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Quick Eligibility Check
Our needs vary by role, but if you can tick all the following boxes you’ve met the basic requirements for the Navy, Army or Air Force.
These are application ages but you need to be at least 17 when you enter the ADF. Min. and max. ages vary by role.
To achieve the minimum security clearance you must have lived in Australia or have a checkable background for the past ten years.
For certain roles, you may need to a hold current licence to perform your duties, such as a trade, plant, machinery or manual driver's licence.
The ADF has a strict policy on tattoos and body piercing. Tattoos and/or brands are prohibited on the face of candidates wishing to enter the Navy, Army or Air Force. For Navy candidates, the face includes the scalp, ears and neck. For Army candidates, tattoos are prohibited on the face (which includes the scalp ears and neck) and the hands. Air Force candidates are prohibited from having or obtaining tattoos on the face excluding the scalp, ears and neck.
Additionally, female candidates are permitted to have tattooed eyebrow forms (excluding eyeliner) providing they follow the natural arch line of eyebrows and are of a natural colour that matches the colour of the hair. Females may have lip tattooing to enhance the outline of the lips providing it does not look unnatural i.e. is not outlined in black, is not a non-flesh colour and does not change the natural shape of the lips.
Apart from the face (and hands for Army candidates), tattoos and/or brands are permitted on other parts of the body, unless the tattoo or brand is considered offensive and undermines the dignity and authority of the Australian Defence Force. Further guidance on this policy can be received by contacting ADF Careers.
Candidates who have tattoos for religious reasons which are in those areas prohibited above, are advised that ADF Careers is required to seek approval from the appropriate single Service authority prior to applicant appointment or enlistment.
A typical application process includes two separate visits to a ADF Careers Centre. At the first session, you will identify which of the hundreds of ADF jobs you wish to apply for and are eligible for through an aptitude test and a discussion with a Defence Recruiter. You will also have a basic medical history review.
On the second visit, you will be required to have more comprehensive interviews with a doctor, psychologist and a senior member of the ADF (Defence Interviewer). If recommended to progress by the Defence Interviewer, Officer Entry candidates will also have to sit an Officer Selection Board, which is similar to a formal job interview.
For more information contact your nearest ADF Careers Centre.
Fitness requirements vary for each Service. Before you join the ADF, you will undergo a Pre-Entry Fitness Assessment (PFA). Check out the PFA requirements and training tips to help you meet them here.