About the Job

Are you a recent Year 12 graduate (or about to be) who wants to develop your skills before pursuing study, or take the time to think about your career direction? Or have you been thinking about a job in the Air Force but aren’t sure it’s right for you? Maybe you just want a break from your studies or current job to travel and challenge yourself?

The Air Force Gap Year program provides young Australians who meet general entry requirements an opportunity to broaden their life experience with only a one year commitment. The program offers a 'try before you buy' experience of Air Force training and lifestyle for young men and women, without any obligation to serve beyond the program period.

As a Warehouse Storeperson, you will play a vital role in maintaining Air Force capability and preparedness on base and on deployment. You will undertake a range of duties, including, but not limited to, processing base requests for general stores and aircraft spares, electronic purchasing and maintenance of funds control ledgers, operating forklifts, dispatch and transportation of material, and inventory control. 

In this rewarding and varied role, you will work in a supportive team environment and receive practical training that will prepare you for all aspects of warehouse management and logistics. Better still, you will develop a range of skills such as attention to detail, effective communication and teamwork that will benefit you for life. 

You will be supported throughout your training by professional and enthusiastic Air Force personnel who will provide the guidance necessary for you to achieve your goals. This will begin at the No. 1 Recruit Training Unit at RAAF Base Wagga, where you’ll be enlisted in the Warehouse Storeperson mustering as a trainee. Upon successful completion of recruit training you will be regraded to Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman and will undertake job-specific training at the RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training, also at RAAF Base Wagga, followed by Warehouse Storeperson duties at an air base to consolidate your training.

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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.

Salary & Allowances

In the Air Force 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.


You may be posted to any Air Force Defence Establishment. This includes the major Air Force operational air bases including RAAF Base Amberley or Townsville in QLD, RAAF Base Darwin or Tindal in NT, RAAF Base Williamtown or Richmond in NSW, or RAAF Base Edinburgh in SA.



You can start your application at sixteen years. However, you must be seventeen years on the day you join. It is also preferred that you are due to turn eighteen by the time you complete Initial Military Training. Preference for Gap Year opportunities will be given to candidates under 25 years of age.

Education & Experience

You must have completed Year 12 level of secondary education (or equivalent). Additionally, you must have Year 10 passes in English and Maths. 

Current or former serving military personnel (ADF or foreign service) are not eligible for Gap Year.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted, 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 pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. 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

Your Gap Year experience will commence on enlistment at the start of the year and will conclude 12 months later. Subsequent periods of service in the Regular or Reserve Force may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may request discharge at any time by providing 21 days’ notice.

Additional Requirements

Special Requirements
Licence Requirements:

At a minimum, candidates must hold a valid Australian State or Territory provisional/probationary C Class Drivers Licence upon enlistment/appointment. Candidates with suspended or cancelled licences will not be eligible to join until the suspension or cancellation has been lifted or has expired.

Entry Requirements

Current or former serving military personnel (ADF or foreign service) are not eligible for Gap Year.


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 additional testing 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 Job Opportunities Assessment for the ADF.

To get a feel for the types of questions that are used in the JOA 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 a security clearance appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and if required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) 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 (NV1), and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years.

This means applicants must provide credible referees (non-family members) who are able to provide information about the applicant covering an extended period of time. Required information for an NV1 includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Financial information
  • Travel

Some ADF jobs may require a higher level of security clearance such as Negative Vetting Level 2 (NV2) or Positive Vetting (PV). Your individual circumstances will determine the number and complexity of the questions and the supporting documents required for these levels.

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

The security clearance is critical to an applicant's successful progression through the recruiting process. It is strongly recommended that all applicants action the Security Clearance Package (ePack) and provide the required documentation without delay to provide the best opportunity to commence training and be employed in their preferred employment category.

For more detailed information on the security vetting process and specific clearance level requirements set by AGSVA, please refer to the AGSVA website.

Support will be provided by your ADF Career Centre during the initial application process.


Military Training

Location: RAAF Base Wagga, NSW
Duration: 9 weeks

During this training you will transition from civilian to Service life, acquiring the basic knowledge, skills and physical fitness required for your role; and learning to become an effective and productive member of the Air Force.

Follow the link to learn more about what to expect at the No.1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU).

Employment Training

Upon successful completion of recruit training, you will commence Initial Employment Training (IET) at RAAF School of Administration and Logistics Training at RAAF Base Wagga, NSW.

This training is approximately 11 weeks and you will learn how to perform tasks such as inventory management, logistics governance and assurance, procurement duties, and basic finance and budgeting. Once you have completed this training, you will understand the Warehouse Storeperson role in support of Australian Defence Force logistic organisation, inventory management, procurement, corporate governance, and logistics system support.

Further Training

Upon successful completion of IET, you will undertake Warehouse Storeperson duties for approximately seven months at any major operational air base to consolidate your training.