Workforce Overview

ADF enlistments & recruiting

ADF enlistments include all entrants (ab initio recruits and prior service entrants) who joined the ADF in the financial year. The ADF enlisted 7,074 permanent members, 6,013 men and 1,061 women, for the 12 months up to 30 June 2008, as shown in Table 4.7. This was 1,046 more than in 2006-07. In addition, 702 personnel were enlisted in the new recruiting initiative Gap Year, 505 men and 197 women.

Of the total number enlisted, 1,401 personnel had prior military service in either the Reserves, another Service, another nation, previous permanent force or transferred from the Gap Year Initiative. There were 5,673 ab initio entrants. The following tables detail recruitment activity for each Service.

Table 4.7 Permanent Force enlistments, 2006-07 and 2007-08[1][2][3]
Navy Army Air Force ADF Total
Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
2006-07
Trained Force
Officers[4] 33 9 113 26 85 31 231 66 297
Other Ranks 63 9 282 23 102 22 447 54 501
Training Force
Officers [4][5] 146 40 296 65 184 63 626 168 794
Other Ranks [4][5][6] 1,000 265 2,240 138 649 144 3,889 547 4,436
Total 1,242 323 2,931 252 1,020 260 5,193 835 6,028
2007-08
Trained Force
Officers 36 8 159 29 106 35 301 72 373
Other Ranks 65 5 375 50 130 25 570 80 650
Training Force
Officers 119 57 349 56 162 64 630 177 807
Other Ranks 1,018 326 2,778 226 716 180 4,512 732 5,244
Total 1,238 396 3,661 361 1,114 304 6,013 1,061 7,074
Gap Year[7] 45 55 400 102 60 40 505 197 702

Notes

  1. Figures in this table show actual employees enlisted from all sources (headcount).
  2. Enlistments exclude Reserves commencing periods of continuous full-time service.
  3. Figures include ab initio enlistees and inter- and intra-service transfers processed by the Services. Table 4.8 and Table 4.9 provide the split between prior service enlistments and ab initio recruiting respectively.
  4. Army enlistments shown in the Defence Annual Report 2006-07 have been adjusted due to backdated transactions.
  5. Navy enlistments in the Defence Annual Report 2006-07 have been adjusted due to backdated transactions.
  6. Air Force enlistments in the Defence Annual Report 2006-07 have been adjusted due to the failure of one female Other Ranks member to enlist in the Training Force.
  7. Gap Year participants are not included in Permanent Force figures.
Table 4.8 Permanent Force prior service enlistments, 2006-07 and 2007-08[1][2]
  Navy Army Air Force ADF Total
Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
2006-07
Overseas entrants 21 1 108 1 24 1 153 3 156
Reserve transfers[3] 45 9 350 51 64 13 459 73 532
Service transfers[3] 27 2 38 1 75 16 140 19 159
Re-enlistments 42 7 105 7 55 16 202 30 232
Total 135 19 601 60 218 46 954 125 1,079
2007-08
Overseas entrants 42 4 131 4 49 6 222 14 236
Reserve transfers 35 4 489 83 100 19 624 106 730
Service transfers 25 3 23 6 64 16 112 25 137
Re-enlistments 30 7 121 7 58 9 209 23 232
Gap Year transfers[4] 1 - 52 13 - - 53 13 66
Total 133 18 816 113 271 50 1,220 181 1,401

Notes

  1. Figures in this table show actual employees (headcount).
  2. Defence Force Recruiting processed 272 people with prior military service.
  3. Army enlistments in the Defence Annual Report 2006-07 have been adjusted due to backdated transactions.
  4. The Gap Year Initiative commenced in 2007-08, therefore no transfers were recorded in previous years.

ADF recruiting includes all new (ab initio) entrants to the Permanent, Gap Year and Reserve Forces.

