Behaviour & Appearance


Air Force personnel are looked upon to represent the community and the values of the Service, exhibiting high standards of behaviour and appearance.

Orders and discipline

The Air Force prides itself on discipline and teamwork, and once you join you are legally bound to follow all lawful commands. This means you may be required to live, work and if necessary, engage in combat, anywhere in Australia or overseas at short notice.

You'll work in a team-oriented environment requiring high levels of mutual trust and cooperation, and adherence to commands is critical.


Respect for your colleagues

The Air Force is committed to providing an environment free from harassment and discrimination, and one where diversity is respected.


Standards of appearance

Being well groomed and wearing your uniform with pride is all part of maintaining the noble and longstanding traditions of the Air Force. It also promotes an important sense of trust and confidence amongst the Australian community.

Air Force dress and grooming regulations reflect, in a general manner, current professional standards. Specific rules for dress may be applied for certain roles or in special areas to allow for operational, hygiene and safety requirements.  For example, the wearing of make-up; the length and grooming of hair and facial hair when in uniform is regulated.  You should consult your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre staff for more detailed advice.


Tattoos and body piercings

The Air Force has policies regarding personal appearance. The acceptability of tattoos and body piercings will be assessed on a case by case basis by Defence Force Recruiting.

If you are considering getting either please contact us for guidance as this may affect your application. Find out more about our tattoo and piercings policy in the FAQs section of these web pages.


Illegal drugs and alcohol

The use of illegal drugs is strictly forbidden in the Air Force and will attract disciplinary and administrative action, which may include dismissal. Likewise, the Air Force has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment and is committed to minimising alcohol related harm.