About the Job
There are few jobs out there as physically or mentally demanding as being an Airfield Defence Guard in the Air Force. You'll be at the peak of your physical ability, able to think fast on your feet and make clear decisions under extreme pressure. You'll be technologically minded too - capable of mastering sophisticated weapons systems and surveillance platforms. This is a career that will test your limits. But the rewards are unlike any other.
Airfield Defence Guards (ADG) are non-commissioned Air Force members who provide the specialist ground (combat) force required to protect air power assets from the effects of hostile ground action in and around Air Force Bases and Installations, both in Australia and overseas during peacetime and on operations;. During peacetime ADGs support Air Force Security (AFSEC) and Air Base Protection (ABP) by conducing routine security tasks, including vehicle and foot patrols, static guarding and control of entry points. On operations ADGs form the basis of the Air Force's ground combat force, protecting Base assets, infrastructure and personnel against attack from enemy ground forces both inside and outside of the airfield perimeter. They also instruct other Air Force personnel in relevant ground defence techniques.
The mentally and physically demanding nature of the duties carried out by ADGs requires the maintenance of very high physical fitness and physical employment standards. You will frequently be absent from your home base and family for several months of the year. During training and operations, ADGs work in all terrains and climatic conditions by day and night. You must be able to function in extreme conditions for indefinite periods and endure high levels of fatigue, with the purpose of locating and defeating the enemy.
ADGs require a high level of personal discipline, adaptability, tenacity, team focus and be willing to undertake hard physical work for long periods in close proximity of other team members for extended periods. Note it is not unusual for ADGs to patrol for up to 5 days or more without access to amenities, carrying mission essential items, personal food and water.
Even though you will be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment, the ADG working environment is often hazardous and you will be exposed to a high level of noise, small arms weapon systems and high explosives. ADGs may also be required to work in nuclear, biological and chemical protective ensembles for prolonged periods. In a non-operational environment, ADGs will work in instructional settings, on ground weapon ranges, under simulated operational conditions and use small arms weapons systems and high explosives.
ADGs live and work as a team, normally in groups of five to ten personnel. Some typical tasks performed by ADGs are:
- Foot and vehicle patrolling by day and by night in and around both established and bare base airfields and through vegetated or urban environments in all extremities of weather conditions and locations within or outside of Australia
- Aircraft Security Operations providing protection to aircraft, infrastructure and personnel
- Construction of field defences and obstacles such as weapon pits and bunkers, fences and road blocks
- Search and clearance operations
- Manning of crew served weapons such as machine guns and anti-armour weapons and
- Instruction on small arms such as rifle, shotguns and machine guns
Equipment Carriage (Very important)
During training and on operations, ADGs will be required to carry equipment such as:
- Patrol Order (combat ensemble and individual weapon) 15 kg
- Field order (Pack, webbing and rifle) minimum 25 kg and
- Additional equipment specific to the mission such as specialist weapon systems, communication systems and surveillance systems
The operational role of an ADG will require them to develop the specialised Ground Combat skills and knowledge needed to perform their duties in an operational environment.
Have you considered these other roles
Other Ranks - Non Technical
Join the ADF with appropriate high school passes
This entry method is currently not recruiting
It is suggested that those interested in joining Airfield Defence Guard in the Air Force and seek more information about this role contact Air Force Security Force Recruitment at SECFOR.RWFM@defence.gov.au A suitable Air Force member will respond within 7-14 working days and will be able to convey a more detailed explanation of this rewarding full or part-time security job.
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.
Once you have successfully completed the ADG Basic Course, you can expect a posting to either No 1 Security Forces Squadron (1SECFORSQN), at RAAF Williamtown (WLM), No 2 Security Forces Squadron (2SECFORSQN) at RAAF Amberley (QLD) or No 3 Security Forces Squadron (SECFORSQN) at RAAF Edinburgh (SA).
Must be aged between 17 and 55 years inclusive on day of entry.
Note drivers licence eligibility requirement.
Education & Experience
It is essential that the applicant has completed Year 10 with passes in English and Maths.
