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 Air Force as an Officer.

How DUS works

Once you have been approved for sponsorship and joined the Air Force, 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 for four years

For health specialities your service commitment begins once you have satisfied your registration and clinical experience consolidation requirements.

Gaining military experience

Specialisation work experience during semester breaks is highly encouraged (unless that is, you are undertaking course attachments, are involved in scheduled study activities, or are on approved annual or additional training leave).

Opportunities will be offered throughout the academic year for you to learn more about your future career in the Air Force through motivational placements and courses.


Becoming an Air Force Officer

Officer training takes place on completion of your degree to help you develop your leadership and military skills. It comprises one block of 17 weeks at Air Force Base East Sale, VIC.