About the Job

The Ammunition Supplier is a soldier responsible for ammunition supply and accounting within many units in the Australian Army. You'll be an ammunition supply specialist performing a range of duties including stores accounting, electronic ledger entry, operator maintenance, warehousing duties as well as receiving and issuing ammunition. As you progress through your career, you will have the opportunity to become an Ammunition Technician. As an Ammunition Technician, you will specialise in ammunition and explosives providing technical advice, technical support and management functions  both within and outside Defence. The Ammunition Technician can provide support to military and civil authorities through the identification and disposal of un-exploded ordnance (UXO) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED).

You'll be provided with plenty of travel opportunities both in Australia and overseas, as well as enjoying the job security of being a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps.

Your duties:

The duties listed below are those that could be expected to be performed in the first three years of service before promotion to Corporal. Note that not all duties are performed in each position.

  • Perform ammunition accounting and receipt and issue transactions
  • Perform ammunition handling including selecting, packaging and disposal of surplus or damaged stock 
  • Handle, store and distribute dangerous goods such as hazardous materials, ammunition and explosives
  • Assist in the calculation of unit ammunition requirements and management
  • Drive trucks up to medium rigid and operate forklifts
  • Undertake general soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles, sighting of ammunition, and navigation.
In-Service Information
Employment Category Number (ECN): 401
Employment Category: Combat Support

Key Information

Preparing for Your Recruitment Process

This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.

National Qualifications

Army is currently undertaking a review of civil accreditation gained through Army training.

Salary & Allowances

In the Army you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.

In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.

For more details download our Salary Scales.


Ammunition Suppliers are widely employed throughout Australia.



Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to complete the Initial Minimum Period of Service before reaching Compulsory Retirement Age (60).

Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics.

If you have not achieved the appropriate passes for this role, an education assessment can be conducted to determine your eligibility. Employment history and other qualifications will be considered. Speak to your ADF Careers Centre representative to discuss options.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness assessment before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of two years.

Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service.

You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding IMPS obligation.

Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Additional Requirements

All applicants must hold a current provisional/probationary drivers licence. If a candidate has a civilian licence that is under suspension or has been cancelled, they will not be eligible to enlist into this role until such time that the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.


The Job Opportunities Assessment (JOA) is completed as part of the application process to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Some jobs may also require you to complete a further evaluation at a later date.

The JOA is used by Defence to establish suitability for ADF entry, and then identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information about the JOA can be found in the Guide to the Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the Job Opportunities Assessment and how they will look on your screen some examples can be found in the Job Opportunities Assessment Example Questions.


To serve in the ADF you must be an Australian Citizen.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local ADF Careers Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.


Military Training

As a General Entry recruit, you’ll be required to complete the Recruit Course.

Army Recruit Course
Duration: Approximately 12 weeks.
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

During training, you will take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. You'll be challenged both mentally and physically.

Although it can be demanding, most recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved. The priority of our instructors is to help you succeed.

For more information, visit Soldier Training at Kapooka.

Employment Training

Ammunition Supplier Course
Location: Army School of Ordnance, Army Logistic Training Centre, Bandiana, VIC.
Duration: 54 Days, not including weekends (including on pavement forklift training).
Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.
Basic Driver Training Course
Location: Road Transport Wing, Army School of Transport, Army Logistic Training Centre, Puckapunyal, VIC.
Duration: 32 Days, not including weekends (Landrover and Unimog qualification).
Note: Course duration may vary depending on public holidays and other Army requirements.
Note: Applicants must hold an open or probationary (not learners) state/territory drivers licence to attend this course. 
Note: If the applicant is currently under a licence suspension or has their civilian licence cancelled, that applicant is not eligible to enlist within this employment category until that suspension or cancellation has expired.