In return for being paid to complete your degree course and having the rest of your fees covered, you will be expected to serve in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

How DUS works

Once you have been approved for sponsorship and joined your chosen service, most of your time will still be devoted to study. However in return for investing in your education the ADF will typically require you to:

  • Complete one to four weeks of training each year during university holidays, and
  • Once you've graduated commit to full-time service for the number of years of university sponsorship plus one year (with a minimum of three years' service).
Examples (following graduation):
  • If you are sponsored for just one year of study you must serve full-time for three years
  • If you are sponsored for three years you must serve an additional four years

For health specialities your service commitment begins once you have satisfied your registration and clinical experience consolidation requirements. If you have been sponsored through the Army Graduate Medical Program, you will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service of the period of sponsorship (x2) plus an additional 365 days, or until the expiry of your Return of Service Obligation, whichever is greater.

Gaining military experience

In the Navy and Air Force, specialisation work experience during semester breaks is highly encouraged (unless you are undertaking course attachments, are involved in scheduled study activities, or are on approved annual or additional training leave).

The Army requires medical, nursing, dental and engineering students to attend compulsory elective work placements during breaks. Air Force one-week familiarisation is conducted within the first year of the sponsored study period.

For all services, opportunities are offered throughout the academic year for students to learn more about their future career through motivational placements and courses.

Becoming an Officer

Officer training takes place on completion of your degree to help you develop your leadership and military skills. It comprises:

One block of 22 weeks at HMAS Creswell, NSW

One block of 26 days and one block of 16 days at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, ACT

Air Force

One block of 17 weeks at RAAF Base East Sale, VIC