There are a verity of interviews you undergo when applying for the ADF:
1) Careers Coaching Session (YOU Session) - Simple 1 on 1 discussion surrounding your chosen job preferences (i.e. If you are suited for that type of job and if you meet basic requirements) but also to help answer any of your questions surrounding the ADF.
2) Medical Interview (Assessment Session) - 1 on 1 discussion and physical examination surrounding your past and present health and fitness.
3) Psychological Interview (Assessment Session) - 1 on 1 thorough discussion surrounding your past and present social and economic circumstances (Be honest with the interviewer).
4) Defence Interview (Assessment Session) - 1 on 1 thorough discussion surrounding your job preferences and knowledge of the ADF (Research your chosen jobs, be honest and answer with confidence).
I am seeking employment out of the Military to be relocated with family and seek a greater work/life balance
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Australian Army? What are the steps along the way?
Depends on your job preferences, such as their demand and the availability of positions. For geospatial intelligence it has taken me around 12 months from initially applying online to enlistment date. However, other applicants can also be waiting around 6 or 18 months (Again, depends on the job and if they are passing the stages of the application process).
The steps of enlistment are on the ADF website, but in summary for general entry include:
1. Book and attend YOU Session (Aptitude Test, Medical check, and 1 on 1 Job coaching session).
2. Confirm job preferences and return documents.
3. Book and attend Assessment Session (Full medical check, Psychological interview/ test, and 1 on 1 job interview).
4. Return medical and other personal documents (if required).
5. Book and attend Practice Pre-Enlistment Fitness Assessment (PFA - Push ups, Sit sups and Beep test).
6. If you fail the PFA test, you can book and try again (3 times max).
6. If you passed PFA, wait for a position to be available (ADF will let you know, could be a few months)
7. ADF contacts you about position opening/ enlistment date, either accept/ decline offer.
8. Complete and return all necessary documentation/ security checks.
9. Book, wait and attend your final Pre-Enlistment Fitness Assessment (PFA - Push ups, Sit sups and Beep test), which occurs a few weeks before your enlistment date (Make sure you are fit to pass this test).
10. If you passed your PFA, wait for your enlistment date (Date that your will be sent to basic training).
Hope this helps, and good luck!
There are excellent opportunities for leadership development within the army.
The training provided by the army was excellent, whether it was tactics or training to sustain operations around the world the army ensured its members were well trained.
Study. Get to know the basics about the history of the Australian Army and more importantly, get to know everything there is about the role you are applying for. All this information is available on Defence Jobs and the Army website. Lastly, know why you want to join. They will be interested to hear your motives in wanting to enlist.
Are there other pathways into a specific role other than having to follow the usual basic training followed by specialist training?
Not as an enlisted soldier. If you posses a STEM related degree, you may be eligible for entry as a Specialist Service Officer. Check the Defence Jobs website for specific information.