Ways to Join




Join the way you want to

There are several ways to join the Air Force and some jobs can have more than one entry method. You can explore your options here:


GAP YEAR

A 12-month taste of the Air Force

  • A variety of roles to choose from with no obligation beyond the program
  • A great opportunity to find out what life's like in the Air Force
  • Offers a fulfilling year of paid work, adventure, experiences, mateship, learning and travel

GENERAL ENTRY

Join with Year 10 passes

  • Hands-on and team orientated jobs, which can be trade related
  • No work experience necessary
  • Fully-paid training, which may lead to nationally-recognised qualifications
  • Qualified trade roles are also available

OFFICER ENTRY

Join with Year 12 passes

  • Management focused jobs, requiring team leadership and decision making
  • Some roles require a relevant qualification
  • Degree courses can be fully or partly-funded by the Air Force

RESERVE ENTRY

A part-time job in the Air Force

  • Choice of General Entry and Officer Entry roles
  • Education requirements vary by role
  • Trade or professional qualifications usually required
  • Flexible commitment to match your location and circumstances

Find more information at Air Force Entry Methods and Gap Year.


Alternative entry pathways and programs

If you show potential but do not yet meet our entry standards, you may be offered one of the alternative entry pathways below. We also offer programs for those with specific timing or location needs. But first, you’ll need to apply through the standard recruitment process.


YEAR 10 or 12 BRIDGING COURSE

If you don’t yet meet the Air Force education standards

If you want to join the Air Force but have not been able to get the qualifications required for General or Officer Entry (including entry with a degree), this option may suit you. Suitable candidates can be assisted in gaining Year 12 equivalent qualifications by engaging in:

  • a TAFE course that prepares you for entry into a technical trade as an Airman/Airwoman, or
  • a University Preparation Program to help you gain entry to a degree course, including one at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

If selected for this program during the application process, you will be mentored by a member of the Air Force as you study at TAFE or university. It can be combined with the Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program, if you feel you would benefit from confidence and resilience development and/or improved fitness.

Where it will take you

You'll gain the knowledge and qualifications to embark on a rewarding career in the Air Force.

INDIGENOUS PRE-RECRUIT PROGRAM (IPRP)

If you're selected but need to develop skills/fitness

IPRP is for you if you’ve been selected to join the Air Force and would benefit from developing your confidence, resilience and fitness before starting recruit training for your full-time or Reserve role.

  • Six-week residential course held on a rotational basis at:
    • HMAS Cerberus, VIC,
    • Kapooka, NSW, or
    • RAAF Wagga, NSW.
  • Open to all General Entry roles
  • Talk with your Career Coach about entry requirements

What you'll learn

Your training will include:

  • Classroom-based instruction
  • Physical fitness development
  • Teambuilding activities
  • Military site visits

Where it will take you

You'll leave the course with the skills, knowledge and confidence for success at recruit training and in your role in the Air Force.

RECRUIT WHEN READY PATHWAY

If you want to join as soon as possible

This pathway may be offered to you if you've shown us you have what it takes and you are keen to start work as quickly as possible.

  • Aims to let you start at a time that suits your personal circumstances
  • Open to all General Entry and Officer roles
  • Can be combined with the Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program

RECRUIT TO AREA PATHWAY

If you want to be posted near your family or home

This pathway may be offered to you if serving near a specific location is important to you, for reasons such as family commitments.

  • First posting can be near your home or another desired place
  • Available for first posting after completion of training
  • Open to all General Entry and Officer roles
  • Can be combined with the Indigenous Pre-Recruit Program (noting that the program itself takes place in designated locations throughout the year)
  • Air Force pathways offer flexible study locations

RETURN TO COUNTRY/COMMUNITY PROGRAM

If you want to contribute to community development

Through this program you can Return to Community for a period of time for significant cultural reasons, and to use the skills and experience you have gained in the Air Force to mentor your peers and contribute to community development.


See what’s on offer

Select a category that appeals to you to learn more about the Air Force jobs available.



Like some help and guidance?

Indigenous Career Coaches are available to assist you throughout the application process, just ask.



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