Eligibility requirements

Find out if you’re eligible to join the ADF.

Requirement check

The needs vary by role, but if you can meet all of the criteria below, you’ve met the basic requirements for the Navy, Army or Air Force.

I am an Australian citizen

You need to be an Australian citizen to serve in the ADF, although permanent resident non-Australian citizens may be eligible to join.

I am over 16.5 years old or 16 years for ADFA

These are the ages for application, but you need to be at least 17 when you enter the ADF. The minimum and maximum ages vary by role.

My background can be checked

To obtain the minimum-security clearance, you must have lived in Australia or have a checkable background for the past ten years.

I have passed Year 10 English and Maths

This is the minimum entry-level requirement.

I have the required licences for my role

For certain roles, you may need to hold a current licence to perform your duties, such as a trade, plant, machinery or manual driver's licence.

I am reasonably fit and healthy

Many ADF roles involve a reasonable level of fitness. You may need to pass a physical fitness test before you join, but don’t worry, we'll give you tips to help you prepare.


Find answers to the most frequently asked questions.

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