When you join the Australian Defence Force you become a member of a proud and honourable organisation that can trace its roots back to the late eighteenth century.
Loyal service built on core values
The Royal Australian Navy was the first of the services to be formally established and it has gone on to be active in every ocean in the world. The royal title was bestowed in 1911, though Navy roots can be traced back to the late eighteenth century.
From Gallipoli and the Western Front in World War 1 to today's national defence initiatives and coalition missions, the Australian Army shares a proud tradition of service to Australia and its allies across the world.
Air Force heritage
The Australian Flying Corps was established within just a few years of the first ever powered flight and became the Royal Australian Air Force in 1921. Through its defence, humanitarian and disaster-relief work, it has become one of the world's most respected air forces.
Over a century of loyal service
- 1899 - 1902: Second Boer War
- 1914 - 1918: World War 1
- 1939 - 1945: World War II
- 1948 - 1960: Malayan Emergency
- 1950 - 1953: Korean War
- 1955 - 1975: Vietnam War
- 1962 - 1966: Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation
- 1993: Relief mission to Somalia
- 1999 - 2004, 2006 - 2013: Timor-Leste
- 2001 - 2014: Afghanistan
- 2003 - 2009, 2014 - present: Iraq
In addition to supporting international operations, the Navy, Army and Air Force continue to build on their reputations for assisting with disaster-relief, and supporting peacekeeping and humanitarian missions across the world. In the past these operations have involved service in Bougainville, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan and the Sinai.