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.

As a Warehouse Storeperson, you will play a vital role in maintaining Air Force capability and preparedness on base and on deployment. You will undertake a range of duties, including, but not limited to, processing base requests for general stores and aircraft spares, electronic purchasing and maintenance of funds control ledgers, operating forklifts, dispatch and transportation of material, and inventory control. 

In this rewarding and varied role, you will work in a supportive team environment and receive practical training that will prepare you for all aspects of warehouse management and logistics. Better still, you will develop a range of skills such as attention to detail, effective communication and teamwork that will benefit you for life. 

Throughout your Gap Year, you will be supported by professional and enthusiastic Air Force personnel who will provide the guidance 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 Warehouse Storeperson mustering as a trainee. Military training will be followed by Initial Employment Training (IET) at the RAAF School of Administration and Logistics in RAAF Base Wagga, NSW. 

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

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Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.


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 your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.

For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


As a Gap Year Warehouse Storeperson, you may be posted to any Air Force Defence Establishment. This includes major operation air bases such as: 

- RAAF Base Amberley or RAAF Base Townsville in QLD,
- RAAF Base Darwin or RAAF Base Tindal in NT,
- RAAF Base Williamtown or RAAF Base Richmond in NSW,
- And RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA.

You will generally be employed within an office environment in, but not limited to, equipment management sections, warehouses, central procurement areas, systems program offices, flying squadrons and combat support squadrons. You may also be subject to extreme noise hazards while operating within flying squadron environments. 



Gap Year candidates must be aged between 17-24 years old on enlistment and be at least 18 years old by completion of military training (1RTU).

Education & Experience

You must have completed Year 12 level of secondary education (or equivalent). 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 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

The ADFGY program is a fully sponsored program of up to 12 months service. After successful completion of this program, personnel may have further opportunities within the ADF as a reserve or permanent member depending on capability requirements and available vacancies.

Failure Management/Termination of Contracts

Candidates can terminate their contract at any stage during the program with 21 days notice. Should personnel 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

Special Requirements

Gap Year Warehouse Store-Person (SUP) must have held a provisional/probationary or full Australian C Class (or equivalent) motor vehicle licence for 12 months prior to enlistment. 

Applicants must also be free of traffic infringements and/or offences that may result in future cancellation of the licence, or prevent the issue of an ADF Drivers Licence.

Entry Requirements

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


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.


To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral 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.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) 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 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

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

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by DFR during the initial application process.


Military Training

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

Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, you will commence Initial Employment Training (IET) at RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training in RAAF Base Wagga, NSW.  This training is approximately a 14 week course. 

Further Training

Upon successful completion of IET, you will undertake Warehouse Storeperson duties for approximately 4 months at any major operational air bases to consolidate your training.