SOLDIER / RESERVE (PART TIME)

Patrolman


Operating in the far North and West are specially trained soldiers that work as part of the Regional Force Surveillance Units. If you seek great training and experiences in some of the most remote locations in Australia, then this is for you.

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Job Overview


About the Job

Regional Force Surveillance Units (RFSU) operate in remote areas of Northern and Western Australia. Patrolmen in these unique units are part of a high priority team responsible for Army reconnaissance and surveillance operations in the vast areas of North Queensland, Northern Territory and the Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia.

The role of the RFSU patrol is to gain information by observation and to maintain situational awareness within their respective Areas of Responsibility. By their very nature these patrols operate by stealth. Under most circumstances, hostile detection would be handed off to another Australian Defence Force (ADF) component or government agency. Their ability to conduct surveillance operations contributes to an effective defence surveillance network in Northern and Western Australia. To carry out this role the patrol relies heavily on skilled small patrol tactics, effective teamwork and an intimate knowledge of their local infrastructure and area of responsibility. The inherent regional specialisation reduces the need for acclimatisation during mobilisation and provides an important link between the ADF and many of Australia's remote communities.

RFSUs are comprised substantially of Army Reservists recruited from local communities - including indigenous populations. These personnel live, train and conduct activities and patrols in the areas to which they would normally deploy for operations.

Patrol Organisation

The RFSU patrol will normally consist of six members commanded by selected Officers or Sergeants. This is the optimum size, but may be reduced to a minimum of two military members depending on the task.

A full six person patrol is organised as follows:

  • Patrol Commander - Commands the patrol
  • Patrol 2IC - Carries out the administration and logistics of the patrol
  • Patrol Signaller - Responsible for the communications and signal equipment of the patrol
  • Patrol Medic - Responsible for the health of the patrol members
  • Patrol Scout - Responsible for clearing the patrol route by visual search
  • Patrolman - Responsible for all additional tasks required by the patrol commander

Patrolmen are equipped with the F88 AUSTEYR Individual Weapon, a light robust and effective rifle and the patrol may carry the F89 Minimi Light Support Weapon. The patrol is also equipped with Night Fighting Equipment (NFE) and other specialist surveillance equipment.

Main Job Function

An RFSU patrol is capable of performing the following tasks:

  • 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

Most patrol members are trained drivers of the unit's specialised regional force surveillance vehicle and are trained in the operation of small water craft. Patrols may deploy by RAAF aircraft, army aviation, navy patrol boat, small water craft, vehicle or by foot. The majority of missions generally concentrate on an observation post monitoring and reporting activities however patrols can also operate in a mobile role whilst looking for signs or liaising with the local community. Irrespective of the mode used, patrols will operate independently and have to rely on their ability to see without being seen for their protection.

During any move towards conflict the RFSU Patrolman would be an integral element of the first of three types of land defence (detection, protection and response). The unit's observation posts or reconnaissance patrols may provide the initial information on a situation and together with information gathered by air and naval forces in the sea-air-land gap provide early warning of an incursion.

Because of the unique requirements of an RFSU Patrolman, special consideration is given to those personnel who do not meet the normal Army Reserve (GRes) conditions of entry and service, but who are otherwise suitable for service in an RFSU.

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Key Information

Salary & Allowances

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $100.19 per day tax free.

Salary while undertaking or waiting to complete Employment Training: $114.51 per day tax free.

Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. This particular job is classified as a Pay Grade 2 occupation.

Members of the Reserve on part-time service are paid at a daily rate of pay and on completion of training, this occupation attracts a starting rate of $134.22 per day tax free.

In addition to your salary, a Reserve Allowance of $28.19 per day is payable to compensate for the unique demands of Reserve Service.

Locations

RFSU

The RFSU operate in the north of Australia, with their Headquarters and out stations spread from Karratha in the Pilbara and Gascoyne Region of WA, through the top end of the NT and across to Cairns and the Cape York Peninsula.

NT: NORFORCE

  • Headquarters Norforce - Larrakeyah, Groote Eylandt, Katherine
  • Arnhem Squadron - Headquarters in Gove / Nhulunbuy, depots in Nguiu and Jabiru
  • Centre Squadron - Headquarters in Alice Springs, depots in Borroloola and Tennant Creek
  • Kimberley Squadron - Headquarters in Broome, depots in Derby and Kununurra

QLD: 51 FNQR with depots located at Atherton, Aurukun, Bamaga, Cairns, Innisfail, Lockhart River, Mt Isa, Normanton, Thursday Island, Weipa and York Island.

WA: The Pilbara Regiment with depots located at Carnarvon, Exmouth, Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland and Tom Price.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be aged between 17 and 55 years of age inclusive on day of entry. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF 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.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.

or

You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this trade.

Further information is available here.

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

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. Members may transfer out of the active Army Reserve at any time.

Aptitude

The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Citizenship

Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary wavier of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying can not be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

More information on citizenship requirements and the citizenship waiver process is available from the Recruitment Centre and your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF 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:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.

Training

Military Training

RFSLYour 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 Patrolman. The RFSUIC comprises 16 days of continuous training.

General Entry

All General Entry recruits into the Australian Army Reserve are required to complete the Recruit Course.

Duration: 35 days continuous

Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW

When you have completed basic Recruit Training you will have reached the standard of a basic soldier. You will have developed the qualities and acquired the knowledge, skills and attitudes which are necessary to progress further in the Army. For more information on the content of Recruit Training click here.

Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.

Alternatively, applicants enlisted into a RFSU may attend a 16 day Recruit Induction Course if enlisted from RFSU regions.

Employment Training

Patrolman Course

Duration of Training is 16 days. 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 Patrol may employ.

When you complete the training you will have reached the high standard required of an RFSU patrolman but this is only the start of your training.

Patrolmen 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.

Reserve Unit Locations

  • NORFORCE
    Alice Springs NT 0870
  • NORFORCE
    Borroloola NT 0854
  • Groote Eylandt Depot
    Groote NT 0872
  • Carpentaria Street Depot
    Kunnunurra WA 6743
  • Larrakeyah Barracks
    Larrakeyah NT 0820
  • NORFORCE
    Nhulunbuy NT 0880
  • NORFORCE
    Tennant Creek NT 0860
  • Porton Barracks
    Cairns QLD 4870
  • Mornington Island
    Mornington Island QLD 4871
  • Mt Isa Depot
    Mt Isa QLD 4825
  • Weipa Depot
    Weipa QLD 4874
  • Broome Depot
    Broome WA 6725
  • Carnarvon Depot
    Carnarvon WA 6701
  • NORFORCE
    Derby WA 6728
  • Exmouth Depot
    Exmouth WA 6707
  • Irwin Barracks
    Karrakatta WA 6010
  • Taylor Barracks
    The Pilbara Regiment C Troop, 2 Sqn - Taylor Barracks Karratha WA 6714
  • Port Hedland Depot
    Port Hedland WA 6721