Graduate Entry

Join the ADF fully degree qualified and you'll hit the ground running, with a fast-track into a leadership role plus opportunities for further study.

Degrees that will give you more

Whether you are a recent graduate considering your next move, or you are in the middle of your career, you'll be able to make more of your degree as an officer in the ADF. Rewarding and varied work awaits you in fields such as:

  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Health
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Medical Science
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology

Never stop learning

Your ADF career begins with world-class management and leadership training, preparing you to take command of Navy, Army or Air Force personnel. Then throughout your career, you'll be given opportunities for further study, specialisation and diversification, with the costs covered by the ADF.

Career and academic development

The options available to you include:

  • Promotion courses
    preparing you for higher rank
  • Postgraduate university studies
    with HELP fees paid
  • Assisted study schemes
    supporting external education (Defence Assisted Study Scheme)
  • Fully-funded study
    interstate and overseas
  • Command, management and leadership training
    (Australian Command and Staff Course)
  • Advanced leadership and strategic decision-making training
    (Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies)
  • External training
    in key fields such as professional, scientific, technical and selected trades (Civil Schooling Scheme)
  • Graduate medical course sponsorship
    for those with appropriate degree qualifications wishing to embark on a medical career (Graduate Medical Program)

Leadership and management development

Officer training will equip you with advanced leadership and management skills, as well as military knowledge. It will equip you for diverse and challenging roles both within your chosen service and throughout your career.


Name: Royal Australian Naval College
Location: HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay, NSW
Duration: 19 weeks



Name: Royal Military College
Location: Duntroon, ACT
Duration: 9 weeks



Name: Officers' Training School
Location: RAAF Base East Sale, Gippsland, VIC
Duration: 17 weeks