Your Commitment


In the Air Force you'll enjoy stimulating work, job security, training and development, a good salary package and a range of benefits. Here's what we expect in return.

Serve for a minimum period

In return for the world-class training you receive in the Air Force, you will be expected to serve for what's called an Initial Minimum Period of Service or IMPS. The exact IMPS varies by job, but as a broad guide:

General Entry Airman/Airwoman: One to six years.

Direct Entry Officer: Two to three years except for:

  • Pilot (males 11.5 years, females six years)
  • Air Combat Officer (eight years)
  • Air Traffic Controller/Joint Battlefield Airspace Controller (seven years)
  • Ground Defence Officer (six years)
  • Intelligence Officer (six years)

Defence University Sponsorship Officer: Generally the length of your sponsorship plus one year, however can vary according to a number of factors. Speak to a Defence Force Recruiting Careers Coach.

ADFA Officer: The length of your degree plus one year, usually between seven and fifteen years.

Air Force Reserves: No IMPS for Reserve.


Your Careers Coach can advise you of what IMPS applies to your chosen occupation.


What if you decide during your initial training that an Air Force career is not for you?

General Entry Airman/Airwoman: You have a grace period in which you can resign, which concludes on becoming eligible to graduate from your Initial Employment Training.

Direct Entry Officer: You have a grace period in which you can resign, which concludes on becoming eligible to graduate from your Initial Employment Training.

Defence University Sponsorship Officer: Varies according to a number of factors. Speak to your Careers Coach.

ADFA Officer: You have a two year grace period from your date of appointment, in which you can resign.


Should you be offered a job your letter of offer will clearly state the IMPS and conditions in which you may apply for termination of your service.


Help defend Australia and its interests

The Air Force is a world-class military force operating some of the most advanced aircraft and defence technology in use anywhere today. In cooperation with the Navy and Army, the Air Force is tasked with the defence of our nation, our people, our values and our way of life. You could be called upon to deploy on operations, support a peacekeeping mission, help communities devastated by natural disasters or engage in search and rescue operations.


Have the flexibility to move and travel

The Air Force offers the opportunity to travel Australia and work in different locations. As a result, you can expect to experience a number of moves throughout your career, based on service needs and deployment opportunities. While this can be disruptive to family life, the Air Force will support you and your family throughout transitions.


Engage in world-class training

There's no end to what you can learn in the Air Force. In addition to gaining military skills, you’ll be expected to acquire and maintain trade skills and professional qualifications that will help you excel in your job. Many of the roles on offer can be compared with civilian careers and the training can often lead to nationally-recognised accreditation.


Provide unrestricted service

You may be called upon to work long and irregular hours during periods of specific service. You may be called upon to work long and irregular hours when necessary, which are not eligible for penalty rates or overtime. Your salary compensates for the unique factors of Service life.