How to become a Army Soldier

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.

Personal requirements of a Army Soldier

  • Physically fit and able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • High degree of self-discipline
  • Willing to serve anywhere in Australia or overseas
  • Meet aptitude and medical requirements
  • At least 17 years of age
  • Australian citizenship

Education & Training for a Army Soldier

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.

Duties & Tasks of a 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.

Working conditions for a Army Soldier

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.

Employment Opportunities for a Army Soldier

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

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