Life in the ADF

The most consistent aspect of life in the Navy, Army or Air Force is the tremendous variety, combining stimulating work and flexible working options.

Enjoy standard days Enjoy standard days
Enjoy days that are always different

Whether on base, on land or at sea, in some respects working for the ADF can be much like being employed in a comparable civilian role (if there is one). However, you are likely to enjoy far more variety, along with life-changing experiences such as assisting communities affected by conflict or natural disasters.

In the Navy, you'll be a member of a uniquely supportive community, travelling the world and exploring new cultures. In the Army you'll take part in exercises in Australia and overseas, preparing you for your role at the forefront of response. In the Air Force you could be working with cutting edge aero technology, managing cargo logistics or assisting with aeromedical evacuations anywhere in the world.

Live in comfort Live in comfort
Live in comfort

ADF accommodation varies by service and role but you'll find it's always comfortable and practical, even if you're at sea. During initial training you'll live on base, giving you the opportunity to bond with fellow recruits. After that you may have the option to live on or off base, or rent or buy locally. Either way, accommodation is mostly subsidised.

Flexibility Flexibility
Find flexibility in the way you can serve

People who join the Navy, Army or Air Force, are commonly expected to work on a full-time basis. However the ADF has flexible work arrangements available such as the ability to work from home, work from another location, or work part-time.

Full-time ADF members have the opportunity to seek approval to work part-time at various stages of their career. For those seeking a part-time career only, the Navy, Army and Air Force offer Defence Reserve Service. The ADF Total Workforce System (TWS) helps individuals to achieve the right balance between their personal commitments and service responsibilities.

Eat well

Good food helps personnel perform at their peak, so the quality of the meals we serve is an ADF priority. On base you'll have plenty of options to choose from, all prepared to the highest standards of nutrition and hygiene. At sea and on exercises and deployments the choice may be more limited but you'll still enjoy great food and plenty of it.

Be paid to stay fit Be paid to stay fit
Be paid to stay fit

You can forget paying for costly gym memberships, as in the ADF part of your working day is likely to involve a work-out. Most bases have good sport and fitness facilities, and some have special interest clubs for activities such as rock climbing, golf, water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.

Make friends for life Make friends for life
Make friends for life

The Navy, Army and Air Force provide supportive working environments where you'll meet many like-minded people. The rewarding work you do together, and the experiences you share, will forge special friendships that last a lifetime.

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