About the Job

Recovery Mechanic (Mechanic Recovery) serves in the Corps of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). They are responsible for the salvage, recovery and towing of the Army's vehicles and equipment when they become bogged, broken down, damaged or disabled. The Recovery Mechanic operates a variety of specialist trucks and armoured (tracked and wheeled) recovery vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with winches, towing equipment and cranes.

In-Service Information

This role is known as Mechanic Recovery within the Army.

Employment Category Number (ECN): 226

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.


National Qualifications

Aspects of your training may result in the award of civil qualifications - something you can check with your Instructional Staff when you conduct your Initial Employment Training.

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.


Postings range from large Combat Service Support Battalions (CSSB) located in most capital cities to small technical support platoons and squadrons located throughout Australia.



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. 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.

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

All applicants must hold a current provisional/probationary drivers licence. If a candidate has a civilian licence that is under suspension or has been cancelled, they will not be eligible to enlist into this role until such time that the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.


Online Aptitude Testing (OAT) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

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

Further information about OAT can be found in the Guide to Online Aptitude Testing for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in an Online Aptitude Test and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Online Aptitude Testing 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.


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

After completion of your basic training you will attend the RAEME Induction Course in your unit prior to undertaking a Military Vehicle drivers course, which will qualify you to operate light and medium trucks. After gaining the required amount of experience operating these vehicles, you will attend a course to qualify you in driving a heavy truck.

On completion of your driving courses you will attend the Basic Mechanic Recovery Course which consists of two, two-week residential modules at ALTC. These modules are conducted in conjunction with 12 months On the Job Training (OJT) in your Unit, prior to each module. This is followed by 76 weeks On-The-Job-Experience (OJE) within your unit. On completion of all training you will be qualified in the operation of the Army's Medium and Heavy Recovery Vehicles.

You may also be required to attend additional courses in the operation of Armoured Recovery Vehicles, the 20 tonne mobile crane and all terrain forklifts.

Note: If you are currently under a licence suspension or your civilian licence has been cancelled, you are not eligible to undertake driver training until that suspension or cancellation has expired.

Reserve Unit Locations

  • Coffs Harbour Depot
    Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
  • Timor Barracks
    Dundas NSW 2117
  • Elizabeth North Training Depot
    Smithfield SA 5114
  • Warradale Barracks
    Warradale SA 5046
  • Beersheba Barracks
    Wangaratta VIC 3677
  • Maygar Barracks
    Broadmeadows VIC 3047
  • Ranger Barracks
    Ballarat VIC 3350
  • Bullecourt Barracks
    Adamstown NSW 2289
  • Suakin Depot
    Pymble NSW 2073
  • Derwent Barracks
    Glenorchy TAS 7010
  • Kakoda Barracks
    Devonport TAS 7310
  • Simpson Barracks
    Watsonia VIC 3087