Air force - general entrant


Also known as:

  • Air force technician/tradesperson
  • Army soldier - technician
  • Navy sailor
  • Navy technician
  • Soldier

What they do

Air force general entrants occupy a number of specialist service roles in the operation and support of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). General entrants into the RAAF are able to specialise in one of a number of roles in areas such as aviation, engineering, health-care and science, communications and IT, education, logistics, hospitality, business and administration, and combat and security. They undertake duties in their specific area of expertise in both peacetime and combat situations, and may travel across the country and internationally in support of RAAF military or general operations.

Specialisations include: Acoustic warfare analyst (navy), Air dispatcher (army), Air surveillance operator (air force), Aircraft life support fitter (air force), Aircraft life support fitter (army), Aircrewman (navy), Airfield defence guard (air force), Boatswains mate (navy), Combat engineer (army), Combat systems operator (navy), Combat systems operator mine warfare (navy), Commando (army), Crewman armoured personnel carrier M113 (army), Crewman Australian light armoured vehicle (ASLAV) (army), Crewman main battle tank (army), Electronic warfare - linguist (navy), Electronic warfare - technical (navy), Geospatial imagery intelligence analyst (air force), Ground crewman mission support (army), Gun number (army), Marine specialist (army), Naval police coxswain (navy), Operator artillery meteorology and surveyor (army), Operator electronic warfare (army), Operator ground based air defence (army), Operator weapon locating radar (army), Rifleman (army), Security police (air force), Signal operator linguist (air force), Signal operator technical (air force)

Working conditions

Air force general entrants encounter a range of working conditions that depend on the type of role they specialise in. Whilst some general entrants such as those involved in administration and public affairs may work in a traditional office environment, others, such as those working in communications may work with highly-technical equipment in a range of settings. Others such as airfield defence guards may be involved in combat situations. Work hours will depend on the type of work undertaken.

Tools and technologies

The tools and technologies used by air force general entrants vary greatly depending on their specialist role. Whilst many are involved with communications systems such as radar, radio and satellite systems, and computer-aided surveillance or information systems, others may work with computers in word processing or data management roles. Some general entrants utilise weaponry in combat situations. All air force personnel are required to wear uniforms.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an Air Force general entrant within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) you must pass the recruitment process and complete recruit training at the Recruit Training Unit.

You must be an Australian citizen (although permanent residents may be considered under certain circumstances), have passed Year 10 English and Mathematics and be at least 16 years and six months old to apply. You will undergo a series of written, aptitude, physical, psychological and medical checks and interviews. You will also need to undergo a National Police Check.

Successful applicants are required to complete 11 weeks of recruit training at the No 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Once you have completed recruit training you undertake Initial Employment Training where you'll receive training in your specific role. The length, location and related qualifications of this training depend on the role you will be moving into.

If you are aged between 17 and 24 years old, and have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) and passed Year 10 English and Mathematics, you can join the RAAF through the ADF Gap Year program.

You can also join the ADF on a part time basis within the Air Force Reserves.

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