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HOW TO BECOME AN

AIRMAN OR AIRWOMAN
IN FOUR EASY STEPS. 1
There are around 30 different general and qualified entry jobs
in the Air Force. Once you have decided which ones interest
you, spend the rest of your time browsing through this guide
to see if life in the Air Force suits you.

STEP ONE. DECIDE WHAT JOB YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO.


STEP TWO. SEE IF LIFE IN THE AIR FORCE IS FOR YOU. P13
STEP THREE. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU APPLY? P23
STEP FOUR. WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? P25

STEP ONE.
DECIDE WHAT JOB YOU
1
WOULD LIKE TO DO. 2
“YOU CAN BE DOING ANYTHING FROM PROCUREMENTS,
TO STOCK CONTROL, AIR MOVEMENTS OR IN A SQUADRON
GETTING SPARES FOR AIRCRAFT.”

THE AIR FORCE So read through our descriptions of the jobs


GENERAL ENTRY (GE) (GE Trade)
If you have successfully completed Year 10 and
QUALIFIED ENTRY (QE)
Qualified Entry requires you to have specific
AIR FORCE RESERVE (AR)
Air Force Reservists are the part-time component A specialist group within the Air Force

TRAINS MORE THAN available, and see if life as an airman or airwoman


in the Air Force interests you. You’ll find that each
meet other Air Force requirements, you are eligible
to become a General Entry airman or airwoman.
trade qualifications. You’ll need to provide
proof of your trade qualification and meet our
of the Air Force. The Air Force Reserve allows
you to get involved in a strong team atmosphere;
Reserve is the Ground Defence Reserve Group
(GRDefRG). This group contains Reserve

JUST PILOTS. job has abbreviations following its description,


relating to the particular method of entry. They
However, as certain jobs require particular
education and medical standards, it is essential
eligibility requirements. Again, we’ll get you
to undertake a short period of recruit training
work with high-tech equipment; build upon your
existing personal and professional skills, as well as
Ground Defence Officers and Airfield Defence
Guards who form a highly skilled, close-knit
are General Entry (GE), General Entry Trade (GE you talk to a Careers Coach first. You may choose prior to the commencement of your have fun and improve your fitness while you do it. team capable of defending the Air Force’s
Despite what you may think, the Air Force isn’t
Trade) and Qualified Entry (QE). Obviously the to begin an Air Force trade traineeship. They Air Force job. The Air Force Reserve trains and works right bases, aircraft, installations and personnel.
just about aircraft. It requires a huge number
choice of entry is dependent upon a number of provide the best trade qualifications possible and alongside the permanent Air Force and in most Primarily the personnel in this group specialise
of skilled personnel such as Medics, Air Force
factors such as your education, qualifications and they are highly recognised and valued in cases, your job will mirror that of the permanent in ground defence and the instruction of ground
Security, Aircraft Technicians, Suppliers, Air
other Air Force requirements. There also exists civilian industries. Air Force. defence related skills. Due to the requirement
Intelligence Analysts and Mechanics to keep it
the opportunity to work part-time as an Air Force After all, where else could you be working on a There is normally a work arrangement to fit with for GRDefRG members to be able to deploy at
on the move. That’s where you come in. If you’re
reservist. Not only will you enjoy the benefits multi-million dollar aircraft from the moment you your life and because it’s locally based, you can a short notice, you’ll undergo 11 months of full-
already trade qualified or have completed Year 10,
enjoyed by those serving full-time, but you’ll complete your training? You’ll undertake a period experience Air Force life without working far time training and then be required to undertake
then the Air Force opens up an enormous number
further your chosen career while enjoying a tax- of recruit training followed by initial employment from home. a minimum period of days a year part-time
of career options for you, many of which you
free salary. So take some time to study the various training and will then be ready to begin work in Entry into the Air Force Reserve is dependent service with tax-free pay. To be part of the
probably never knew existed.
entry options to see which is appropriate to you. your chosen field. upon vacancies at the time, but includes jobs such GRDefRG, you’ll need to live within a three hour
as administration, logistics and some technical drive of an Air Force Base that has a Reserve
based jobs. Selection standards are the same as ADG Rifle Flight. At present there are no
those joining the permanent Air Force. Reserve Rifle Flights in the Northern Territory.

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“THE FACILITIES ARE GREAT,
VERY MODERN, THERE’S
NOTHING WE GO WITHOUT.”

BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION LOGISTICS, HOSPITALITY AND SUPPORT AIRCREW HEALTH AND SCIENCE
HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT WAREHOUSE STOREPERSON COOK GROUND CREW CABIN CREW (ATTENDANT) AIRBORNE ELECTRONICS ANALYST LOADMASTER DENTAL ASSISTANT
The Air Force may operate highly advanced As a Warehouse Storeperson in the Air Force you The Air Force is a great place to learn your trade A Ground Crew career will see you responsible As a Cabin Crew (Attendant) you’ll be responsible As an Airborne Electronics Analyst (AEA), you’ll Getting equipment, supplies, fuel, vehicles and A Dental Assistant in the Air Force is very
aircraft, but it’s the quality of our people that have the opportunity to work in a variety of jobs as a Cook. You’ll be involved in all aspects of for providing airfield services to support Air Force for the loading and unloading of passengers, keep Australian waters safe by detecting and people to the right place when it’s needed is similar to one outside of the Defence Force.
gives us the edge. In this important clerical role that will rotate as your career progresses. You could food production including preparation, cookery, activities, operations and exercises. You’ll be crew and cargo on Air Force VIP jets. Apart from analysing contacts both above and below the critical to Australian Defence Force operations. You’ll be responsible for chair-side assistance
you’ll work in exciting and varied environments be in charge of processing base demands for general presentation, and serving of the finished product. involved with a wide range of duties that includes providing in-flight food and beverages, you’ll also water as you skim across the ocean in a AP-3C In this exciting and demanding job you’ll be to the Dental Officer in addition to patient
supporting personnel throughout the Air Force. stores and all types of aircraft spares. Whereas in a What’s more, you’ll also get to apply your skills to both air Ground Crew and road Ground Crew. be trained in fire fighting, combat survival and Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft. On board, you’ll responsible for the receipt, loading, weight management. You’ll assist in the treatment
You could be employed in human resources, purchasing role you are involved in electronic in-flight kitchens, field cookery and instructional Air Ground Crew involves the loading, unloading safety procedures. You could even find yourself be working with some of the most sophisticated distribution, monitoring and safe delivery of these of patients, sterilising instruments, preparation
workforce structure planning (which ensures purchasing, raising purchase orders, processing posts. (GE/QE), (AR). and refuelling of aircraft; air terminal operations looking after Australian and foreign heads of state, electronics surveillance equipment in the world essential assets by runway (airland) and parachute of dental materials, and the processing and
optimum capability for each operation), financial claims or maintaining funds control ledgers, which involves the movement of passengers and Royalty and guests of the Australian government, to ensure the success of your mission and the (airdrop); and you’ll also manage and coordinate mounting of dental radiographs. Administrative
management, communications, or operations supply databases and accounts. (QE), (AR). TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll head to cargo on Air Force or visiting aircraft; and the and troops on deployment. (GE). safety of the crew. (GE). air to air refuelling. In the air and on the ground tasks include scheduling appointments,
liaison. (GE), (AR). operation of a wide range of vehicles to support your leadership and decision-making skills will be maintaining clinical dental records and
the ADF School of Catering at HMAS Cerberus
TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo a south of Melbourne, for the ADF Initial Cooks
these activities. Road Ground Crew involve TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo tested daily; and you’ll need the mental agility to procuring and accounting for dental equipment
TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo Warehouse Storeperson Initial Employment Training Course. You’ll learn both the theory and
activities such as vehicle despatch, vehicle fleet a Combat Survival Course. You will also complete a Combat Survival Course. You will also complete calculate payload configurations in challenging and stores. (GE).

a Basic Human Resources Assistant Course where management and vehicle accident management. the Aviation Medicine Initial Course to learn about the Aviation Medicine Initial Course to learn about environments, when every second counts.
Course to teach you maintenance of inventory records; practice of all aspects of kitchen activities,
you’ll learn about personnel service entitlements, identification and cataloguing of equipment; storage, including safety and hygiene, food preparation
(GE), (AR). human physiology in the aviation environment. human physiology in the aviation environment. TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo
orders, publications, correspondence and files, receipt, despatch and packaging of goods; computerised and cooking, decoration and presentation, You’ll then take part in an Airman Aircrew Initial Following that, you’ll do your AEA Specialist Course TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll undertake a Dental Assistant Course to teach you about

the forms of service correspondence writing, and stock control; procurement competencies; and the
TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo Course to be taught a variety of aviation principles before joining an operational squadron. Your first a series of aviation-related courses and will learn biological sciences, operation procedures,
knife handling, and field kitchen set-up. On
a Ground Crew Initial Employment Training such as air traffic control, meteorology and first rank for this job after training is Sergeant. the skills required for survival, evasion, resist and laboratory procedures, occupational health,
general service matters in addition to receiving an role of supply within the Air Force. successful completion of this 19-week course
Course which is conducted in two phases. Phase aid. The Cabin Crew Basic Course teaches students escape. Training specific to the Loadmaster role and dental administration. You then complete
introduction to computer database management. you will be awarded a Certificate III in Hospitality
one requires you to gain various vehicle driving wine education, grooming and deportment, crew follows, and includes the receipt and packing of a dental log book to attain civil registration.
(Commercial Cookery).
licences including four-wheel drive, truck, bus and attendant duties, meal service and basic food goods, load preparation, weight distribution, load
forklift training. Phase two trains you in the basic handling. The Advanced Course teaches aircraft securing, vehicle marshalling and customs; along
air Ground Crew functionality including dangerous safety equipment, emergency procedures, pre-, with ground and air-based aircraft training.
goods and explosive ordnance handling. in- and post-flight checks and procedures, and
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“THERE’S A HUGE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT
JOBS YOU CAN BE INVOLVED IN.”

