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Experience the life and work

Meet some of our team members and learn what inspires and motivates them.

“It's just like a big family and we all watch out for each other”

Jordon, Navy

Communication Information Systems Sailor

“It's a very rewarding job, I get to go out and mentor indigenous kids”

Keegan, Army

Surveillance Aircraft Operator

“Being part of the next generation of modern warriors fills me with pride”

Tara, Air Force

Air Intelligence Analyst

“I see myself being a leader amongst my crew... someone to look up to”

Jorde, Navy

Boatswain's Mate

“I've pushed my limits and done things I never thought I could do”

Natalie, Army

Supply Chain Specialist

“I work with people from all different backgrounds, and different religions”

Bodine, Air Force

Airborne Electronics Analyst


Enjoy all these benefits

Rewarding well-paid work, job security and a great lifestyle are just the start. In the Australian Defence Force you can also look forward to all these extra benefits:

Family and community support

Leadership opportunities

A supportive team environment

Opportunities to travel

Free sports and fitness facilities

Free medical and dental care

Subsidised accommodation

World-class training and education


Browse the ways you could join the ADF

I meet the education and fitness entry standards

There are several ways you can join the Navy, Army or Air Force and some jobs can have more than one entry method. ADF Entry Methods will help you choose the best for you.

I don’t meet the education and fitness entry standards

I want to join the Navy

The Navy Indigenous Development Program (NIDP) may be offered to you if you want to join the Navy, but do not currently meet the General Entry standards. You'll be given the opportunity to improve your reading, writing and fitness before embarking on recruit training.

During the application process, a Defence Recruiter will talk to you about your options, and assess if this is the right pathway for you.

  • Gives you a minimum of a TAFE Cert II in Skills for Work and Study
  • Provides a five-month introduction to life in the Navy
  • Open to all General Entry roles in the Navy
  • Minimum fitness levels apply

What you'll learn

Based in Cairns, you will train in the following areas:

  • Language, literacy and numeracy
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Leadership and character development
  • Physical fitness
  • Military and seamanship skills

Where it will take you

You'll leave the course with the skills, knowledge and confidence to start your full-time job in the Navy.

I want to join the Army

The Army Indigenous Development Program (AIDP) may be offered to you if you want to join the Army, but do not currently meet the General Entry standards. You’ll be given the opportunity to improve your reading, writing and fitness before you embark on recruit training.

During the application process a Defence Recruiter will talk to you about your options, and assess if this is the right pathway for you.

  • Gives you a minimum of a TAFE Cert II in Foundation Skills
  • Provides an introduction to life in the Army
  • Provides access to medical and dental treatment
  • Open to all General Entry roles in the Army
  • Minimum fitness levels apply

What you'll learn

Based at Kapooka, NSW, or Batchelor, NT you will train in the following areas:

  • Language, literacy and numeracy
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Leadership and character development
  • Physical fitness
  • Military skills

Where it will take you

You'll leave the course with the skills, knowledge and confidence to start your full-time job in the Army.

I've been selected but need to develop my skills and fitness

The Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program (IPRP) may be offered to you if you’ve been selected for a full-time or Reserve role in the Navy, Army or Air Force, but would benefit from confidence and resilience development and/or improved fitness before embarking on recruit training.

During the application process a Defence Recruiter will talk to you about your options, and assess if this is the right pathway for you.

  • Six-week residential course, held on a rotational basis at:
    • HMAS Cerberus, VIC,
    • Kapooka, NSW, or
    • RAAF Wagga, NSW.
  • Open to all General Entry roles
  • Requires a minimum fitness level of 4 push-ups, 20 sit-ups and 6.1 Beep Test score

What you'll learn

Your training will include:

  • Classroom based instruction
  • Physical fitness development
  • Team building activities
  • Military site visits

Where it will take you

You'll leave the course with the skills, knowledge and confidence for success at recruit training and in your role in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

I want to start at a time that suits me (Army)

The Recruit When Ready pathway may be offered to you if you've shown us you have what it takes, and are keen to get a job in the Army as soon as possible.

During the application process a Defence Recruiter will assess if you are eligible for this pathway, and talk to you about your options.

  • Lets you start at a time that suits your lifestyle and personal circumstances
  • Open to all General Entry roles in the Army
  • Cannot be combined with IPRP or AIDP pathways

I want to be posted near my family or home (Army)

The Recruit to Area pathway may be offered to you if you want to join the Army, and serving near a specific location is important to you for reasons such as family commitments.

If you live in a remote community and want to work close to home there may also be the opportunity to join a Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU) in a part-time capacity.

  • First posting can be near your home or another desired place
  • Available for first posting after completion of training
  • Open to all General Entry roles in the Army
  • Can be combined with IPRP or AIDP pathways

During the application process a Defence Recruiter will assess if you are eligible for this pathway, and talk to you about your options.


To find out more about these pathways, call 13 19 01 or contact a recruiter.


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