Government & Defence

Air Force General Entrant

Air Force general entrants carry out a range of specialised land and air-based Air Force duties.

  • Entry-level education

    Senior secondary school certificate or equivalent

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Air Force General Entrant do?

Air Force general entrants carry out a range of specialised land and air-based Air Force duties.


Work activities

As an Air Force general entrants, you might:

  • perform general duties such as navigation, traffic control, administration and patrolling
  • complete training in advanced technology across areas such as aviation or secure communications
  • operate and maintain a wide variety of military equipment
  • complete theoretical and fieldwork training in weaponry and combat situations
  • undertake specialised tasks such as air surveillance or intelligence, base security, cooking, or medical or dental duties.

Key skills and interests

To become an Air Force general entrant, 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

Airmen / airwomen usually work a standard number of hours per week. On local or overseas deployments, hours will vary greatly.


Working conditions for Air Force general entrants vary greatly, from working in an office to spending extended time in the field. You must be prepared to move anywhere within Australia and overseas, and could be away from your family for long periods of time.


How to become an Air Force General Entrant?

Entry Level Education

To become an Air Force general entrant you usually have to complete your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent with passes in English and maths. Certain roles may require you to have a tertiary science unit also; physics would be the most appropriate.

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

All Air Force general entrants are required to complete the 13-week Royal Australian Air Force recruit course at RAAF Base Wagga in Wagga Wagga, NSW. During this course you would take part in physical training, learn military law, weaponry, airfield defense, fire fighting and parade drills. Completion of this course is followed by specialised training for particular jobs.

As different specialisations have different entry requirements, you should contact your nearest Defence Force Recruiting Centre 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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