Air Force officers command, train and motivate Air Force airmen and airwomen for peacetime and wartime tasks. Air Force officers work at the middle and executive management levels within the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Officers specialise in various areas depending on their training and qualifications.
To become an Air Force officer you usually have to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with passes in English and three other broad subjects. To join the RAAF you will need to successfully complete a series of aptitude tests, medical assessments and selection interviews. If you are successful, there are four different education and training pathways for Air Force officers. You may apply to join the Air Force as a non-degree, direct-entry officer cadet; you may complete a degree through the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA); you may apply as a sponsored undergraduate; or you may apply after completing one of a selected range of specialist degrees. Entry to all officer cadet positions requires the completion of the 17-week Initial Officer Course at RAAF Base East Sale, Gippsland, Victoria. This is followed by specialist training with the RAAF. Entry to ADFA usually requires you to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with passes in English and mathematics, as well as an appropriate score in prerequisite subjects relevant to your chosen area of study. All ADFA students are required to complete a 3-year course of academic study at the academy, followed by single service military training. Sponsored undergraduates are full-time university students who are currently studying a degree relevant to the Air Force at a recognised tertiary institution. They can apply for sponsored undergraduate entry into the Air Force after having completed at least one year of their degree. Following completion of their specialised degree, they must then complete the 17-week Initial Officer Course before becoming officers in their specialised field. People who have already completed a specialised degree may apply for direct entry into the Air Force as Graduate Officers. These applicants are required to complete the 17-week Initial Officer Course before undertaking training in their specialised field. Each specialised occupation has its own entry requirements. For full details about this option, contact your nearest Defence Force Recruiting Centre.
An Air Force officer may specialise as an/a:
Recruitment into the Australian Defence Force is conducted on an Australia-wide basis all year round.