Medical & Fitness
You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. For Airfield Defence Guard, the standard you will be required to meet before enlistment is a PFA consisting of:
- Push-Ups: 10
- Sit-Ups (feet held): 20 and
- Shuttle Run: 6.5
- Push-Ups: 4
- Sit-Ups (feet held): 20 and
- Shuttle Run: 6.5
The basic ADG course is physically very demanding. Accordingly, students (both male and female) need to have a very high level of physical fitness before commencing training. To graduate from RAAFSFS, students must be able to perform sit ups (3 seconds cadence), flex arm hang or push ups, and be able to run 2.4km or walk 5km according to age group. ADGs are assessed at least annually for physical fitness. Additionally, ADG trainees are to successfully satisfy all requirements of the Ground Defence Physical Employment Standard Assessment (GDPES-A), which comprises of four components:
- A 15km combat endurance march
- Fire and movement activity
- A jerry can carry
- A box lift and place
The GDPES-A is conducted within a 24hr period, and is designed to provide a practical evaluation of an individual's capacity to undertake combat related physical requirements for military operations.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.
You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation and provide a minimum of three months' notice.
It is essential that all applicants must hold at a minimum a provisional/probationary Australian C Class drivers licence. It is desirable that all applicants 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 ADF.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF 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 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.
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.
Duration: 10.6 weeks
Location: RAAF Base Wagga (NSW)
You'll start your Air Force career at No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU). In three intensive months you'll transition smoothly from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.
You can read about what to expect at the No.1 Recruit Training Unit on the 1RTU website.
Recruit training is followed by the 10 week full-time Security Forces Common Course, leading into the 10 week full-time Airfield Defence Guard Basic Course conducted at the RAAF Security and Fire School (RAAFSFS), RAAF Base Amberley, QLD. Training is provided on: the expandable baton, OC Spray and handcuffs; small arms weapons (ranging from the 9mm Browning Pistol, F88 AUSTEYR Individual Weapon, the 40mm Grenade Launcher Attachment (GLA) and F89 Light Support Weapon); Night Fighting Equipment, high explosive weapons (Grenades and the M18A1 Claymore - anti personnel weapon), radio communications, field engineering (construct field defences and obstacles), field craft, battle-craft and tactics, map reading and navigation by day and night, nuclear, biological and chemical defence, first aid and casualty handling.
The basic ADG course is physically very demanding. Accordingly, students (both male and female) need to have a very high level of physical fitness before commencing training. To graduate from RAAFSFS, students must be able to perform sit ups (3 seconds cadence), flex arm hang or push ups and be able to run 2.4 kilometres or walk 5 km according to age group. For example, ADGs less than 25 years of age are required to perform a 30 second flex arm hang or 25 push ups, 30 sit-ups (feet unsecured) or 65 sit ups (feet secured) and run/walk 2.4 kilometres in 12 minutes or complete a 5 km walk in 38 minutes or less. ADGs are assessed at least annually for physical fitness.
Additionally, ADG trainees are to successfully satisfy all requirements of the Ground Defence Physical Employment Standard Assessment (GDPES-A) which comprises of four components; a 15 km Combat Endurance March; Fire and Movement activity; a Jerry Can Carry; and a Box Lift and Place. The GDPES-A is conducted within a 24 hour period. This assessment is designed to provide a practical evaluation of an individual's capacity to undertake combat related physical requirements for military operations.
Note: While not a formal requirement; candidates are encouraged to meet the physical fitness standards required of an ADG prior to entering the Air Force. Do not commence a physical fitness program without consulting a physician.
There are many professional development courses available on graduation from the Airfield Defence Guard Basic Course. Some of these include:
- ADG leadership / Promotion Courses
- Close Personal Protection Course (CPP)
- Driver training (Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV)), Bushmaster, Unimog truck, DRZ 400cc Motorcycle)
- Instructor Technique Course and
- Weapon Instructor Course
Promotion through the ranks of non commissioned officer is competitive and subject to vacancies. You will need to demonstrate sound trade skills, positive attitude and also to have successfully completed any qualifying trade tests and/or promotion examinations. The opportunity exists within the mustering for promotion to the rank of Warrant Officer.