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You can apply at any point during your degree, as long as you have completed your first semester and received your results. It's best to apply in your first year of university, to maximise your sponsorship time. If you are applying for the graduate medical program you need to register for the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and can be sponsored from the first year. It is important to note that the recruitment process can take 3-12 months, therefore you are encouraged to apply early.

No. The ADF cannot accept students that are bonded to other sponsorship programs.

A career in the ADF offers a wide variety of opportunities and career development. The ADF will provide you with leadership training to ensure you have the ability to manage large groups of sailors, soldiers or airmen/airwomen; and possess basic military skills. Once you have completed your training you will be in a management role where you will be in charge of a team of personnel which could have up to 30 members.

You will be working within the field related to your study. This means, for instance, you could have the opportunity to work on some world-class equipment if you are an engineer, or work with ADF members to ensure that they are in peak condition if in healthcare. Your career will not be disadvantaged in any way by being in the military.

Throughout your career there may be opportunities to continue studying and further develop your skills.

All of the skills learnt in your role are transferrable to comparable civilian roles. You will gain management skills which are highly valued outside of the ADF and the skills related to your chosen career will be transferable if you do choose to leave the ADF.

Working in the ADF will be similar to a role as a civilian; however in the ADF you will get extra opportunities which may not be available within a civilian career. In the ADF you are paid to keep fit, will get to work in some challenging and varying environments and may even get the chance to deploy. Throughout your career you will regularly get a new challenge as you will likely to be posted to different job areas which will provide you with exposure to different scenarios and workplaces, offering variety throughout your career.

Throughout the recruitment process you will be assessed on whether you have the potential and attitude to become an Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force. If you are deemed to have the qualities required to be an Officer in the ADF then you will be able to proceed with your application. Once you have graduated from university you will be provided with the required training to hone your leadership potential to ensure that you have the skills to manage personnel.

During university you will have limited to no military commitment as you are employed to focus on your studies until you graduate. There may be an initial familiarisation of 1-4 weeks depending on your Service. The timing for this is designed around your semester breaks so it does not interfere with your studies. The location is also variable and is dependent on the Services.

You will be a full member of the ADF from the start of your sponsorship and once graduated, will be expected to serve for an additional period that depends on the length of your sponsorship. Known as IMPS, this period is calculated on the number of years you have been sponsored at university - plus one year (with a minimum of three years). Generally you begin paying back your IMPS after you graduate from university.

For health specialities you begin paying back your IMPS once you have satisfied your registration and clinical experience consolidation requirements. If you have been sponsored through the Graduate Medical Program, you will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service of the period of sponsorship (x2) plus an additional 365 days, or until the expiry of your Return of Service Obligation, whichever is greater

Every ADF member is trained in the handling and safe-use of small arms weapons. However, you will generally not be required to carry a rifle or pistol unless you're deployed in an area of operation that requires a higher level of preparedness. Most of your ADF duties will be relevant to your qualifications.

If you change your mind and choose to leave university or switch to a different degree, you will be expected to reimburse ADF for all the support provided.

It is recommended that all students who are sponsored through Defence University Sponsorship are part of the Commonwealth Supported Program. On commencement of sponsorship, the ADF will pay your remaining HELP fees (up to $10,000 a year) based on the HELP equivalent amount. For postgraduates it is the HELP equivalent only, and for students studying a double degree only the eligible units will be paid for. The only exception is the Graduate Medical and Dental Program, which may be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Services.

You can apply to be reimbursed for prescribed textbooks.

A contractual arrangement is made with the hospital whereby the ADF will pay your salary during this time. You will also be entitled to the benefits of being a full time member of the ADF. This means that overtime work beyond normal working hours is also reimbursed to you.

Medical equipment such as stethoscopes are tax deductible. The ADF does not cover these types of expenses.

The Services will issue you with a military point of contact. This contact will be available throughout your university study should you require information or assistance.

If you have any questions about Defence University Sponsorship or about life as an officer in the ADF, get in touch with a member from the Specialist Engineering or Health teams via email: engineers@dfr.com.au and healthjobs@dfr.com.au

Once you have completed your degree you will undertake officer training with your chosen Service. During this time you will be advised of your posting. You are given the opportunity to express a preference for the facilities, bases, ships or units to which you would like to be posted. While the ADF will try to fulfil your posting preferences you may be posted to any locality if there is a Service requirement.

Officer training is undertaken once you complete your degree. It is completed in one block of 22 weeks for Navy, one block of 26 days and one block of 16 days for Army and one block of 16 weeks plus one week initiation training for Air Force.