Entry Methods

There are several ways to join the Navy and some jobs can have more than one entry method. This page will help you choose the best for you.

Choose General or Officer Entry

General Entry

General Entry

You'll find many excellent career options in the Navy that don’t require experience or qualifications. For these positions, you’ll receive all the training you need, be paid while you train and you could earn industry-recognised qualifications. While you are not required to have completed Year 12 to join, it's best to check each job page for specific entry and education requirements.

Other Ranks (Non Technical)

For those seeking more general positions

General Entry OR non technical General Entry OR non technical

Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent) with passes in English and Maths is the minimum educational requirement for a job in the Navy, and there are plenty of career opportunities to choose from. Some roles in this category require a pass in Year 10 Maths and Science, or passes in Year 11 (or equivalent) and above.

Other Ranks (Technical)

For those seeking technical training

General Entry OR technical General Entry OR technical

If you've completed Year 10 (or equivalent) with passes in English, Maths, Science and one other subject, you have a broad range of technical and trade apprenticeships to choose from in the Navy, and you'll be paid while you learn. Some trade roles also require Science with a Physics component so check individual job descriptions before starting your application.


For those who are already qualified

Qualified Technical Qualified Technical

If you already have an appropriate trade qualification you can join the Navy through this entry method and apply your skills to exciting new challenges. You'll find specific qualification requirements on each job page.


For those wishing to serve on a flexible part-time basis

General Entry Reserve General Entry Reserve

Working both at sea or ashore, men and women enjoy rewarding careers in the Navy Reserve. There are reserve jobs for qualified Musicians and Divers. Contact a Defence Recruiter to find out more.

Officer Entry

Officer Entry

If you aspire to be a Navy Officer you’ll need to meet the education requirements of the specific role you are applying for, details of which can be found on each job page. We offer Officer roles for school leavers (completed Year 12), undergraduates, graduates and qualified professionals.

General Officer Entry

For those applying for roles that don't need a degree

General Officer Entry General Officer Entry

As a Navy Officer you will be trained to be a leader, learning management and mentoring skills and taking responsibility for those under your command. Your Navy career will begin at the Royal Australian Naval College, Jervis Bay.

Australian Defence Force Academy

For those wishing to undertake a degree

Officer Entry ADFA Officer Entry ADFA

If you want to start a career as a Navy Officer whilst being paid to study a recognised degree from the University of New South Wales, you can enter the Navy via the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA).

Graduate Entry

For those with an appropriate degree

Officer Entry Graduate Entry Officer Entry Graduate Entry

If you have a recognised degree in a field such as Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Nursing, Engineering, Business or IT (amongst others), you can pursue your profession as a Navy Officer. Whether you’re a recent graduate or in the middle of your career, you’ll receive further training and post-graduate study opportunities in the Navy, so you can add an exciting new dimension to your work.

Undergraduate Entry

For those currently studying for a degree

Officer Entry Undergrad Officer Entry Undergrad

If you are studying a relevant degree at an Australian university and have completed at least one year of a three or four year course or two years of a five or six year degree, you could be eligible for Defence University Sponsorship and have your fees paid in return for a commitment to an Officer role in the Navy.

Graduate Medical Program

For those with a degree who wish to move into medicine

Graduate medical Graduate medical

If you hold an appropriate undergraduate degree, have successfully completed the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT), and have been accepted into an Australian university, you can apply to enter the Navy through the Graduate Medical Program. If successful, you’ll be sponsored as a medical practitioner, then serve as a Medical Officer.


For those wishing to serve on a part-time basis

Officer Entry Reserve Officer Entry Reserve

If you want to gain extra training and experience in your trade or profession, while doing something different and worthwhile for your country, you can apply to join the Navy Reserve. Please check the entry requirements and required periods of service on each job page.

Your commitment to the Navy

The Navy will invest a great deal of time and money in your training and development, so naturally each job has an 'Initial Minimum Period of Service' (IMPS). After this however, it's just like any other job where you can leave at any time, given the appropriate amount of notice.