About the Job

An Armored Vehicle Crew member (Light Cavalry Scout) is a Royal Australian Armoured Corps soldier who operates, as a member of a mounted troop and a dismounted patrol. An Armoured Vehicle Crew member's primary function is to operate as a Scout, in tactical and non-tactical situations. An Armoured Vehicle Crew member is required to participate in the conduct of reconnaissance, surveillance, offensive, defensive, security, and peace keeping and support operations, employing Specialist Equipment.

The Armoured Vehicle Crew Regiments / Units are Army Reserve units that can operate either in a mounted or dismounted role. The units are equipped with either the Light Cavalry Patrol Vehicle (LCPV) and the Interim Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IIMV) or the Bushmaster (PMV). An Armoured Vehicle Crew unit's manning and equipment enable it to conduct a variety of tasks including reconnaissance, surveillance, offensive, defensive, security, peace keeping and support operations.

In-Service Information

This role is known as Light Cavalry Scout within the Army.

Employment Category Number (ECN): 062

Employment Category: Combat

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

Most Reservists join the Australian Defence Force for the exciting work, the friendships and the lifestyle. But there are many other benefits too, including financial ones.

The pay you receive in the Army Reserve goes straight into your pocket with no deductions for tax, and it increases as you gain seniority and experience.

For more details download our Salary Scales.

Read our Conditions of Service.


The RAAC has a strength of about 250 officers and 1000 other ranks and is organised into Australian Regular Army (ARA) and Army Reserve (ARes) units.

ARes Units

  • 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse (PWLH). An Armoured Vehicle Crew Regiment located at Watsonia, Sale VIC, Albury NSW. Equipped with IIMV and LCPV
  • 1/15 Royal New South Wales Lancers (RNSWL). An Armoured Vehicle Crew Regiment located at Parramatta and Goulburn, NSW. Equipped with IIMV and LCPV
  • 12/16 Hunter River Lancers (HRL). An Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment located at Tamworth, Armidale and Muswellbrook, NSW as well as Caboolture, QLD. Equipped with IMV Bushmaster
  • 3/9 Light Horse, South Australian Mounted Rifles (SAMR). An Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron located at Elizabeth , SA. Equipped with IIMV and LCPV and
  • A Squadron 10 Light Horse Regiment (10 LH). A Reconnaissance Squadron located at Karrakatta, WA. Equipped with IIMV and LCPV.



Applicants must have reached 17 years of age on entry.
The Compulsory Retirement Age (CRA) for Reserve Service is 65 years. Enlistment up to and including the age of 60 years is open for all employment categories. Candidates who wish to enlist into the Army Reserve beyond the age of 60 years will need to be further assessed to ensure that they would be feasibly able to complete all obligatory pre-requisite training in their chosen area of employment prior to reaching CRA.
Candidates whose age exceeds the age guidelines may still be considered for appointment, providing they have special skills or training that is of value to the Army.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.

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

All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may undertake volunteer service until the age of 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age) subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further service. Members may transfer out of the active Army Reserve at any time.

Additional Requirements

In addition to being able to pass the Army swim test, applicants must be capable of passing the Armoured Corps swim test which involves duck diving twice through at least two underwater obstacles two metres apart at a depth of not less than 2.5 metres and not more than 3.5 metres measured from the bottom of the obstacle. Applicants are to swim 30 metres in fresh water, or 50 metres in salt water and without leaving the water, remain afloat out of depth for three minutes.

Applicants need to be able to withstand being confined in restricted spaces for extended periods of time.


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

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

Duration: 35 days continuous

Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the Reserve Recruit Training Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, drill, first aid, navigation 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.

Note: You must be aware that you must commence recruit training within 6 months of enlistment.

Employment Training

Light Cavalry Scout Course Module 1: 17 days

Light Cavalry Scout Course Module 2: 16 days

The Light Cavalry Scout courses (Crewman Grade One and Two) consist of a Weapons and Communications phase followed by Dismounted training.

After a period of service as a Armoured Vehicle Crew member in a Cavalry Regiment you will be eligible to be trained as a Patrol Commander and LCPV or IIMV driver.

Reserve Unit Locations

  • HMAS Harman
    Canberra ACT 2600
  • Gaza Depot
    Armidale NSW 2350
  • Holsworthy Barracks
    Holsworthy NSW 2173
  • Lancer Barracks
    Parramatta NSW 2150
  • Muswellbrook Depot
    Muswellbrook NSW 2333
  • Tamworth Depot
    Tamworth NSW 2340
  • Caboolture Depot
    Caboolture QLD 4510
  • Elizabeth North Training Depot
    Smithfield SA 5114
  • RAAF Base East Sale
    Sale VIC 3850
  • Simpson Barracks
    Watsonia VIC 3087