TRADES AND TRAINEESHIPS


MEDIC AIRCRAFT SAFETY EQUIPMENT MAINTAINER AIRCRAFT SPRAY PAINTER AIRCRAFT FABRICATOR AIRCRAFT ARMAMENT TECHNICIAN AVIONICS TECHNICIAN CARPENTER ELECTRICIAN
If you have an interest in a medical career, The safety and survival of aircrew colleagues is of If spray painting cars is what you enjoy most, How would you like a career stripping down Aircraft Armament Technicians play a critical As an Avionics Technician you’ll be looking after Carpenters provide the Air Force with the As an Electrician, you’ll be part of the
a job as a Medic might just be what you’re looking paramount importance to an Aircraft Safety Equipment what about trying your hand at spray painting a fighter jets? As an Aircraft Fabricator, that’s just role in Australia’s defence. You’ll be responsible a wide range of systems on board fighter, strike, construction capability required to enable the Airfield Engineering Organisation. You will
for. You’ll be employed in Air Force hospitals and Maintainer. You’ll be responsible for providing fighter jet? As an Aircraft Spray Painter, you’ll what you’ll be doing – duties include inspection, for installing and maintaining aircraft components maritime, and transport aircraft. You’ll be involved Air Force to remain operational. You’ll design, install, maintain and repair power and lighting
Unit Health facilities to assist with nursing care to serviceable aircraft mounted and aircrew mounted be responsible for the application of protective maintenance, servicing, repair and fault diagnosis, associated with sophisticated weaponry including in the inspection, maintenance and servicing of construct, maintain and repair buildings and systems and other electrical plant and equipment
members of the Australian Defence Force. You aircraft safety equipment and safety and survival paint coatings to Air Force aircraft. Duties will manufacture, assembly, removal and installation gun systems, bombs and a range of missiles on electronic components and systems and, where temporary structures. Construction tasks in industrial and domestic installations, including
may also find yourself assisting in aeromedical equipment to meet operational requirements. This involve painting the metallic and composite of aircraft structures and associated equipment. a wide variety of Air Force aircraft. It’s an exciting necessary, the soldering of miniature electronic may include site planning, excavations, timber runway lighting on Air Force bases or Defence
evacuations and working as part of operational could be anything from helmets and oxygen masks to surfaces of aircraft, corrosion control, preparation (GE Trade). career that will see you performing your role components. You’ll also be responsible for oxygen constructions, steel constructions, concreting, establishments. You could also manage large
deployments overseas. (GE). parachutes and life rafts, as well as survival kits, the and use of aircraft support equipment as well as both out on the flightline and in the workshop. and weapons systems and associated explosive interior lining, glazing, and assisting allied trades. electrical systems in the field, where generators
testing of emergency locator beacons, and the updating identifying and ordering aircraft paint equipment TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo (GE Trade). ordnance. (GE Trade). (QE), (AR). need to be installed and managed along with
TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo and maintenance of technical records. (GE Trade). and materials, and amending and maintaining an Aircraft Fabricator Course designed to make you deployable airfield and runway lighting. (QE), (AR).
a Basic Medic Course to teach you basic nursing technical publications. (QE). proficient in the engineering skills required for all TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll undergo TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo TRAINING: After recruit training, a wide variety of
skills, first aid, anatomy and physiology, and how to TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo a levels of aircraft structural maintenance and repair. a Technician Course for Aircraft Armament an Avionic Technician Course to give you the initial general service and employment specific training TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll head to
work under the supervision of ADF Nursing Officers. Fitter Course – Aircraft Safety Equipment Maintainer TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll be posted The course covers development and manufacture Technicians. The course provides instruction in generic trade training for Avionics Technicians who may be undertaken. You may then be trained in the RAAF Security and Fire School at RAAF Base
to teach you all of the basic skills required to install and to an Air Force Base or Defence establishment for of general sheet metal work items; the development, generic trade hand skills, component removal and are employed at the Fitter (Grade 1) skill level upon general construction and supervisory courses. Amberley, near Brisbane, where you’ll take basic
remove aircraft safety equipment used by aircrew or fitted on-the-job training before you qualify as an Aircraft manufacture and repair of aircraft structural items; installation; along with detailed systems theory of graduation. The course trains you in generic trade airfield engineering construction courses, and
to aircraft, information relating to work health and safety Spray Painter. and plumbing and ducting. operation and diagnostics. Training is also provided hand skills, avionics systems component removal learn about construction safety and skid-steer and
issues, and technical administration procedures relevant in explosive ordnance, and aircraft handling and and installation, and detailed avionics systems backhoe loader operations. You may also be offered
to your duties. servicing tasks. theory. Training is also provided in aircraft handling specialist engineering courses in areas such as
and servicing tasks. scaffolding, trenching and explosive power tools.

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“IF YOU WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE
WITHIN YOUR CAREER, IT’S THERE FOR THE TAKING.”

