Case Study

ADF Gap Year

2007-08 saw the first intakes in each Service of the ADF Gap Year. The Navy and Air Force offered 100 places each, and the Army 500. Women took up 197, or 28 per cent, of these positions.

The aim of the ADF Gap Year is to offer young people a realistic taste of Service life without having to make the long-term commitment that many find daunting. In doing so, Defence hopes to attract a wider range of people to consider a Service career.

Although there is no obligation for participants to stay beyond their initial 12-month period of service, many participants have already decided they like what they see.

One who has made the decision to become a full-time serving member is Private Timothy Pashley who is undertaking training as a Gun Number in the Army. A Gun Number is a member of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery who assists in the operation of a gun or communications equipment in a Field or Medium Artillery Unit (Battery or Regiment).

Private Pashley said, 'I have been interested in all things military since I was young. I had seen the TV ads, looked up the internet for a career in the military and it looked like a wise and exciting career choice considering all the benefits that are available.'

'I was halfway through my basic training at Kapooka and I had already made a lot of mates in the first four to five weeks. I was enjoying the training and the whole experience so much that I knew then that Army was going to be a great fulltime career choice for me.'

'I am really looking forward to getting deployed overseas on operations or peace keeping. I want to do something for my country.'

The ADF Gap Year offers young Australians aged 17-24 years of age who have completed Year 12 (or equivalent) in the previous two years an opportunity to experience military training and lifestyle in the Navy, Army or Air Force for up to 12 months.

Underwater photo - caption followsGap Year recruits (left to right) Privates Danielle Garner,
Rebekah McNelly and Nyssa Whiley enjoy a break in their
training at Army Logistics Training Centre