Gap Year program


One year tryout of military life

If military duties in not-so-average environments sounds exciting, then undertaking a Defence Force Gap Year may be the post-graduate life young men and women seek. The program offers young Australians exciting opportunities within the Australian Defence Force, allowing them to experience military life while contributing to the Air Force’s overall capability.

As part of the Air Force chapter of the Gap Year program, nine participants recently graduated as RAAF Crew Attendants and will now be posted to either No 33 Squadron at RAAF Amberley or No 34 Squadron in Canberra, to continue their careers within the Permanent Air Force.

Wing Commander Peter Gibb said the Gap Year program has continued to mature, as it targets Year 12 graduates 17 – 24 years of age to serve for an initial period of 12 months.

“During their 12 months service, the participants undertake the same initial recruit and employment training continuum as Permanent Air Force members, ensuring they provide a meaningful contribution in the workplace,” WGCDR Gibb said.

Gap Year programs develop personal and professional qualities and develop skills the participants can continue to use in the future. Once the Gap Year has finished, graduates can choose to continue a career within the ADF or explore alternative career paths.

Anyone interested in participating in the AFGY or other Gap Year program can find out more at


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