COMBAT AND SECURITY


FITTER & TURNER MOTOR MECHANIC HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR PLUMBER AIRBASE PROTECTION AND SECURITY AIRFIELD DEFENCE GUARD AIR FORCE SECURITY (AFSEC) FIRE FIGHTER
You are primarily responsible for the maintenance, Like getting your hands dirty under the bonnet Heavy Equipment Operators with the Air Force provide As an Air Force Plumber, you’ll be installing, (RESERVE) As an Airfield Defence Guard, you form the basis As a member of Air Force Security (AFSEC), you’ll As an Air Force Fire Fighter, you’ll be employed
repair, modification, and refurbishment of aircraft of a car? As an Air Force Motor Mechanic you’ll civil/earthwork construction support. In this role, maintaining and repairing installed water As part of the Airbase Protection and Security of the Air Force’s ground combat force, protecting find yourself apprehending offenders and applying in the usual duties normally associated with fire
arrestor systems, ground support equipment, and be applying your skills to everything from cars, you’ll be required to operate various heavy earth reticulation and treatment systems, sanitary, (Reserve) mustering you augment Permanent Air base assets, infrastructure and personnel against protective security measures. You may also get fighting, plus those involved with specialist airfield
small arms weapons. A Fitter by trade, you’ll be trucks, forklifts and airport specialist vehicles moving equipment such as dozers, excavators, dump drainage, sewerage, gas systems and undertaking Force security forces during times of increased attack from enemy forces. You’ll also get involved involved with security breaches, responding fire and rescue services and the training of base
manufacturing and modifying tools, jigs, dies, through to ground radar mechanical installations, trucks and more. As a Heavy Equipment Operator, other general plumbing tasks. In deployed and security and Ground Defence operations. in instructional duties such as weapons handling, to security alarms and carrying out patrols. personnel in fire fighting procedures. Additional
and much more. You may also find yourself refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, and you will also be required to carry out a range of exercise conditions, you’ll be responsible for Members of the Airbase Protection and Security battle tactics, field operations, combat survival, Alternatively, you could train to team up with a tasks include hazardous materials response,
testing and servicing various workshop machines aircraft arrestor systems. (GE Trade/QE). construction and maintenance tasks from site the provision of temporary water reticulation, (Reserve) need to have a high commitment and land search and rescue. (GE), (AR). Military Working Dog to provide security patrols motor vehicle accident response, bushfire work,
and tools. (QE). excavations to grading of roads and drains. From and sewage and gas in a variety of locations in to physical fitness and the ability to deal with and law enforcement. (GE), (AR). search and rescue, and other natural disaster
TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo time to time, you may be required to work shifts or Australia and overseas. You will also work closely members of the public. You spend the majority of TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo response work should the need arise. (GE), (AR).
TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll be posted to an a self-paced Heavy Vehicle Maintenance Course. participate in deployed operations with the Army in with trades such as carpenters and electricians your time working outdoors (AR). the Basic Airfield Defence Guard Course to be TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll undertake
operational RAAF unit, where you’ll receive on the job If you’re already qualified, you may apply for remote areas located within Australia or overseas. on both civil and general construction projects. trained in small arms; high explosive weapons 22 weeks of security training at the RAAF Security TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo
training specific to that workplace along with instruction recognition of prior learning to fast track through What’s more, your expertise will be called upon to (QE), (AR). TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll undertake a and explosive stores; radio communications; field and Fire School at RAAF Base Amberley, near training in first aid, fire vehicle operation, the
on general and technical administration procedures. As the course. The course introduces heavy vehicle support other trades such as Plumbers, Carpenters number of days of airbase protection training both engineering; battle-craft and tactics; map reading Brisbane. You’ll learn about security administration, use of breathing apparatus, rescue from heights,
your career develops, you may be given the opportunity maintenance to enable you to do routine servicing and Electricians in the performance of their duties. TRAINING: After recruit training, a wide variety of within your local unit and at the RAAF Security and and navigation; first aid and casualty handling; and policy and procedures; and train in protective casualty handling, and portable rescue equipment
to undergo advanced training enabling you to work on at all maintenance levels as well as fault-diagnosis.
(GE Trade), (AR). general service and employment specific training nuclear, biological and chemical defence. security, combat skills, defensive tactics, incident operation. In addition, you’ll also be taught the use
Fire School at RAAF Base Amberley, near Brisbane.
CNC lathes manufacturing specific aircraft components. On completion of your training, you’ll graduate as may be undertaken. You may then be trained in The areas you’ll cover include defensive driving, and crime response, and military dog handling. of portable fire extinguishers and rescue equipment,
a Ground Support Equipment Technician Grade 1. TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll undergo six general construction and supervisory courses. weapons handling, self-defence, and foot and the operation of fixed fire detection/suppression

weeks of Airfield Engineering Basic Core Training, vehicle patrol duties. system controls, and the servicing of fire fighting

learning to drive and operate Land Rovers, Unimogs, and rescue equipment.

backhoe loaders and more. Upon completion, you’ll be


required to complete a 16-week Basic Heavy Equipment
Operator Course, which covers theory and skills relating
to the driving of heavy plant vehicles such as scrapers
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“I KNOW AT THE END OF THE DAY WHAT I’VE
DONE AT WORK HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE.”

