About the Job

Experience what life in the Army is like in one of three rewarding Army Gap Year Support roles. In your Army Support Gap Year, you’ll be managed throughout your training by professional and enthusiastic Army personnel, who will provide the guidance necessary for you to get the most out of this experience.

Your training will begin at Kapooka in Wagga Wagga, NSW, where you’ll complete 80 days of recruit training. Training will involve physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. It’s challenging, but it will prepare you for anything.

On completion of your initial military training, you’ll grow your skills and expertise in one of the following roles:

  • Driver where you’ll get behind the wheel of an exciting variety of high performing military vehicles, from a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon to a 110-tonne heavy equipment transporter designed to carry cargo like tanks. Learn more about Driver here
  • Administration Assistant where you’ll learn to be an administration, communication and resource management specialist supporting your commanders and colleagues in barracks and on exercises. Learn more about Administration Assistant here.
  • Warehouse Coordinator where you’ll take on a critical warehouse management and logistics role, acquiring valuable supply chain skills and distribute state-of-the-art military equipment that most people don’t get to see. Learn more about Warehouse Coordinator here.

Once you’re finished your training, you’ll join a unit and provide vital support to Army teams to keep them operating at their peak while on exercise or in barracks to keep the Army moving.

So, what happens next? After finishing your Gap Year program, you can choose to continue your career in the Army, or use the skills and experiences to gain an edge in future careers. There’s no obligation to serve beyond the one-year program period.


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.

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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 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.


Locations

Support Gap Year soldiers will conduct their recruit course at Kapooka before moving to a second training location to conduct trade training at either Bandiana, or Puckapunyal, VIC. Once trained in a support role, you can be posted to units throughout Australia with the major units located in Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville and Darwin. You can expect to find out where you will be posted during your initial employment training at the school you’ve been allocated to.


Requirements

Age

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to complete the Initial Minimum Period of Service before reaching Compulsory Retirement Age (60).

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.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 12 education (or equivalent), as well as passes in Yr 10 English and Mathematics.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted, as a Support Gap Year soldier you must be medically and physically fit for entry. Your fitness is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

Your fitness 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 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

Your Gap Year experience will commence on enlistment at the start of the year and will conclude 12 months later.

Subsequent periods of service in the Regular or Reserve Force may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may request discharge at any time by providing 21 days’ notice.

Additional Requirements

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

Special Driver Requirements

Applicants who do not hold a current provisional/probationary drivers licence will not be eligible for a Driver or Warehouse Coordinator/Storeperson position when assigned a role within the Support Segment. If a candidate has a civilian licence that is under suspension or has been cancelled, they will not be eligible for a Driver position until such time that the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

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.

Staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for a combat role within the Defence Force.

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

Citizenship

Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the Gap Year program.

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.

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 applicant’s 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

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

Total Duration: 80 days.

Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the 80 day Army Recruit Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.

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

During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Whilst at Recruit Training, Support Gap Year Soldiers will be allocated one of the three identified support roles after taking into account their preference.

Recruit training at Kapooka is followed by Initial Employment training:

Administration Assistant Initial Employment Training– will be conducted at the School of Ordnance, Bandiana, VIC. At the School of Ordnance you will be trained in clerical skills using computer systems and will be taught to interpret policy, legislation and military pay and allowances in order to provide sound and timely advice.

Driver Initial Employment Training – will be conducted at the School of Transport at Puckapunyal, VIC. At the School of Transport you will be taught how to load, drive and maintain a Medium Rigid Truck and a Mercedes Benz G Wagon and all associated equipment issued to that vehicle.

Warehouse coordinator Initial Employment Training –will be conducted at the School of Ordnance, Bandiana, VIC. At the School of Ordnance you will be trained in the storage, packaging, handling and distribution of military equipment and other goods. You will also be taught how to account, issue and receipt goods.

Course durations vary between 7 and 10 weeks depending on the combat support role you are allocated.

On completion of the initial employment training you can be posted to Battalions and Regiments throughout Australia with the major units located in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Townsville and Darwin.