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Great teamwork environment. Potential to expand and learn
Aeronautical Life Support Fitter (Current Employee) –  Richmond NSW, Amberley QLD12 August 2018
Great for single or co-defence people. Ability to travel, study and further yourself for personal gain and experience. Strive to excell to further your career as you progress through the ranks
Pros
Travel due to work
Cons
Having to move the family every 3 to 6 years when you just want stability
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A community within the community
Administrative Support OH&S Team (Former Employee) –  Australia6 June 2018
Military career was incredible and varied each and every day something new was provided to challenge everyone. Truly recommend this lifestyle for anyone who wishes to travel with an incredible team.
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Great Salary
Personnel Capability Specialist (Administration) (Former Employee) –  Australia7 May 2018
Great benefits like medical and dental, subsidized housing.
Travel opportunities are fantastic depending on your field of expertise and your rank and position.
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Great opportunities for advancement
Clerk Admin (Former Employee) –  Edinburgh SA8 December 2017
A great career for anyone looking for security, fun, and variety in their role. Sporting persuits are highly encouraged and further studies are can often be paid for as a return of service deal. And of course travel, you will have amazing opportunities to travel domestically and internationally.
Pros
Sporty, advancement, travel
Cons
Discipline is not for everyone
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Secure emplyment
Movements Operator (Former Employee) –  Amberley QLD7 October 2017
Great benefits and opportunity for career advancement. Travel often required, plenty of courses to be done that can be transferred to civilian qualifications upon discharge.
Pros
Career advancement
Cons
Time away from family
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Fun and exciting workplace with a variety of different experences
Movements (Current Employee) –  Darwin NT28 September 2017
Movements is a fast paced and exciting environment to work in, we work as a team to achieve our end goal, defence capability.
Working in a team environment is enjoyable and we all get a sense of pride when we have acheived our end goal.
Pros
Enjoyable work place
Cons
Sometimes over exercise we do very long hours
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RAAF serve anywhere anytime
Flight Lieutenant (Former Employee) –  Australia and overseas17 September 2017
In the RAAF or Defence Forces there isn't really a typical day at work. You go to your place of work knowing there are certain tasks to perform with the expectation that things could change at anytime during that day.

Things I learnt were, teamwork, acceptance of authority, how to question authority, diligence, integrity, trust, time management and foreseeing obstacles and what needs to be done next.

The ranking structure of the RAAF gave clear guidance and career structure which enhanced the workplace culture of achieving the goals that were set by those in leadership.

Sometimes some of the tasks that were set weren't what I would call necessary but they were character building.