Table 4.9 ADF Permanent Force recruiting activity, 2006-07 and 2007-08
Navy Army Air Force ADF
2006-07
Total inquiries[1] 7,360 26,544 13,005 46,909
Formal applications 3,601 7,195 3,350 14,146
Ab initio enlisted [2][3] 1,411 2,524 1,016 4,951
Target enlistments 1,801 2,939 1,180 5,920
Enlistments achieved (%) 78 86 86 84
2007-08
Total inquiries[4] 9,358 32,395 13,657 55,410
Formal applications 3,213 7,427 3,167 13,807
Ab initio enlisted 1,483 3,093 1,097 5,673
Target enlistments 2,045 4,081 1,286 7,412
Enlistments achieved (%) 73 76 85 77

Notes

  1. 12,601 inquiries were received from people undecided on Service or commitment.
  2. The number of Navy applicants enlisted as shown in the Defence Annual Report 2006-07 has been adjusted due to three failures to enlist.
  3. The number of Air Force applicants enlisted as shown in the Defence Annual Report 2006-07 has been adjusted due to one failure to enlist.
  4. 8,433 inquiries were received from people undecided on Service or commitment.
Table 4.10 ADF Gap Year recruiting activity 2007-08[1][2]
Navy Army Air Force ADF
Total inquiries[1] 983 5,534 806 7,323
Formal applications 255 1,010 243 1,508
Ab initio enlisted 100 500 100 700
Transfers from Reserve[2] - 2 - 2
Target 100 500 100 700
Percentage achieved (%) 100 100 100 100

Notes

  1. 8,433 inquiries were received from people undecided on Service or commitment.
  2. The Army also had two transfers from Reserve to Gap Year.
Table 4.11 Reserve Force recruiting activity, 2006-07 and 2007-08[1][2]
Navy Army Air Force ADF
2006-07
Total inquiries[1] 903 13,678 1,858 16,439
Formal applications 220 5,341 625 6,186
Applicants enlisted 79 2,509 305 2,893
Target 147 2,675 424 3,246
Enlistments achieved (%) 54 94 72 89
2007-08
Total inquiries[2] 967 10,742 1,689 13,398
Formal applications 188 3,962 543 4,693
Applicants enlisted 71 2,207 262 2,540
Target 144 2,150 439 2,733
Enlistments achieved (%) 49 103 60 93

Notes

  1. In addition, there were 12,601 inquiries about tri-Service, Permanent and Reserve Force who were undecided on which Service they wished to join and whether they were interested in Permanent or Reserve commitment.
  2. In addition, there were 8,433 inquiries about tri-Service, Permanent, Gap Year and Reserve Force who were undecided on which Service they wished to join and whether they were interested in Permanent, Gap Year or Reserve commitment.

Figures 4.1 to 4.4 shows the number of full-time personnel recruited (shaded bars) and the percentage achieved (line) of the annual target by each Service and the ADF over the last 10 financial years. The number of ab initio entrants into each Service and the ADF increased in 2007-08.

Figure 4.1 Navy Full Time Recruiting Performance 1997-2007
Combination bar and line chart showing gradual increase in recruits in the last 3-4 years with target percentage achieved slightly decreasing over that time.

Figure 4.2 Air Force Full Time Recruiting Performance 1997-2007
Combination bar and line chart showing reasonably static recruits in the last 3-4 years with target percentage achieved also static.

Figure 4.3 Army Full Time Recruiting Performance 1997-2007
Combination bar and line chart showing gradual increase in recruits in the last 3-4 years with target percentage achieved slightly decreasing over that time.

Figure 4.4 ADF Full Time Recruiting Performance 1997-2007
Combination bar and line chart showing gradual increase in recruits in the last 3-4 years with target percentage achieved slightly decreasing over that time.

Figures 4.5 to 4.8 show the number of part-time personnel recruited (shaded bars) and the percentage achieved (line) of the annual target by each Service and the ADF over the last ten financial years.

Figure 4.5 Navy Part Time Recruiting Performance 1997-2007
Combination bar and line chart showing marked increase in recruits in the last 2 years with target percentage achieved also increasing compared to previous years.

Figure 4.6 Air Force Part Time Recruiting Performance 1997-2007
Combination bar and line chart showing gradual increase from 2001 and marked increase in recruits in the last 2-3 years, spiking in 2006-07; with target percentage achieved showing similar activity after erratic performance in earlier years.

Figure 4.7 Army Part Time Recruiting Performance 1997-2007
Combination bar and line chart showing reasonably static recruits in the last 8 years with target percentage achieved increasing 1999-2002, falling slightly 2003-2005 and increasing again from 2005 to 100% in 2007-08.

Figure 4.8 ADF Part Time Recruiting Performance 1997-2007
Combination bar and line chart showing reasonably static recruits in the last 10 years with target percentage achieved increasing from less than 40% in 1999 to more than 90% in 2007-08.