COMMUNICATIONS, IT AND INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST


GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE ANALYST INTELLIGENCE ANALYST (OPERATIONS) INTELLIGENCE ANALYST (SIGNALS) AIR SURVEILLANCE OPERATOR COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION COMMUNICATION ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN MUSICIAN
How about a job where you’ll be working with Can you keep a secret? Are you good at problem Like to do something vital for Australia’s As an Air Surveillance Operator you’ll establish SYSTEM CONTROLLER As a Communication Electronic Technician, you’ll Like the gig of a lifetime? One where you
some of the most sophisticated computer solving? Do you want to be paid to learn a foreign security? As a Intelligence Analyst (Signals) and maintain an up-to-date and complete picture As a Communications and Information System be maintaining some of the most sophisticated actually get paid every day of your career?
equipment in the country? Geospatial Intelligence language and/or surveillance techniques? you’ll be operating cutting edge receiving and of air and surface activities within Australia’s Controller (CISCON), you’ll be responsible for ground-based telecommunications and electronic As an Air Force Musician, you’re employed to
Analysts (AIA – GEOINT) are employed to support As an Intelligence Analyst (Operations) you analysis equipment to provide vital intelligence airspace using a network of radars whilst working the management of information systems and systems in the country. These systems include a perform in the Air Force Band providing music
the Air Force aerial reconnaissance strike will contribute directly to the Air Force mission and communications security requirements for closely with Air Force Air Combat Officers. (GE). operation of communication systems that support vast array of radar, radio, satellite, Local and Wide for events such as ceremonial occasions,
capability and produce intelligence products from in a wide range of Information Warfare related military commanders and other Defence and the entire Defence Force. The computer systems Area IT Networks, cabling and transmission lines, parades and guards of honour. You’ll also get
imagery and geospatial information in support roles. (GE). national authorities. (GE). TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo an include Local Area Networks, Wide Area Networks, and computer systems to ensure the Air Force has to perform throughout Australia and overseas
of ADF operations. You’ll be providing the very Air Surveillance Operators Course. During 11 weeks Web publishing, and database management. an accurate view of the airspace around it. (GE). to audiences ranging from school children to
latest intelligence information that will assist in the TRAINING: After recruit training and 11 weeks of TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll undertake spent at RAAF Base, Williamtown, NSW, you’ll be The communications systems include both secure foreign dignitaries. (QE).
planning of Air Force missions. (GE). Intelligence Analyst (Operations) Initial Employment 11 weeks of Intelligence Analyst (Signals) Initial taught basic radio and radar theory, the Australian and non-secure voice, data, video and message TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo
Training, you’ll stay on at RAAF Base Edinburgh, Employment Training at RAAF Base Edinburgh, Defence Force Aerospace Battle Management services across all media. (GE). a Fitter Course which covers practical training TRAINING: The Air Force does not provide any
TRAINING: After recruit training you’ll undertake SA for 11 weeks learning about providing all-source SA; then move on to the Defence Force School of System structure, meteorology, communications on high reliability soldering, component removal formal employment training for Musicians.
11 weeks of Geospatial Intelligence Analyst Initial intelligence analysis support to aerospace and air Signals, Cabarlah, QLD. There, you’ll learn how to and electronic warfare. TRAINING: After recruit training, you’ll undergo and installation, trade safety, and technical However, you will need to complete your recruit
Employment Training at RAAF Base Edinburgh, base operations. After that you’ll take a series of analyse complex signals for intelligence purposes, the Defence CIS Operator Course where you’ll be administration. On completion of this training, training and be proficient in music to certain
SA, to acquire a basic understanding of intelligence specialist courses in areas such as communications and be trained in radio and communications theory taught communications and information systems, you’ll graduate as an Aircraftsman Communication Australian Music Examinations Board or Associate in
support to air operations. You’ll then head to and signals, counter-intelligence, ground intelligence and technical analysis techniques. general security procedures, PC operations and Electronic Fitter Grade 1. You’ll then be posted to an Music, Australia standards.
Kokoda Barracks, Canungra for the 21-week Imagery and linguistics. maintenance, tactical communications, radio air base to undergo on-the-job training.
Analysis Training Continuum course, learning to telephony, and network operating system basics.
analyse and present imagery data received from a
variety of sources.

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STEP TWO. TRAINING
RECRUIT TRAINING SPECIALIST TRAINING

SEE IF LIFE IN THE


Now that you know more about the range of Once you’ve joined the Air Force, you’ll Once you’ve completed your recruit training,
interesting careers available and the various undergo your initial military training at you’ll undertake specialist training in your
avenues of entry, the next few sections will Number 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) at chosen field. On completion of specialist

AIR FORCE IS FOR YOU.


give you some idea as to what to expect from RAAF Base Wagga, New South Wales. training, you’ll be posted to a RAAF base or
life in the Air Force. 1RTU prepares you both physically and Defence establishment. To give you some idea
For even more detailed information visit mentally for service in the Air Force. as to what this will entail, please refer to the
defencejobs.gov.au/airforce Your recruit training lasts just over ‘Training’ section of the job descriptions in
11 weeks and will teach you basic military Step One of this brochure.
skills and knowledge, as well as instil in you
THE ROLE OF THE AIR FORCE a sense of pride in being in the Air Force.
TRAINING ACCREDITATION
The role of the Air Force is to provide defence
of Australia’s people, security and interests. All Air Force trade traineeships come with
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE IT?
This is achieved through the delivery of effective, nationally accredited TAFE equivalent
precision air and space power. The Air Force is It is unlikely that you will be released by the qualifications. They also guarantee you a
an internationally respected organisation that Air Force in advance of completing your initial job on completion of your specialist training.
not only looks after the security of Australia minimum period of service unless you apply to
but, in times of need, performs a vital role with leave within an initial amnesty period (within
ON-GOING TRAINING
humanitarian and emergency-response work first 90 days of enlistment). If you seek release
both here and overseas. after the initial amnesty period and there are The Air Force wants to bring out the very best
significant compelling reasons why you should in you. So throughout your career you’ll be
be released early, you may be released subject to given lots of opportunities to undertake further
meeting a financial condition that recompenses training in your chosen field. The Air Force
the Commonwealth for the cost of training you. wants to ensure you’re getting the most out
of your career.

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“I’VE SEEN PLACES I
WOULD NEVER HAVE
SEEN IF I DIDN’T
JOIN THE AIR FORCE.”

