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 Navy but aren't sure if it's right for you? Maybe you just want a break from your current job to travel and challenge yourself?
The ADF Gap Year Navy Sailor program provides young Australians who meet General Entry requirements an opportunity to broaden their life experience with only a one year commitment.
The Navy Gap Year program offers a 'try before you buy' experience of Navy training and lifestyle for young people, without any obligation to serve beyond the 12 month program. The program offers workplace experience within various Navy career streams that are the same as those undertaken by full-time members of the Navy.
As a Gap Year participant you will receive an attractive salary during the program and benefit from standard ADF employment entitlements such as free medical and dental care, subsidised accommodation and meals and employment allowances.
You will be supported throughout your training by professional and enthusiastic Navy personnel who will provide the guidance necessary for you to achieve your goals. This will begin at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus where you will be required to complete an 11 week course (common to Navy Sailor recruits) prior to continuing with the program. Recruit School is an invigorating environment where you will be challenged to meet Navy standards of fitness, demeanour and behaviour.
The Gap Year program will provide you with experiences and skills that will benefit you in your career and personal life long after you graduate.
You will be employed as a General Duty Sailor and will be a fully integrated member of either a ship or employment in an Establishment or resident units within Establishments. Your Gap Year will be broken up into different stages. This will give you the opportunity to receive basic training and to tour Navy's different bases. You will experience life at sea, as well as what it is like to be employed ashore. Irrespective of the different areas in which you may be placed, you will be provided with the opportunity to contribute to the operation of the ship or unit. Examples of the type of seamanship skills that you may get to learn and participate in include general rigging and rope work, berthing and casting off, watch on deck, anchor work, and a range of seamanship evolutions.
ADF Gap Year
Experience life in the ADF with no commitment beyond 12 months
This entry method is currently not recruiting
This role closed on 01/07/2019
Salary & Allowances
In the Navy 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.
The Recruit Course and Basic Seamanship Course is conducted at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.
The Shore Establishment tour may include visits to:
Fleet Base East, HMAS Penguin, HMAS Watson and HMAS Waterhen in Sydney
HMAS Albatross at Nowra and HMAS Creswell at Jervis Bay
Fleet Base West in Western Australia at HMAS Stirling
Assignment to Sea Deployment and Shore Employment at Establishments could be in a range of locations around Australia.
Navy Gap Year Sailor Applicants need to be aged between 18-24 years old by completion of recruit training, which is dependant on each intake. January intake must be 18 by 29 March 2020; April intake must be 18 by 21 June 2020 and June intake must be 18 by 16 August 2020.
Education & Experience
Completion of Australian Year 12 education (or equivalent) and passes in Year 10 English and Maths.
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.
Period of Service
Your period of service extends 12 months from your enlistment date. The start date will be advised by DFR, as intakes will be staggered over the calendar year.
You may apply for subsequent periods of service in the Regular or Reserve Force 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.
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.
Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADFGY program.
The security clearance is critical to an applicant’s successful progression through to Navy employment and training. It is strongly recommended that all applicants provide the required documents as early as possible in the recruiting process to avoid any delays in their training and employment.
Details regarding the security requirements for all Navy jobs can be found here.
ADF Gap Year Navy Sailor participants will complete the normal 11 week General Services Duty Recruit (GSDR) course at the Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, situated on Western Port Bay, Victoria about 70 kilometres south east of Melbourne.
For more details on recruit training, refer to the joining instructions. These instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before enlistment in the Navy, and give you an idea of what you will be doing on the recruit course.
On completion of GSDR course, participants will complete a three week Basic Seamanship Course at HMAS Cerberus.
Following completion of training at HMAS Cerberus, the Navy Sailor Gap Year period will include a tailored program that comprises the following four components:
- Shore Establishment Tour - 2 weeks
- Sea Training - 4 weeks
- Shore Employment in Establishments - up to 31 weeks
- Separation Activity - 1 week