Army soldiers are employed as soldiers first and foremost and can serve as tank drivers, gunners and riflemen, but may also work in jobs in administration, management, transport, finance, supply and a variety of trades.
To become an Army soldier you usually have to complete Year 10 or equivalent with passes in English and mathematics. You will also need to successfully complete a series of aptitude tests, medical assessments and selection interviews. Following selection and employment in the Army as a general entrant, you will need to undertake specific Army training. This involves an 80-day 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. As different specialisations have different entry requirements, you should contact Defence Force Recruiting for specific requirements.
Army soldiers may perform the following tasks:
Army soldiers can be posted to capital or regional cities throughout Australia and are expected to serve in a variety of units and formations throughout their careers. Army soldiers may travel nationally and possibly internationally whilst in the Army.
Recruitment into the Australian Defence Force is conducted on an Australia-wide basis all year round.