It was always enjoyable when you had achieved the objective.
Pros
Friendships
Cons
The potential
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Great Workplace
Operations Team Leader (Former Employee) –  Townsville QLD5 July 2017
Great opportunity to build up skills and meet lots of different people. Even if you join as a particular job there are opportunities to undertake other duties and jobs.
Pros
See the Country on a good wage.
Cons
You go where your needed, so your preferences may be negleted
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Travel the World
Logistics Officer (Former Employee) –  Canberra ACT13 June 2017
The Royal Australian Air Force is a respected employer and rightly so, it follows the guidelines provided by legislation to an absolute value. However, that doesn't necessarily mean you get to work for the best people. In fact, you'd be surprised by the people who actually 'get in' and 'stay in' since it's literally the safest job in the world. Sadly, those who get promoted are not necessarily the best at what they do, rather they know who to rub the right way, or they know someone who knows someone. Staff-in-confidence is a joke in the RAAF, so be careful who you tell what. It's a smaller organization than you think, and you can count on being ousted if you do not fit the culture of your chosen mustering or specialization. If you can play the game, and you can work the system, the RAAF is your best friend. However, if you're a round peg going into a square hole, you won't get far in this organization.
Pros
Benefits, Super Annuation, Rent Assistance, Free Medical and Dental
Cons
Travel A lot, Lack of Work Life Balance, Do what your told
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Fun for a single man
Aircraft Technician (Former Employee) –  Adelaide SA16 May 2017
The work is rewarding and provides a purpose that I have been longing for since, the ability to travel around the world and meet people from all walks of life is fantastic
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Avionics Technician (Former Employee) –  Wagga Wagga NSW5 April 2017
The RAAF was an enjoyable and professional work environment that looked after all employees. The lifestyle was relatively relaxed. Work was completed with a high standard and as quickly as possible due to time restrictions.
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Its a very happy and friendly working environment
Manager (Former Employee) –  Malaysia24 March 2017
Its a very friendly and safe working environment. If you talk about defence their safety is the main concerns. It's really unbevileable enjoyable experience .
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Extremely difficult for career progression.
Aircraft Technician (Current Employee) –  Perth WA28 February 2017
Great opportunity to see the world, adventure and gain a qualification that gets paid for you to acquire.
Depending on what job role, career progression can be extremely slow.
Pros
Free health care
Cons
Pineapples
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Excellent work place
Defence Intelligence Research/Analyst (Former Employee) –  Australia18 February 2017
Great atmosphere to work in. Intelligent people and work ethics are great. Training was second to none and efficient. Hours were ok and family orientated.
Pros
Training and promotions
Cons
pay was a bit low for expectations
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Great place of work.
Logistics Officer (Current Employee) –  Melbourne Western Suburbs VIC2 November 2016
Military and former military personal form a unique company of people, they have experiences that are often difficult for the general public to understand.
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Exciting
Corporal Radio Technician (Former Employee) –  Australia8 July 2016
Had a great time in the airforce and was very happy with my position teaching junior technicians in new radar technology, I also rated well with my numerous students.
Pros
Definite excitement
Cons
no cons
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fast paced enrironment
Catering Capability Specialist (Former Employee) –  Newcastle NSW26 June 2016
• Employed in all aspects of food preparation and production.
• This includes purchase, receipt, storage, preparation, cookery, presentation and serving the finished product.
• Field Cookery;
o Establishing Camp
o Setting up kitchen
o Food supply
o Menu preparation
• Teamwork an important part in maintaining exceptional standard of food service.
• Time management to ensure meals reach servery, by time of service.
• Management of shift, incorporated teamwork, time frame, problem solving keeping moral high.
Pros
got to workout during the day
Cons
free lunch was not included
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Being an organisation that is family friendly, good working conditions, promote safe environment. Benefits and pay are pretty good
Personnel Capability Specialist (Former Employee) –  Various bases around Australia25 June 2016
There is no typical day at work, as the Personnel Capability Specialist is very wide in their scope of work.

I have learnt teamwork and leadership, with both external and internal organisations, various ranks, difficult problems that requrire research, attention to detail.

Management, as per all work places, you get your good and your bad. You are unable to choose the good and bad mangement, but learn to work with what you have.

Again, co-workers vary depending on their motivation to be in the job, how much they are willing to learn/pay attention too.

Hardest part of the job, depending on the job I am tasked to do

The most enjoyable part of the job, serving the country, learning many new skills, meeting various countries while working
Pros
Mateship, learn new skills
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good work environment
Steward (Former Employee) –  Sydney NSW4 June 2016
clock on, start doing rooms, then serve breakfast in dinning room clean dinning room then finish doing rooms serve lunch in dinning room clean dinning room then finish up with rooms. Learn't how to set up dinning rooms cleaning rooms typing up menu's ,cleaning silver. Co-workers got on well best team out lots of laugh there was no hardest part of the job and the management were good role models. Being a flight steward and flying VIP around the world. Serving drinks and food to other service personnel
Pros
none
Cons
none
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Fun environment for growth
Supply Chain Supervisor (Staff Sergeant) (Former Employee) –  Australia30 July 2015
Overhauled Supply Discrepancy Report program throughout various organizations; reviewed submissions of fraud, waste, and abuse of assets, and recovered monies for stock fund. Created accountability logs, tracked and processed customer receipts.
Pros
Travel experience
Cons
None
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