Salary & Benefits

No matter whether you choose an Officer role in the Navy, Army or Air Force, you’ll get more benefits than most careers in the civilian world – or even in other Defence Force roles. From being surrounded by other like-minded individuals to gaining leadership experience overseas, to hands-on, tailored career management, it’s a career – and a lifestyle – that’s truly unique:


Officers don’t start from the bottom. You’ll quickly take on the task of leading teams of trained professionals and making real decisions – meaning you’ll get practical experience from a young age that you’d otherwise spend years working towards in most other jobs.


Moving quickly up the ranks means you’ll constantly take on new responsibility and challenges, allowing you to experience a lot in your job, fast. Plus, you’ll get the chance to move around roles easily too – so you don’t have to be afraid that you’ll be stuck in the same job for long. Our hands-on career-management team can work with you to help tailor your roles to your specific career goals too, meaning that you can apply to move where you want throughout your career – and gain as many diverse job experiences as you desire.


With our specialist training, you’ll quickly become an expert in your field – and with the opportunity to even train and update your skills overseas, you’ll be at a world-class level. The skills you learn won’t just be relevant in your Officer role either – they’ll be real-world skills that every employer will look for, but that only the best candidates will have. Best of all, you’ll be paid to train, so you’ll gain these skills without the hefty student loan.


Whether you want to take on an undergraduate degree, diploma or even post-graduate study, we can help you get there – through subsidised or fully-funded course fees and even paid study leave. 

See how each service can help you:

Navy    Army    Air Force



From operations in Antarctica to exercises on the other side of the world, travel will be a major component of your career. Your experiences working alongside people of other cultures and in unfamiliar environments will add unique skills to your CV, plus give you personal insights into other cultures that most people will never see. You may even get the chance to train in world-class facilities across the globe, or participate in exchange programmes with other Militaries, including those in the UK, US and Australia.



Your travels won’t just be all work and no play. With plenty of downtime, you’ll get the chance to explore places outside of hours too – meaning you’ll get experiences after work and on weekends that others can only dream of. Plus, since you’ll already be overseas, many of your travel costs will already be covered.


You’ll get to work with some of the latest and most advanced technology and equipment that can’t be found anywhere else – so your skills will be at the forefront of the ever-changing technological environment.


Just like in other jobs your free time will be your own – with the added benefit that you can take advantage of free access to our gyms, pools, libraries and recreation facilities, not to mention other clubs and sporting teams. Officers have access to their own private areas too, with privileges such as entry to the Officers’ Mess/Ward Room, which includes exclusive dining and bar facilities.


A career in the Defence Force means setting yourself up with a wider network – not just of friends, but with a team of some of the most knowledgeable, specialised experts in the country. As you complete your initial Officer training on base, you won’t just be surrounded by other like-minded individuals at work, but after hours too – so you don’t have to be worried that you’re in it alone. There’s also the opportunity to be involved in the wider community outside of base too, with Officers often invited to represent the Defence Force in community events.


There are plenty of opportunities to further your sporting career, with plenty of teams on and off base from rugby to basketball, volleyball, netball, football, cycling, athletics and more. Our teams often take trips overseas to compete internationally too, with the ability to take special sporting leave or even apply for the Defence Force to sponsor your trip.


As a family-focused employer, you’ll be able to work your career around your family, with the ability to take maternity or parental leave as necessary. And just like other jobs, you can also take time away from your role in the Defence Force as you wish – whether to pursue other work opportunities, travel or simply gain different experience  – and can apply to re-enlist at any time, in the same or a different role.


Not only are our salaries comparable with those you’d find in other jobs, but you can take advantage of additional benefits such as subsidised food and accommodation on base, free uniforms and job-related clothing, access to gym, clubs and leisure facilities, plus free medical and dental care. To see how your salary will move up as you do, see the salary tables for each service:

Navy    Army    Air Force