Also known as:
- Air force - general entrant
- Air force technician/tradesperson
- Army soldier - technician
- Navy sailor
- Navy technician
What they do
Soldiers occupy a number of administrative, managerial and specialised service roles in the operation and support of the Australian Army. 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 the Australian Army's military and 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)
Soldiers can expect different working conditions depending on their specific role within the Army. For example, administrative or finance clerks work mostly in office environments, but mechanical and electrical engineering staff work in workshops and on location on Army missions.
Tools and technologies
The tools and technologies used by soldiers vary greatly depending on their specialised role. Whilst a cook works with food preparation equipment, and dental assistants work with specialised dental equipment, others such as chaplains or finance and legal clerks work with computers in word processing or data management roles. Some soldiers utilise weaponry in combat situations, whilst others undertake administrative or finance-related work. All Australian Army personnel are required to wear uniforms.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a soldier within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) you must pass the recruitment process and complete Basic Training at the Army Recruit Training Centre.
You will undergo a series of written, physical, psychological and medical checks and interviews. You will also need to undergo a National Police History Check.
Successful applicants are required to complete 80 days of Basic Training at the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.
Once you have completed Basic Training you undertake Initial Employment Training where you will learn about your specific role. The length, location and related qualifications of this training depend on the role you will be moving into.
You can join the Army through the ADF Gap Year program. You must be between 17 and 24 years old, and have completed year 12 (or equivalent).
You can also join the Australian Defence Force on a part time basis within the Army Reserves.
Visit the Defence Force Recruiting Centre website for more information.