ADF Gap Year

What is an ADF Gap Year?

If you're 17-24 years old and interested in experiencing the Navy, Army or Air Force without making a long-term commitment, an ADF Gap Year is a great option.

It’s a truly unique opportunity to grow, train, travel, get paid, get a feel for a career in the ADF, and gain skills for life.

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Gap Year Benefits

During an ADF Gap Year, you’ll grow and develop in a dynamic, supportive and people-focused environment.

Experience adventure with everything paid for

Gain work experience and valuable skills

Stay fit with a varied, active and healthy lifestyle

Enjoy a good salary package

Make friends with like-minded people

Potential to travel Australia

Free medical and dental.

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What an ADF Gap Year is like

In your 12 months you will:

  • start with Initial Military Training (IMT) where you learn the fundamentals
  • complete training courses in your chosen role
  • take part in a variety of domestic exercises and operations
  • gain valuable work and life experience
  • make friends to last a lifetime
  • make a decision on your future in the ADF.

Applying for Gap Year

Check out some of the Gap Year roles available

Electronics Engineer (ADF Gap Year)
Electronics Engineer (ADF Gap Year)

Experience life and work in the Navy as an officer for just one year, shadowing personnel who maintain electronics and combat systems.

Ways to enter role

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Warehouse Storeperson (ADF Gap Year)
Warehouse Storeperson (ADF Gap Year)

Manage the procurement, storage and distribution of equipment, supplies and spares in this busy logistics role, while enjoying a 12-month taste of life in the Air Force.

Ways to enter role

ADF Gap Year

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