About the Job

An Army Gap Year Army Officer (also known as GSO and Officer) is someone who is committed, shows initiative, works well in a team environment and has leadership potential. You may have already studied at university or have worked for a couple of years since leaving school. Your training will teach you how to think, not what to think. At the end of your training you will have the ability to lead and confidently make decisions. You will also specialise in one of the following jobs:

  • Infantry (Royal Australian Infantry)
  • Logistics Corps (Royal Australian Corps of Transport, Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)
  • Engineers (Royal Australian Corps of Engineers)
  • Artillery (Royal Australian Corps of Artillery)
  • Armoured Corps (Royal Australian Armoured Corps)
  • Signals (Royal Australian Corps of Signals)

This entry method is currently not recruiting

This role closed on 03/06/2019

Key Information

Salary & Allowances

In the Army 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.


For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


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Locations

Participants will be posted to the Sydney University Regiment, Sydney (Jan - Jul 18) followed by a posting to an ARA unit in Brisbane or Townsville (Jul - Dec 18).

The five week RRTC is conducted at Kapooka. This is followed by five months posted to SUR undertaking officer training in Sydney, Singleton and Canberra. Successful participants will graduate as LT in Jul 18 and be posted to ARA units in Brisbane and Townsville for the remainder of the program.

At the completion of the ADF Gap Year Army Officer (ARes) Program, participants will be encouraged to provide ongoing service in the ARes and every effort made for a posting to a unit in a location where they intend to reside.

Participants will not be considered for operational deployment or international operations whilst undertaking the program.

However, they may participate in domestic exercises and Defence Assistance to the Civil Community (DACC) tasks.


Requirements

Age

Gap Year candidates must be 17-24 years old (and be at least 18 years old by 31 May 2020).

Education & Experience

Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent), including four tertiary accredited subjects at Year 12 level of which one must be English.

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.

Combat positions. Applicants require a higher level of strength and aerobic fitness than non-combat employment categories. Applicants may be expected to pass the relevant Combat Arms Physical Employment Standards before the end of their initial employment training.

Period of Service

The ADF Gap Year Program commences on 4 Jan 19 and concludes on 07 Dec 19. Participants serve fulltime for the duration of the program. Through the first six months you will be in accelerated Army Reserve Officer training primarily based at Sydney University Regiment, Holsworthy, New South Wales with the final period conducted at the Royal Military College - Duntroon, Canberra. Upon graduation you will be a Lieutenant and posted to a Regular Army unit for six months of on-the-job experience to consolidate your learning.

At the end of the programme participants can choose to apply for ongoing service in the Army Reserve or separate from Army. Currently, participants may also transition out of the program at any time by providing a minimum of 21 days' notice.

Applicants should note that the Army Gap Year Officer (ARes) program qualifies successful participants as Army Reserve Officers (i.e. qualified to subsequently serve in a part-time capacity). Any ongoing service in the fulltime Army as an Officer after the program may require the participant to attend the Royal Military College (RMC) as a Staff Cadet for additional training.

Additional Requirements

Special Requirements
  • Entry is restricted to people with no prior military service.
  • Entry is restricted to people who have not previously participated in the ADF Gap Year Program, unless the participant exited previous programs early for compassionate or compelling reasons
  • Participants must meet the same standards and requirements as all other officers in training and employment situations. Failure to meet any officer training requirement will result in the participant's withdrawal from the program. Depending on the circumstances, the participant may be offered an opportunity to complete their Gap Year as a soldier

Entry Requirements

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

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 ADFGY program.

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 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

The Army Gap Year Officer (ARes) First Appointment Course (FAC) focuses on instilling Army's values (Courage, Initiative, Respect and Teamwork) in a similar fashion to soldier basic training and then providing junior officer candidates with the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon. Participants will be posted to the Sydney University Regiment, Sydney (Jan - Jul 18) followed by a posting to an ARA (fulltime) unit in Brisbane or Townsville (Jul - Dec 18).

Jan - Jul - Trainees will undertake an accelerated ARes Officer training continuum, administered and delivered by Sydney University Regiment. Trainees will be employed full time to achieve the learning objectives in the accelerated timeframe. On completion of Training Block 5, Trainees will graduate from Royal Military College (RMC) - Duntroon as a Lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

The Army Gap Year Officer (ARes) will provide consolidated training based on the ARes General Service Officer's FAC five (5) training blocks:

Training Block 1 - Military Foundation Skills - 35 days duration delivered at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka (Wagga Wagga, NSW). This is called the Reserve Recruit Training Course (RRCT) and provides foundation skills for officers and soldiers in the Army Reserve.

