After you have submitted the initial application form, you will be invited to attend a YOU session, the first step in your recruitment process.
Held at your nearest Defence Force Recruiting Centre, the Your Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) session includes the first—and possibly only—aptitude test you will have to take. This test will enable the ADF to learn about your capabilities and what positions you can apply for. We have a tailor-made package to help you improve your YOU session aptitude test score, to increase your chances of getting the job you want.
Also on your YOU day will be a medical interview with a nurse, and an interview with a career counsellor. The medical interview includes a colour perception eye test, as well as some basic measurements (e.g. height, weight, etc.). The interview with the career counsellor will ascertain your reasons for joining the ADF and your job interests, so that at the end of the session, in conjunction with the results of your aptitude test, you will be presented with a Job Opportunity Report.
If, for some reason, you have failed the YOU Session, you will have to wait six months before you can attend another one. The successful completion of this step is essential for enlistment. The remaining recruiting steps are as follows:
Following the successful completion of the YOU Session, you will be invited to attend the Assessment Session, where you will face further examinations, more specifically related to the position you apply for. There are three parts to this session:
Once you have completed your Assessment Day successfully, you will be invited to the PFA, usually just a few weeks before enlistment/appointment. This assessment requires the minimal physical fitness level needed in the ADF. Candidates who are not able to perform at this level will not be allowed to enlist at all. The assessment measures your upper body strength as well as your aerobic capacity. You will need to do push-ups and sit-ups, as well as a Beep Test, in which you have to sprint between two points in progressively shorter time increments. The minimal performance requirements, not including specific exceptions, are as follows:
On this special day you will undertake a final medical check and participate in a welcome ceremony. You will then head straight to military training.
Depending on the positions you will be offered and wish to apply for, you may have to undertake further tests and evaluations in addition to the aptitude test and interview in the YOU Session (at a later date).
This is a day of individual and group exercises designed for officer applicants only, assessing leadership potential. The exercises you face at the Officer Selection Board vary, depending on the service being applied for, and may include a written exercise, an oral presentation, group exercises and an interview. You are expected to have knowledge of the ADF in general as well as of the specific job you have applied for. Reasonable knowledge of current affairs will be greatly appreciated, as will familiarity with basic weaponry, army vessels etc.