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ADF Gap Year program for 2015

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Assistant Minister for Defence - ADF Gap Year program for 2015

28 April 2014

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, today launched the Australian Defence Force

(ADF) Gap Year program for 2015.

Addressing a crowd of secondary school children and teachers in Brisbane, Mr Robert said the

program provides an opportunity for young Australians, who have finished year 12 or

equivalent, to experience 12 months in the military without the obligation to make a longer


‘I’m very proud to announce the reinstatement of the ADF Gap Year program for young men

and women who are looking for an opportunity to broaden their career choices after

secondary school and do something out of the ordinary and truly rewarding.

‘The ADF Gap Year program is a proven success, particularly in recruiting women into the

ADF, and its reinstatement fulfils another of the Government’s key Defence election

commitments,’ Mr Robert said.

The program will commence in January/February 2015. The Army has Gap Year opportunities

for Infantry soldiers, drivers, administration clerks and supply coordinators. The Air Force has

Gap Year opportunities in airbase security roles, while it is anticipated Navy will be able to

accommodate Gap Year participants in future years.

‘The ADF Gap Year program represents an investment in the youth of Australia as part of the

Government’s commitment to boosting ADF recruitment while also broadening community

engagement with the ADF.

‘Once successful applicants have completed basic recruit and trade specific training, they will

then be immersed in the ADF lifestyle while continuing to learn on the job, developing their

skills and all while being paid a salary of more than $45,000 a year and making life-long

friends,’ Mr Robert said.

Anyone interested in applying for the 2015 intake can do so from 1 June by visiting, by phoning 13 19 01 or by visiting their local Defence Force

Recruiting Centre.

Media contacts:

Richard Briedis (Minister Robert’s Office) (02) 6277 7730 or 0477 391 174

Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999