LIFE ON BASE
A GOOD BALANCE AIRMEN’S CLUB SPORTING LIFE FOOD FRIENDS DISCIPLINE
Once you’ve completed your recruit training, You could call the Airmen’s Club the social Whatever your sport or pastime, you’re sure to Despite what you might think, Air Force food is Given that so much of Air Force life is based Just like any normal job, the Air Force has certain
you’ll be posted to an RAAF base or Defence heart of life on-base – the place that hosts find plenty of people with similar interests very good. You’ll find the kitchen open three upon working closely in a team, from the disciplinary standards that need to be maintained,
establishment for your specialist training or to everything from pool competitions to live on-base. You’ll find most bases have fully- times a day, seven days a week, and if you need moment you join the Air Force you’ll find you’ll especially where people’s lives are on the line.
start your new job. But life in the Air Force isn’t bands, raffles and everyday get-togethers equipped gyms, swimming pools and tennis, a snack in between meals, you can always drop be making a lot of new friends. That will become So while you’ll need to be able to give and take
all work and no play. with your mates. squash and basketball courts. Sports approved into the base shop and pick up anything from a even more apparent when you’re posted to a orders throughout your career in the Air Force,
by the Air Force include: chocolate bar or a packet of chips to fruit juices, base where you’ll probably socialise with your you’ll find discipline is based on reason and
You’ll find our bases are places of constant
Alpine Snow Sports Running & Athletics health bars and salads. And if you have any special work friends just like you would with any job. co-operation between everyone, to ensure
excitement and change, with a huge range of
Aussie Rules Sailing dietary needs, they can be catered for as well. However, given that your working hours are every individual is treated with respect.
social and sporting facilities to help you relax
Basketball Scuba Diving similar to those anywhere else, you can still catch
and enjoy your life out of working hours.
Cricket Soccer up with your friends outside the Air Force as well.
Cycling Softball
Gliding Squash
Golf Tenpin Bowling
Hockey Touch Football
Lawn Bowls Triathlon
Netball Volleyball
Nordic Skiing & Biathlon Water Skiing
Rugby League Water Polo
Rugby Union

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BENEFITS
ACCOMMODATION SUPERANNUATION UNIFORMS
There are basically two types of accommodation The Air Force has its own generous Upon joining the Air Force, you will initially be
in the Air Force: on-base and off-base. On-base, superannuation scheme, which covers you for issued with a free set of uniforms. Following this,
you’ll find comfortable living quarters that are your super, as well as invalidity and death benefits. you will receive an annual allowance to ensure
subsidised by the Air Force. If not required to live your uniform is kept in top shape.
on base, you can either buy your own home or live
HEALTHCARE
in subsidised accommodation (subject to marital
status and availability). If you’re single, you may The Air Force looks after your medical and dental
also be eligible to receive rental assistance from needs, providing doctors, dentists and specialist
the Air Force. care should you need it.

PAY LEAVE
Your salary is made up of your basic salary plus You’ll be given 20 days of annual leave for every
a Service Allowance and a Uniform Maintenance year of completed service. However, the Air
Allowance. It’s paid directly into your bank, credit Force recognises that from time to time you may
union or building society account, and tax and need to take leave for other reasons. This may
superannuation are automatically deducted. include Remote Locality Leave, Maternity Leave,
How much you are paid obviously depends upon Compassionate Leave, Parental Leave, Carers
your rank, length of service and your chosen
career. However, you will find your pay is very
Leave, Long Service Leave and Examination Leave.
You’ll also find that, in most cases, weekends and
“THE AIR FORCE PROVIDES EVERYTHING
competitive when compared to salaries paid in
similar fields outside the Air Force. Our Careers
public holidays are your own, unless of course
you’re rostered on duty. And as an added bonus,
I WANT LIKE SECURITY, FRIENDSHIP
Coaches will be able to provide you with all salary if you’re single, the Air Force can also pay for
your trip home to your next of kin once a year, no
AND DIVERSITY. IT JUST MAKES IT A
REALLY GOOD JOB.”
details.
matter where you’re stationed in Australia.

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“I WAS LOOKING FOR COMMUNICATION ELECTRONIC
TECHNICIAN
SOMETHING OUT OF THE
ORDINARY AND FOUND Tell us some good things about working
in the Air Force?
What are the advantages of doing your job
in the Air Force compared to a civilian
Where do you see your future heading and
will you stay with the Air Force?
IT IN THE AIR FORCE.” There’s great people. The equipment is right up environment? I’m currently in training, so I’ll be in for another
to date. And there’s a sense of pride because of With the Air Force you get to go out on four years to complete my initial period of service.
the uniform and because you’re working for the deployments, which wouldn’t happen in the But I’ll probably stay with the Air Force for quite a
Australian people. civilian world, and you get to work on the entire number of years after that because of the security
system. In the civilian world they tend to work on and because it’s an interesting job. My mates are
What is a Communication Electronic one piece of equipment rather than the entire great here and the Air Force provides everything
I want. It makes it a really, really good job.
Technician? system. We work on everything from the Operator
Display Units to the radar – one end of the
Communication Electronic Technicians provide spectrum to the other. And we get a Certificate III Would you recommend your job to anyone
support for the aircrews and the ground crews.
We’re a ground based support group. I work with
in Electronics and Communications that’s directly
wanting to join the Air Force?
accredited outside in the civilian world.
radios and communications equipment, radars, I’d recommend it to anyone into electronics and
computers and networks. computers. It’s challenging, but it’s rewarding,
What’s the best thing about your job in the because you know you’re a part of a wider system
What do you do in the way of electronics? Air Force? supporting the Australian Defence Force. I’d also
Diversity. You get to work on a lot of systems. recommend it to anybody interested in the field
If any of the equipment fails, any part of the
You go on operations. You get to see different of electronics and communications because it can
equipment at all, we fix it. We repair computers,
parts of Australia for a couple of weeks at a time. lead to other things. You can progress through the
radar, radios, operator display units… everything.
You’ve got job security, whereas in the civilian Air Force and it’s all relevant in the civilian world
world it’s very unstable. You get a good wage, as well.
Do you have to be pretty bright to do what it’s comparable to the outside world, and there’s
you do? a lot of good friendships as well.

