ADF Gap Year - Navy
The Navy Gap Year program provides Year 12 school leavers with an alternative to other options such as travelling and temporary work before taking up tertiary or vocational training or other paid employment. The Navy Gap Year program offers a 'try before you buy' experience of Navy training and lifestyle for young men and women, without any obligation to serve beyond the 12 month program. The program offers challenging workplace experiences within various Navy career streams that are the same as those undertaken by full-time members of the Navy.
As a Gap Year participant you will receive an attractive salary during the program and benefit from standard ADF employment entitlements such as free medical and dental care, subsidised accommodation and meals and employment allowances. You will be supported throughout your training by professional and enthusiastic Navy personnel who will provide the guidance necessary for you to achieve your goals. This will begin at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus where you will be required to pass the same level of training over an 11 week course as all permanent Navy recruits prior to continuing with the program.
Recruit School is a demanding and invigorating environment where you will be challenged to meet Navy standards of fitness, demeanour and behaviour. You are advised to click on the link to understand the sort of experiences you will face during your initial training. After completing Recruit School , you will be as fit for service as any other graduate.
The Gap Year program will provide you with experiences and skills that will benefit you in your career and personal life long after you graduate. You will be employed as a General Duty Sailor and will be a fully integrated member of either a ship or employment in an Establishment or resident units within Establishments. Your Gap Year will be broken up into different stages.
This will give you the opportunity to receive basic training and to tour Navy's different bases. You will experience life at sea, as well as what it is like to be employed ashore. Irrespective of the different areas in which you may be placed, you will be provided with the opportunity to contribute to the operation of the ship or unit.
Examples of the type of seamanship skills that you may get to learn and participate in include general rigging and rope work, berthing and casting off, watch on deck, anchor work, and a range of seamanship evolutions..