Government & Defence

Army Soldier

Army soldiers carry out general soldiering duties, or work in jobs in administration, transport, finance, supply or a variety of trades.

  • Entry-level education

    Junior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Army Soldier do?

Army soldiers carry out general soldiering duties, or work in jobs in administration, transport, finance, supply or a variety of trades.


Work activities

Army soldiers may perform the following tasks:

  • theoretical and field training in areas including administration, vehicle maintenance, computer skills and leadership
  • operation and maintenance of a wide variety of military equipment
  • general soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles and field equipment, and navigation
  • specialised tasks such as cooking, stores supply, ammunition supply, communication systems operation, electronic transmissions operation, or administration.

Key skills and interests

To become an army soldier, you would need:

  • self-discipline, confidence and initiative
  • good teamworking skills
  • the ability to think and react quickly in rapidly changing situations
  • good communication skills
  • good physical fitness
  • a willingness to be involved in combat.

You will need to meet aptitude and medical requirements, be willing to serve anywhere in Australia or overseas, be between 17 and 55 years of age on entry, and be an Australian citizen.


Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Army soldiers usually work a standard number of hours per week. On local or overseas deployments, hours will vary greatly.


Working conditions for soldiers vary greatly, from working in an office to spending extended time in rough conditions in the field. As an Army soldier you could be away from your family for long periods of time.

You could be posted to capital or regional cities throughout Australia, and may travel nationally or internationally. You would serve in a variety of units and roles throughout your career, and may also be required to fight in combat zones or provide peacekeeping and humanitarian services.


How to become an Army Soldier?

Entry Level Education

To become an Army soldier you usually have to complete junior secondary school or equivalent with passes in English and maths.

You will also need to successfully complete a series of aptitude tests, medical assessments and selection interviews.

All general entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the 80-day Recruit Course held near Wagga Wagga in NSW. During this course you would take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. Completion of this course is followed by specialised training for particular jobs.

As different specialisations have different entry requirements, you should contact Defence Force Recruiting for specific requirements.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

The total number of active-duty and reserve personnel serving in the Australian Armed Forces is currently expected to remain roughly the same.

The Australian Defence Force recruits throughout the year.


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