It’s a fairly intense course that you have to


do to become a Communication Electronic Is being in the Air Force just a job, or is it
Technician. I spent about 13 months in training a way of life?
and there was a course nearly every week.
It is a way of life, but it’s not your entire life.
But I think if anyone puts their mind to it they
You’ve got your friends and family, and you
could probably become a Communication
can go and visit them pretty much whenever
Electronic Technician.
you’re off duty.

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HARDWARE
F/A-18A/B HORNET C-17A Globemaster III HAWK 127 PC9/A KA350 KING AIR E-7A WEDGETAIL
Role Multi-role fighter Role Heavy multi-role transport Role Lead-in fighter trainer Role Primary trainer/forward air control Role Multi-role transport, low-level tactical Role Airborne early warning and control
Engines Two low bypass F404-GE-400 and strategic airlift Engine Single Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour and aerobatics and maritime navigation trainer Engines Two CFM International CFM56-7
turbofans—each 7,258kg thrust Engines Four Pratt and Whitney Mk 871 Engine Pratt and Whitney PT6A-62 Engines Two Pratt and Whitney PT6A-60A turbofans (118.4kN (27,300 lb)
Airframe Length: 17.1m Height: 4.7m PW2040 turbofans Airframe Length: 11.95m Height: 4.08m turboprop – 950 shaft horsepower turboprops driving 4-blade propellers thrust each)
Wingspan 12.4m (40,440lbs thrust each) Wingspan 9.39m Airframe Length: 10.18m Height: 3.28m (1050 horsepower each) Airframe Length: 33.6m Height: 12.6m
Weight 10,660kg basic, 20,412kg maximum Airframe Length: 53m Height: 16.79m Weight 5443kg Wingspan 10.24m Airframe Length: 14.22m Height: 4.40m Wingspan 34.3m F/A-18 HORNET C-17A GLOBEMASTER III HAWK 127
Speed Mach 1.8 (2,200km/h) Wingspan 51.7m Speed 1000km/h Weight 2,250kg basic, 2,710kg maximum Wingspan 17.65m Weight Maximum take off weight 77,565kg,
Range Combat radius 740km Weight 72,500kg payload Range 2400km Range (with two underwing tanks) 1,850km, Weight 6849kg (basic operations), maximum landing weight 60,782kg
Ceiling Above 45,000 feet Speed 800km/h cruise Ceiling 50,000 feet combat radius 650km 1600kg payload Speed Maximum 870km/h, cruise 760km/h
Weapons AIM-120 AMRAAM active radar guided Range 4,500km Crew Pilot (Instructor) and student Ceiling 25,000 feet Speed 570km/h normal operations Endurance 10 hours (without air-to-air refuelling)
missiles, AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red Ceiling 45,000 feet Weapons Two underwing smoke grenade Range 3,400km Ceiling 12,500m (41,000 feet)
missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Crew Two pilots, Loadmaster launchers Ceiling 35,000 feet Crew Pilot, Co-Pilot, Airborne Electronics
conventional and laser-guided bombs, Accommodation Depending on configuration: Crew Pilot and Observer/Instructor Crew Two Pilots, or Pilot and Navigator/ Analysts and mission specialists
nose-mounted cannon 102 troops; 90 stretcher Observer, or various crews in (10 mission consoles)
Avionics Hughes APG73 multi-mode radar GPS, patients; tanks, helicopters, training roles
inertial navigation system, mission infantry vehicles
computers, head-up cockpit display
Crew Pilot
PC9/A AP - 3C ORION B737-BBJ