Training Block 2 - Small Military Team Leader Theory - 16 days duration and is conducted during January/February by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block builds on the skills introduced at Recruit Training and provides Officer Cadets with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to operate as part of a section.

Training Block 3 - Small Military Team Leader - 16 days duration conducted during January/February by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block provides Officer Cadets with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to command at section level. This training block is also your first step along the way to learning the leadership and management skills that you will need to successfully command soldiers in the Australian Army. This training block also gives qualifications in the conduct of military live fire weapons range practices.

Training Block 4 - Command, Leadership and Management - 16 days duration conducted during April/May by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block provides Officer Cadets with the theoretical knowledge required for the conduct of platoon level operations and introduces Officer Cadets to command at platoon level.

Training Block 5 - All Corps Army Reserve Platoon Commander - 28 days duration conducted in June/July by External Training Wing, RMC Duntroon, at Majura (near Canberra), ACT. This training block provides Officer Cadets with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to command at platoon level and confirms you have all the attributes, skills and values to become an officer in the Australian Army. It also confirms that you have the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon on likely Army Reserve operations. On the successful completion of Training Block 5, you will be commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserve.

Jul - Dec - Participants will be posted to an ARA (full-time) unit and will be mentored by high performing junior officers. During this period of time, you will also undertake the relevant Regimental or Logistical Officers Basic Course for your allocated corps. Participants allocated to those corps that don't have an ARes version of the officer basic course will conduct the full time officer basic course).

On conclusion of the GY, participants may choose to continue service as a LT in the ARes, Standby Reserve or they may choose to separate from the Army. Participants who wish to continue service in the ARA (fulltime) will be required to apply through the Directorate of Officer Career Management - Army and should expect to undertake further training at RMC-D.

Employment Training

The Army Gap Year Officer (ARes) First Appointment Course (FAC) focuses on instilling Army's values (Courage, Initiative, Respect and Teamwork) in a similar fashion to soldier basic training and then providing junior officer candidates with the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon. Participants will be posted to the Sydney University Regiment, Sydney (Jan - Jul 18) followed by a posting to an ARA (fulltime) unit in Brisbane or Townsville (Jul - Dec 18).

Jan - Jul - Trainees will undertake an accelerated ARes Officer training continuum, administered and delivered by Sydney University Regiment. Trainees will be employed full time to achieve the learning objectives in the accelerated timeframe. On completion of Training Block 5, Trainees will graduate from Royal Military College (RMC) - Duntroon as a Lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

The Army Gap Year Officer (ARes) will provide consolidated training based on the ARes General Service Officer's FAC five (5) training blocks:

Training Block 1 - Military Foundation Skills - 35 days duration delivered at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka (Wagga Wagga, NSW). This is called the Reserve Recruit Training Course (RRCT) and provides foundation skills for officers and soldiers in the Army Reserve.

Training Block 2 - Small Military Team Leader Theory - 16 days duration and is conducted during January/February by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block builds on the skills introduced at Recruit Training and provides Officer Cadets with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to operate as part of a section.

Training Block 3 - Small Military Team Leader - 16 days duration conducted during January/February by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block provides Officer Cadets with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to command at section level. This training block is also your first step along the way to learning the leadership and management skills that you will need to successfully command soldiers in the Australian Army. This training block also gives qualifications in the conduct of military live fire weapons range practices.

Training Block 4 - Command, Leadership and Management - 16 days duration conducted during April/May by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block provides Officer Cadets with the theoretical knowledge required for the conduct of platoon level operations and introduces Officer Cadets to command at platoon level.

Training Block 5 - All Corps Army Reserve Platoon Commander - 28 days duration conducted in June/July by External Training Wing, RMC Duntroon, at Majura (near Canberra), ACT. This training block provides Officer Cadets with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to command at platoon level and confirms you have all the attributes, skills and values to become an officer in the Australian Army. It also confirms that you have the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon on likely Army Reserve operations. On the successful completion of Training Block 5, you will be commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserve.

Jul - Dec - Participants will be posted to an ARA (full-time) unit and will be mentored by high performing junior officers. During this period of time, you will also undertake the relevant Regimental or Logistical Officers Basic Course for your allocated corps. Participants allocated to those corps that don't have an ARes version of the officer basic course will conduct the full time officer basic course).

On conclusion of the GY, participants may choose to continue service as a LT in the ARes, Standby Reserve or they may choose to separate from the Army. Participants who wish to continue service in the ARA (fulltime) will be required to apply through the Directorate of Officer Career Management - Army and should expect to undertake further training at RMC-D.