Become A Doctor With The Australian Army: Entry Requirements

February 28, 2014

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Age Requirement

Graduate applicants may apply up to the age of 56 years. The compulsory retirement age for Medical Officers is 60 years.

For the Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Programs, the maximum age for entry is calculated so that all applicants can complete their degree, residency and their Initial Minimum Period of Service obligation prior to compulsory retirement age of 60 years.

All Graduate (Reserve) applicants must be aged between 17 and 60 years of age inclusive on entry.

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Only individuals who are Australian citizens are allowed to serve in the Australian Defence Forces (ADF).

The ADF may temporarily waive the citizen requirement for a Permanent Resident of Australia if an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements cannot be found to fill particular position. This is only done in exceptional circumstances. Following enlistment or appointment, the applicant will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible.

Security Requirement

The Department of Defence requires all ADF entrants to have the appropriate security clearance. The Regional Security Office will make an informed assessment of an applicant’s suitability for a security clearance based on a series of background checks and collection of relevant information.

According to the current policy, all applicants for this particular avenue of entry should have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years or should have a checkable background for this period.

Aptitude Requirement

All applications who wish to join the Australian Defence Force are required to complete a series of aptitude tests. This could include verbal, spatial, numerical and general maths tests. The aptitude tests provide crucial information about each applicant’s suitability for the Defence Force and for specific jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Education & Experience

Graduate Program

To be appointed as a Medical Officer in the Army, you must already be registered to practice as a medical practitioner under the laws of the Commonwealth or a State of Australia. If you are still doing your residency/intern and are not yet registered, you must hold qualifications that will enable you to be registered. Documentary proof of registration must be provided.

Graduate Medical Program

You must have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree, which may include humanities related degrees such as BA, BEd or BBus. You must also have successfully completed the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test and been accepted by an Australian university of your choice.

Failure during Degree Studies: If you fail an examination and are unable to progress to the next academic year or graduate, your appointment may be terminated and recovery of all costs including salary, fees and books would usually be initiated in these cases. A student may be approved to repeat the year at the ADF expense or student’s personal expense under certain circumstances.

Undergraduate Program

To qualify for Army Undergraduate sponsorship, you must have completed Year 12 with passes in English and three other academic subjects and successfully completed at least 2 years of a 5 or 6 year full-time degree at a faculty of Medicine.

Medical & Fitness Requirements 

To be enlisted or appointed, all applicants must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. In addition to completing an extensive medical history questionnaire, all applicants are also required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before enlistment.