About the Job

Are you a recent Year 12 graduate who wants to develop your skills before pursuing study, or take the time to think about your career direction? Or have you been thinking about a job in the Air Force but aren’t sure it’s right for you? Maybe you just want a break from your studies or current job to travel and challenge yourself?

The Air Force Gap Year program provides young Australians who meet general entry requirements an opportunity to broaden their life experience with only a one year commitment. The program offers a 'try before you buy' experience of Air Force training and lifestyle for young men and women, without any obligation to serve beyond the program period.

Air Force Cabin Crew play a vital role in ensuring the safety, security and comfort of military personnel and civilian passengers such as Government ministers, Australian and foreign heads of state, royalty and guests of the Australian government, onboard an aircraft. 

In this varied and rewarding role, you are responsible for adhering to and applying aircraft-specific security procedures and legislations. You will also undertake a range of duties, including but not limited to, provision of in-flight food and beverage service, loading and unloading of passengers and compilation of aircraft documentation. 

You will have an opportunity to travel to a variety of domestic and international destinations as a member of transport aircraft squadrons such as 33SQN at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD and 34SQN at Defence Establishment Fairbairn, ACT. You may also be attached to other RAAF transport aircraft squadrons for special missions.

Air Force Cabin Crew is a prominent representational role. As such, you will receive practical training and learn to uphold exemplary standards of grooming, deportment, presentation and communication. Better still, you will develop skills such as flexibility, initiative, resourcefulness and effective teamwork that will benefit you for life.  

Throughout your training, you will be supported by professional and enthusiastic Air Force personnel who will provide the guidance and mentorship necessary for you to achieve your goals.  Your training will begin at No.1 Recruit Training Unit at RAAF Base Wagga, NSW where you’ll be enlisted in the Cabin Crew mustering as a trainee. Military training will be followed by Initial Employment Training (IET) at 33 SQN RAAF Base in Amberley, QLD. 

To find out more about the role of an Air Force Cabin Crew, refer to the full-time job page here



This entry method is currently not recruiting

This role closed on 18/03/2019

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to base pay you'll receive a variety of allowances - which are detailed below - plus superannuation at a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.

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Upon successful completion of initial Cabin Crew training, you will be posted to 33SQN at RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. 

You will spend the majority of your working time in a pressurised aircraft, which can be subject to all flight and weather conditions. You are also required to travel to a variety of domestic and international destinations, and are subject to the effects of time zone, temperature and environmental changes. 




You must be aged between 18-24 years old as of 31 March 2020.

Education & Experience

You must have completed Year 12 level of secondary education. Additionally, you must have Year 10 passes in English and Maths. 

Current or former serving military personnel (ADF or foreign service) are not eligible for Gap Year.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted, 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 pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. 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

The Air Force Gap Year program is a fully sponsored program of up to 12 months service. After successful completion of this program, you may have further opportunities within the ADF as a reserve or permanent member depending on capability requirements and available vacancies, or you can choose to leave the ADF.

Failure Management/Termination of Contracts

You can terminate your contract at any stage during the program with 21 days' notice. Should you fail to complete military or employment training, options for further service and training will all be considered on a case by case basis.

Additional Requirements

It is desirable that you must:

  • Hold at a minimum a provisional/probationary Australian C Class drivers licence with 12 months driving experience, and
  • be able to drive a motor vehicle with a manual transmission, and
  • be free of driving infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.


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.


Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADFGY Air Force program.

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

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to attain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. Details on the security requirements for all Air Force jobs can be found here.


Military Training

Your recruit course for Air Force Gap Year Cabin Crew begins at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) at RAAF Base Wagga, NSW. This training is approximately 11 weeks.

Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, you will commence Initial Employment Training (IET) at 33SQN RAAF Base Amberley.

Further Training

Upon successful completion of IET, you will undertake Cabin Crew duties in Amberley, QLD for the remainder of your Gap Year to consolidate your training.