Entry Methods

There are several ways to start your career in the Air Force. Each job has different entry options and requirements, so make sure you pick your preferred entry method before applying.

As an Officer you will be trained to be a leader in the Air Force, learning management skills and taking responsibility for those under your command. We offer Officer roles for school leavers, undergraduates, graduates and qualified professionals. The length of service you'll be expected to complete varies by job, but can be as little as two years.

You'll find many excellent career options in the Air Force that don’t require experience or qualifications. For these positions, you’ll receive all the training you need, be paid while you train and earn industry-recognised qualifications. While you don't require Year 12 to join, it's best to check each job page for specific entry and education requirements.

Full time

If you aspire to be an Officer in the Air Force you’ll need to meet the education requirements of the specific role you are applying for, details of which can be found on each job page.

Australian Defence Force Academy

If you want to start a career in the Air Force and undertake military training whilst being paid to study a recognised degree from the University of New South Wales, you can enter the ADF via ADFA - the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Graduate entry

If you have a recognised degree in a field such as Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Nursing, Engineering, Business or IT, you can apply for an Officer role. Whether you’re a recent graduate or in the middle of your career, you’ll receive further training and post-graduate study opportunities in the Air Force, so you can add an exciting new dimension to your work.

Graduate Medical Program

If you hold an appropriate undergraduate degree, have successfully completed the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT), and have been accepted into an Australian university, you can apply to enter the Air Force through the Graduate Medical Program. If successful you will be sponsored as a medical practitioner, then serve as a Medical Officer.

Undergraduate entry

If you are studying a relevant degree at an Australian university and have completed at least one year of a three or four year course (or two years of a five or six year degree), you could be eligible for Defence University Sponsorship and have your fees paid in return for a commitment to an Officer role in the Air Force.


If you want to gain extra training and experience in your trade or profession, while doing something different and worthwhile for your country, you can apply to join the Air Force Reserve. Please check the entry requirements on each job page.

Other Ranks (Technical)

If you've completed Year 10 (or equivalent) with passes in English, Maths, Science and one other subject, you can choose from a broad range of technical and trade apprenticeships in the Air Force, and you'll be paid while you learn. Some trade roles also require Science with a Physics component so check individual job descriptions before starting your application.

Qualified (Technical)

If you already have an appropriate trade qualification you can join the Air Force through this entry method and apply your skills to exciting new career challenges. You'll find specific qualification requirements on each job page.

Other Ranks (Non Technical)

Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent) with passes in English and Maths is the minimum educational requirement for a job in the Air Force, and there are plenty of career opportunities to choose from. Some roles in this category require a pass in Year 10 Maths and Science, or passes in Year 11 (or equivalent) and above.


If you want to do something really different beyond your day job, while helping the community and giving something back to our country, you can apply to join the Air Force Reserve. You can check the entry requirements on each job page.