A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is not only a chance to experience what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force could be like, but also to have a year full of adventure, new friends, new skills, leadership, and travel. An ADF Gap Year is a truly unique opportunity for you to grow and figure out what next step you’ll take in life.
A Gap Year unlike any other
Earn a good salary plus generous superannuation
Learn practical and leadership skills
Enjoy a healthy and varied lifestyle
Get fit and choose from numerous sports
Meet new people and make great friends
Benefit from free medical and dental
Apply now for 2019
Not ready for Gap Year 2019? Register your interest for 2020.
Looking for a gap year that gives you more?
There's a lot that makes an ADF Gap Year so fulfilling. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for military life while enjoying unique experiences.
Army Warehouse Assistant
Hear about how essential Chelcie’s role is to the Army, even as a Gap Year Recruit.
Air Force Airbase Protection & Security
Hear about how Blaine has grown and developed so far in her Air Force Gap Year.
Air Force Administration Assistant
Hear about how Hayden decided that a career in the Air Force was for him after doing a Gap Year.
Air Force Aviation Support Technician
Hear about how Jess finds working with her team and aircraft on her Air Force Gap Year.
Air Force Warehouse Storeperson
Hear about Brad’s experience coming straight from school into an Air Force Gap Year.
Air Force Airbase Protection
Watch Gap Year trainees as they enter their specialist training in Airbase Protection to learn to defend the facilities that protect our country.
Hear about Air Force Gap Year roles
Air Force Gap Year members share their experiences.
Army driver specialist training
Gap Year trainees learn how to operate technically advanced military vehicles.
Navy Recruit and Seamanship School
Recruits undertake initial training, learning the skills required to become sailors in the Navy.
Army Recruit Training at Kapooka
Recruits undertake initial recruit training, learning the skills required to become Army soldiers.
Navy Gap Year - Sea Familiarisation Phase
During a Navy Gap Year, you'll spend two months on board HMAS Adelaide where you'll gain valuable life experiences.
Army Enoggera Barracks
Meet the Gap Year members at work and at play, and hear how they make the most of their time in the Army.
Army march out parade
Watch recruits in their March Out Parade where they proudly become Australian Soldiers.