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Defence Community Organisation

For ADF members and their families

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Veteran employment

Former Defence Force personnel have skills and capabilities that are in high demand in the civilian workforce. They are strong leaders, resilient, motivated and experienced. They have demonstrated loyalty, courage and commitment and are proven problem-solvers.

The range of qualities acquired by ADF members through their military service and training are valuable to civilian employers. Their talents are easily transferable between military and civilian life and include:

  • learning new skills quickly
  • being highly motivated, punctual and dependable
  • communicating effectively to keep people informed
  • completing tasks efficiently and on time
  • working independently and as part of a team
  • demonstrating leadership, commitment and also being able to follow instructions
  • being well-presented and courteous, and
  • working with a variety of people from different backgrounds and with varying levels of experience

Many former members continue to live by core Defence values such as honesty, honour, initiative, integrity, respect and teamwork. These key qualities are valued in any workplace.

Military personnel pride themselves on their responsiveness, problem-solving skills, teamwork and ability to work in high-pressure environments. Their experience in the military may also have led to the development of leadership skills and the ability to rapidly adapt to new technologies.

Many former members will have acquired professional or trade qualifications that are recognised in the civilian workforce, including mechanics, health professionals, carpenters and drivers.