About the Job

Paramedics (Combat Paramedics) in the Army Reserve belong to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC). The RAAMC, in conjunction with the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps (RAADC) and the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps (RAANC) provide health care to support and maintain the health and well-being of Army personnel. The Corps are made up of highly trained professionals who are often called upon to work, in a variety of operational and non-operational conditions, which are both challenging and rewarding.

The role of the RAAMC is to provide medically trained personnel for in clinical care, evacuation teams, medical facilities and hospitals. 

The duties of a CBT PARAMED are to provide independent pre-hospital emergency care, evacuation of casualties, resuscitation for the sick and wounded, and limited primary health care. They must be able to cope with conventional/unconventional injuries and illnesses in a variety of situations and environments, and they effectively form the first line of defence for emergency response and evacuation on the front line.

All combat units include a medical element of members of the RAAMC so that health care and emergency medical care is available to soldiers from the point of battle back through to medical treatment facilities as their condition demands.

The CBT PARAMED is employed in Army Reserve organisations completing the following tasks depending on skill grade and courses:

  • Provide emergency care as part of a team or as an independent health care provider
  • Participate in team resuscitation of a casualty
  • Provide health administrative support
  • Provide basic primary health care
  • Participate in basic stores accounting by maintaining medical equipment IAW Army's Technical Regulatory Framework
  • Operate the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature apparatus
  • Work effectively with others
  • Coordinate a scene in a pre-hospital care setting
  • Manage a casualty in a pre-hospital setting
  • Provide limited Environmental health support at platoon/company level during training activities
  • Conduct prohibited substance testing
  • Manage and treat basic sports injuries
In-Service Information
Employment Category Number (ECN): 169
Employment Category: Combat Support

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.


CBT PARAMEDs are employed in Health Support Battalions / General Health Battalions with positions available in the following locations:

QLD - Townsville, Brisbane; NSW - Sydney, Newcastle; ACT - Canberra; VIC - Melbourne; SA - Adelaide; WA - Perth; and TAS - Hobart.



Applicants must have reached 17 years of age on entry.

Applicants will not normally 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.

The Compulsory Retirement Age (CRA) for Reserve Service is 65 years. Candidates applying for Reserve Service must be under the age of 61 years, which is open for all employment categories. Candidates who wish to enlist into the Army Reserve beyond the age of 61 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.

Education & Experience

The minimum education and work requirements to apply for this job are as follows:

  • Current AHPRA registration as a Paramedic
  • Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.
  • Proof of a qualification of a minimum of a Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance) or equivalent/ higher paramedic qualification
  • Evidence of employment as a current practising state-based Paramedic including:
  • a letter from the member's employer outlining the applicants level of practice
  • a Licence/Certificate of Practice or equivalent if available
  • Combat Paramedic Checklist
  • Copy of current treatment protocols / guidelines authorised to use in accordance with current civilian employment.
Note: You will be required to present employment qualifications and proof of current registration during the recruitment process for recognition by the Army School of Health. Applicants from other employers/institutions such as mines or oil rigs will not be accepted.

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.


The Job Opportunities Assessment (JOA) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete a further evaluation at a later date.

The JOA is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about the JOA can be found in the Guide to the Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the Job Opportunities Assessment and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Job Opportunities Assessment Example Questions.


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

The Paramedic will attend the Combat Paramedic Module 1 course.

CBT PARAMED Module 1 Course.
Duration: 3 training days off-the-job conducted at unit/regional level.

The course comprises training to meet the Defence Health Services policies and procedures and will better prepare the applicant to work within the Defence environment.

CBT PARAMED Module 2 Course.
Duration: 16 days off-the-job conducted the Army School of Health. The course is undertaken alongside Combat Medical Attendants.

Reserve Unit Locations

  • Holsworthy Barracks
    Holsworthy NSW 2173
  • Lancer Barracks
    Parramatta NSW 2150
  • Gallipoli Barracks
    Enoggera QLD 4051
  • Lavarack Barracks
    Townsville QLD 4813
  • Derwent Barracks
    Glenorchy TAS 7010
  • NORFORCE , Broome Depot
    Cnr Tanami Drive and Mavis Rd Broome WA 6725
  • Southport Depot
    Southport QLD 4215
    Nguiu NT 0822