How to become an Army Soldier

Army Soldier

As a Soldier, you’ll have the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles. With over 50 roles to choose from, you can serve as a tank driver, infantry soldier or also work in administration, transport, trades, aviation, logistics or communications.

Personal requirements for an Army Soldier

  • At least Year 10 completion with passes in English and Maths
  • Sufficient general fitness to pass a pre-entry fitness assessment
  • Some roles requires a valid probationary license or higher
  • At least 17 years of age
  • Australian citizenship

Education & Training for an Army Soldier

To become an Army soldier you have to complete Year 10 or equivalent with passes in English and mathematics. As a part of the application process, you will need to attend a YOU Session, Assessment Day and pass your pre-entry fitness assessment. Following your appointment in the Army, you will need to undertake specific Army training. This involves a 12-week recruit course with the 1st Recruit Training Battalion at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga in NSW. Completion of this course is followed by specialised training for particular jobs. Specialisations have different entry requirements, contact Defence Force Recruiting for specific requirements.


Duties & Tasks of an Army Soldier

Army soldiers:

  • Operate and maintain a wide variety of military equipment
  • Participate in classroom lectures and field training in the areas of navigation, field craft, administration, vehicle maintenance, computer skills and leadership. An army soldier can specialise in these broad categories

Tasks

  • Serving as an infantry soldier.
  • Erecting bridges, building field defences, constructing temporary roads, clearing minefields, repairing airfields and demolishing targets using explosives.
  • Guarding airfields and other defence force bases.
  • Maintaining personal arms and ammunition.
  • Operating artillery, ground and surface-based defence systems, shipboard weapons and other advanced specialist military weapons and equipment.
  • Crewing armoured fighting vehicles.
  • Conducting surveillance, reconnaissance and boarding operations.
  • Providing firepower and ground-based air defence.
  • Establishing and maintaining command, control and communications equipment and facilities.

Working conditions for an Army Soldier

Army soldiers can be posted to capital or regional cities throughout Australia and can expect to serve in a variety of units and formations throughout their careers. Army soldiers may travel nationally and possibly internationally whilst in the Army.


Employment Opportunities for an Army Soldier

Recruitment into the Australian Defence Force is conducted on an Australia-wide basis all year round.


Specializations

Army Soldier

As a Soldier, you’ll have the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles. With over 50 roles to choose from, you can serve as a tank driver, infantry soldier or also work in administration, transport, trades, aviation, logistics or communications.

  • Average age
    Average age
    27 years
  • Future Growth
    Future Growth
    Stable
  • Gender Share
    Gender Share
    13% female
  • Average full-time
    Average full-time
    50 hours
  • Weekly Pay
    Weekly Pay
    Unavailable
  • Skill level rating
    Skill level rating
    Medium skill
  • Unemployment
    Unemployment
    Lower unemployment
  • Full-Time Share
    Full-Time Share
    94% Full-Time
  • Employment Size
    Employment Size
    110 workers
  • Employment Size
    Employment by state
    ACT: 4.7%
    NSW: 27.7%
    NT: 8.6%
    QLD: 35.9%
    SA: 6.5%
    TAS: 0.3%
    VIC: 9.8%
    WA: 6.4%
  • Employment Size
    Age brackets
    15-19: 8.2%
    20-24: 28.5%
    25-34: 37.9%
    35-44: 14.6%
    45-54: 8.5%
    55-59: 1.7%
    60-64: 0.3%
    65 and Over: 0.2%
  • Employment Size
    Education level
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma: 10.8%
    Bachelor degree: 5.6%
    Certificate III/IV: 26.5%
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 2.2%
    Year 10 and below: 7.8%
    Year 11: 6.5%
    Year 12: 40.6%
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