AP - 3C ORION B737-BBJ C -130J HERCULES CL-604 CHALLENGER F/A-18F SUPER HORNET KC-30A MRTT
Role Maritime patrol/anti-submarine Role Special purpose passenger and Role Medium tactical and multi-role Role Special purpose passenger and Role Multi-role fighter Role Multi Role Tanker Transport used
warfare/strike VIP transport transport VIP transport Engines Two low-bypass F414-GE-400 for troop transport and air-to-air
Engines Four Allison T56A-14—each 4,600 Engines Two CFM International CFM56-7 Engines Four Allison AE2100DE turboprops – Engines Two General Electric DF34-3B turbofans (9,800kg thrust each) refuelling
shaft horsepower turbofans, each rated at 118.4kN each 4,590 shaft horsepower turbofans (9,220lbs thrust each) Airframe Length: 18.3m Height: 4.9m Engines Two General Electric CF6-80E1A3
Airframe Length: 35.6m Height: 10.44m (27,300lbs) driving 6 blade variable pitch Airframe Length: 20.86m Height: 6.3m Wingspan 13.6m Airframe Length: 59.0m Height: 17.4m
Wingspan 30.8m Airframe Length: 33.6m Height: 12.5m propellers Wingspan 19.61m (including winglets) Weight 13,387kg basic, 29,900kg maximum Wingspan 60.3m
Weight 61,200kg maximum (top of tail) Airframe Length: 34.37m Height: 10.1m Weight 21,863kg (max take off), 17,236kg take off weight Weight 233,000kg (max take off), 180,000kg
Speed 750km/h maximum, 650km/h cruise, Wingspan 35.8m (including winglets) Wingspan 40.4m (max landing) Speed Mach 1.6 (1,960km/h) (max landing)
370km/h loiter Weight 77,565kg (max take off), 60,780kg Weight 79,380kg maximum Speed 870km/h normal operations Range Ferrying 2,700km (without refuelling) Payload Up to 270 passengers, or 34,000kg
Range Mission radius 3,720km (max landing) Payload 19,500kg Range 5,600km (with max fuel and reserves)  Interdiction over 1,000km cargo, or 111 tonnes of fuel C -130J HERCULES CL-604 CHALLENGER KA350 KING AIR
Ceiling 30,000 feet Payload Standard seating for 36 passengers, Speed 625km/h normal operations Ceiling 41,000 feet Combat radium 740km Speed 870km/h cruising
Endurance 15hrs or 30 VIP configuration Range 5,100km with 18,155kg payload Crew Two Pilots and one Cabin Crew Ceiling Above 50,000 feet Range 14,800km
Weapons Mk 46 torpedoes, AGM84 Harpoon Speed 740km/h normal operations Ceiling 35,000 feet (Attendants) Weapons AIM-120 AMRAAM active radar Ceiling 41,000 feet
anti-ship missiles Range 5,5600km (Canberra direct to Honolulu, Crew Two Pilots, Loadmaster guided missiles Crew Pilot, co-pilot, air refuelling officer,
Crew Two Pilots, two Flight Engineers, Hong Kong or Tokyo) AIM-7 Sparrow radar-guided long- mission coordinator, up to eight Cabin
three Air Combat Officers and Ceiling 41,000 feet range missiles Crew (Attendants)
six Airborne Electronic Analysts Crew Two Pilots and four Cabin Crew AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red
(Attendants) seeking missiles
Harpoon anti-ship missiles
21 Conventional and laser-guided bombs 22
Crew Pilot and Air Combat Officer

E-7A WEDGETAIL F/A-18F SUPER HORNET KC-30A MRTT


There are five basic steps in applying to join the
Air Force. These are: Enquiry, YOU Session,
Interviews, Physical Fitness Assessment and
finally, Enlistment.

1. ENQUIRY 3. INTERVIEWS 5. ENLISTMENT


By calling 13 19 01 you will be connected to
After the YOU Session, you will be booked to Having made it through the selection process,
someone at the Defence Force Recruiting Call
an Assessment Day based on the availability you’ll either be sent a letter of offer to join the
Centre who can help you with any information
of positions for your preferred job. During the Air Force, or advised that your application was
you may require. You can then either complete an
Assessment Day you will undergo a psychological unsuccessful. If you have been unsuccessful,
application over the phone or complete an online
interview, a medical assessment and a Defence our Careers Coach can speak to you about other
application at defencejobs.gov.au.
Interview. Any additional testing requirements Australian Defence Force career options.
relevant to your particular career will also be Congratulations, you’re now just a step away
2. YOU SESSION conducted on this day. The purpose of this stage from realising your career as an airman or
is to ensure that you have the knowledge required airwoman in the Air Force. But before you can
The second stage of the joining process is
and are fully prepared for your career within the commit, there are a few things you should know.
Your Opportunities Unlimited Session, or YOU
Australian Defence Force.
Session. This day begins with an assessment
Airborne Electronics Analyst, Crew Attendant,
to determine what particular job roles and
Loadmaster and Air Force Security will also
avenues of entry you are best suited for.
require you to sit before a selection board. Your
You will be provided with information on the
Careers Coach will be able to provide you with
range of jobs that are available to you, and discuss
further details.
career opportunities with a Careers Coach.

4. PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT


After you have passed the Assessment Day
process you will be required to pass a physical
fitness assessment. Information on this will be
provided during the testing and assessment
process and you will have every opportunity
to ask questions.

STEP THREE.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU APPLY? 24
NATIONALITY MARITAL STATUS GOT ANY QUESTIONS?
To be eligible for any full-time or part-time Air When you join the Air Force, you can be single, By this stage, you will probably have a few
Force job, you must be an Australian Citizen married or living in a interdependent relationship. questions you’d like answered regarding a
or hold Permanent Residency Status with the Married benefits are also extended to those career in the Air Force. The best place to start
intention of gaining Australian citizenship once in military-recognised interdependent is a Defence Force Recruiting Centre. You can
you are eligible. relationships. find out the location of your nearest Defence
Force Recruiting Centre by calling 13 19 01
or visiting defencejobs.gov.au
AGE EDUCATION
The minimum age to join the Air Force is 17 on The Air Force offers a wide variety of general
the day of enlistment. However, additional age entry jobs, some of which require passes in
requirements may apply to certain jobs. specific subjects or courses. But in the majority
Check with a Careers Coach before making of cases, the minimum educational standard
an application. is a completion of Year 10 with passes in English
and Maths.

IDENTITY
As proof of your identity, date and place of birth,
INITIAL MINIMUM PERIOD OF SERVICE
you will be required to provide copies of your As an Airman or Airwoman, you will initially
original full birth and marriage certificates. sign up for a period that is predetermined
by your chosen job. More information on
specific lengths of service can be found at
defencejobs.gov.au/airforce.

STEP FOUR.
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WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW? 26
THE LAST STEP
CALL 13 19 01
DEFENCEJOBS.GOV.AU/AIRFORCE

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Information correct at time of printing – April 2018.