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A bigger and better ADF gap year ahead.

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The Hon. Warren Snowdon MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Friday, 23 May 2008 057/2008


Applications for the 2009 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year program are now open, Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP announced today during a visit to HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Mr Snowdon was attending a graduation parade at the Navy’s Recruit School. The new sailors have completed their 11 weeks initial training along with 17 ADF Gap Year entrants.

“I was fortunate to visit HMAS Cerberus earlier in the year and spend some time with these Navy Gap Year recruits and it’s wonderful to see them now at the end of their training,” Mr Snowdon said.

“They tell me that they wouldn’t have missed the experience for anything, so much so that some of them have decided to stay on in the Navy as sailors, or gone on to seek officer training.”

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, has also been encouraged by the success of the Gap Year program within Navy.

“It is always pleasing to review a passing out parade and I am especially happy to see these recruits embarking on their Navy careers,” Vice Admiral Russ Shalders said.

“That the Gap Year recruits have been so easily incorporated and accepted into the Navy family is testament to Navy’s values and culture.”

Following the success of this year’s Gap Year, the 2009 program will be offering increased places, with Navy and Air Force each seeking 250 entrants (up from 100 each last year) and Army maintaining its 500 places.

“The feedback I’m receiving from current Gap Year participants has been overwhelmingly positive, and I encourage any student in their final year of secondary school to log-on to Defence Force Recruiting’s website or call 13 19 01 to get their Gap Year application started right now,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The 2008 Gap Year intakes were such a success in attracting large numbers of applications that some keen candidates missed out and there is no time to lose.

“The Gap Year program is an incredible opportunity for young Australians to experience life and training in the ADF,” Mr Snowdon said.

Further information about the ADF Gap Year program can be found at or by calling 13 19 01.

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664