In the Reserves you'll improve both your physical and mental fitness, while learning new skills. The training may complement and build on your day job or prepare you a completely new role.

World-class instruction

Australian Defence Force training is totally free, highly respected across many industries, and can provide you with nationally-accredited qualifications.

Learn new skills

In many Reserve roles you'll receive training that relates directly to your everyday occupation, providing skill and character development that benefit both your employer and your career prospects.

Improve your fitness

Some Reserve roles involve more fitness training than others, which many recruits really enjoy. The emphasis is on achieving reasonable levels of fitness in a supportive environment.

Make a difference

To prepare you for any peacekeeping, humanitarian or disaster-relief operations you may have the option to join as a Reserve, you’ll undertake a period of general military training.

Training snapshots

In general, all recruit training has to be completed within 18 months to two years of joining the Navy, Army or Air Force Reserve.

Navy Training
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Reserve General Entry Sailor Recruit Course
HMAS Cerberus, Westernport, VIC

  • 3 weeks Basic Naval Knowledge
  • 2 weeks additional skills and sea training

Navy Officers Navy Officers



Reserve Entry Officer Course
HMAS Creswell, Jervis Bay, NSW

  • 2 weeks residential
  • A period distance learning at home
  • 2 weeks at sea

Learn more about Navy Reserve training

Army Training
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Reserve Recruit Training Course
Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, NSW

  • 35 days

Initial Employment Training
Usually at your local Reserve unit

  • 2-7 weeks within 18 months, in blocks

Army General Service Officers Army General Service Officers

General Service Officers

Reserve Recruit Training Course
Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, NSW

  • 35 days

Various team leadership courses
Sydney University Regiment, Singleton, NSW

  • 3 x 16 days

All Corps Army Reserve Platoon Commander course
RMC Duntroon, Canberra, ACT

  • 28 days

Army Specialist Service Officers Army Specialist Service Officers

Specialist Service Officers

(Profession / trade qualified)

Specialist Service Officer First Appointment Course
Various locations across Australia
  • 1 x 26-day module
  • 1 x 16-day module

Learn more about Army Reserve training

Air Force Training
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Recruit Course
RAAF Base Wagga, NSW

  • 10.6 weeks over four phases

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Initial Officer Course
RAAF Base East Sale, VIC

  • 17 weeks total broken into five phases

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Specialist Reserve

(Profession / trade qualified)

Familiarisation Course
RAAF Base East Sale, VIC
  • 6 days

Learn more about Air Force Reserve training