Lockhart River Depot
- Mt Isa QLD 4825 Mt Isa Depot
- Innisfail QLD 4860 Calendar Park
- Atherton QLD 4883 Atherton Depot
- Cairns QLD 4871 Pormpuraaw Depot
- Thursday Island QLD 4875 Thursday Island Depot
- Weipa QLD 4874 Weipa Depot
- Yandina QLD 4561 Yandina Depot
- Mackay QLD 4741 Komiatum Barracks
Applicants will not normally be allowed to enter the Defence Force until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.
The Compulsory Retirement Age (CRA) for Reserve Service is 65 years. Enlistment up to and including the age of 60 years is open for all employment categories. Candidates who wish to enlist into the Army Reserve beyond the age of 60 years will need to be further assessed to ensure they would be feasibly able to complete all obligatory pre-requisite training in their chosen area of employment prior to reaching CRA.
Candidates whose age exceeds the age guidelines may still be considered for appointment, providing they have special skills or training that is of value to the Army
Education & Experience
Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.
Medical & Fitness
To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.
You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.
For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.
Period of Service
You can work from as little as one night a week, with your first year of service involving between 35-100 days (including IET and Military Training). Each year following you’ll need to commit to between 20-100 days.
Members may transfer out of the active Army Reserve at any time.
All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may undertake volunteer service until the age of 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age) subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further service.
To help determine your suitability to join the Australian Defence Force, you’ll need to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability, as well as a general maths test.
Additional testing might be required at a later date. Psychology support staff will explain what’s involved with each test. Find out more here.
Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the Defence Force.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the Defence Force may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances.
You will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.
Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.
The Department of Defence requires its employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.
The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:
Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.
Your training will begin with the Regional Force Surveillance Unit Induction Course (RFSUIC) which is generally conducted in the three major RFSU centres in Darwin (NORFORCE), Karratha (Pilbara Regiment) and Cairns (51 FNQR). During the RFSUIC your training will develop those foundation skills, knowledge and attitudes required to prepare you for employment as a Regional Force Soldier. The RFSUIC comprises 3 weeks of continuous training.
All Army Reserve soldiers are required to complete their Recruit Course within six months of enlisting. This takes place over 5 weeks continuous days in Wagga Wagga, NSW, at Kapooka. The training requirements are the same for males and females.
During this course, you’ll be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, drill, first aid, navigation and field craft exercises. Training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Instructional staff and your fellow recruits will be there to support you with the aim of watching you succeed.
Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved. Find out more here.
Duration of Training is 2 weeks. This training concentrates on fieldcraft skills and small patrol tactics and focuses on various weapons systems, field firing and night fighting equipment that an RFSU Regional Force Soldier may employ.
When you complete the training you will have reached the high standard required of an RFSU Regional Force Soldier but this is only the start of your training.
RFSU Regional Force Soldiers may also qualify as Signallers, Patrol Medics, Combat Drivers, Small Craft Handlers or Visual Trackers in order to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be a member of a RFSU patrol.