Us Army Assignments In Australia


The Army will use the OLTS process to identify suitable candidates to fill identified vacancies within future posting cycles. Noting that vacancies change on a regular basis, expressions of interest are welcome from applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria detailed above. Candidates will only be invited to submit a full application where they are determined as suitable and their qualifications, experience and potential can be mapped against potential vacancies for that recruitment window.

The following Employment Categories are deemed ‘recruitment priorities’ for Army:

The following Employment Categories regularly have vacancies available for OLTS selection:

Officer Workforce:

General Service Officers. (Lieutenant to Major)

  • All Corps
  • Integrated Logistic Support (Acquisition and Sustainment) Qualified Officers

Specialist Service Officers

Other Ranks Workforce:

Other Employment Categories:

Expressions of interest are welcome from applicants who meet the general eligibility criteria but do not necessarily have the qualifications and experience for the Employment Categories detailed above. Each expression of interest will be assessed at the time of submission against vacancies for that recruitment window.

Application Key Steps

Expression of Interest. Your expression of interest is your first contact with the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army. You are encouraged to provide as much detail as you possibly can; both in the electronic submission fields and your Curriculum Vitae/Resume. Your Curriculum Vitae/Resume should focus on your military qualifications and experience.

Full Application. If your expression of interest is suitable and a potential vacancy identified, you will be invited to submit a full application pack which will be sent to you electronically. The key components of the application pack are:

  • Civilian Education Certificates
  • Civilian Trade and Course Certificates
  • Military Trade and Course Certificates
  • Military Service History (Units and Rank/Promotions)
  • Annual Performance Appraisal Reports

As your qualifications and experience will be assessed to ascertain your potential ADF Employment Category, it is important that you provide as much information as possible. This initial assessment forms the basis of any potential offer that the delegate may offer you later on in the application process.

Where your supporting documentation is not produced in English, you are required to provide an ‘official and endorsed’ transcript of the document. Unfortunately the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army is unable to assist with translation services. Documents that have not been translated will not be considered.

Selection Board. Once your potential Employment Category has been confirmed, you will be invited to attend a Selection Board in either London or Canberra. You should be prepared to attend the Selection Board over two consecutive days. You will be given the opportunity to identify your preferred attendance days and, although there is no guarantee given, you will be advised your confirmed attendance dates no later than 30 days prior to that date.

Applicants are responsible for their own costs to attend the Selection Board. On Day 1 applicants will undertake entry psychological testing and a medical review. On Day 2 the applicant’s spouse/partner is welcome to attend briefings in the morning; however they will not be included in the formal Selection Board process.

Medical Documents. Prior to attending the Selection Board, you will be requested to provide the following key documents:

  • ADF Medical Entry Questionnaire
  • ADF Entry Level Medical Examination Form
  • ADF Dental Clinical Record Form
  • ADF Eye Examination Form
  • Copy of your military medical and dental documents

An Australian Senior Medical Officer will use the above documents during your health assessment as part of the Selection Board process. Applicants who do not satisfy initial medical entry standards will not be appointed / enlisted into the Army.

Letter of Offer. Based upon the initial Employment Category assessment and your performance at the Selection Board, you may be sent a Letter of Offer. This is your appointment/enlistment offer (job offer) which you must either accept or reject within 28 days. The Letter of Offer will specify the employment category, rank and pay details along with your initial posting details (unit and location) that you are being offered. The delegate will not enter into any negotiation over the detail contained within the Letter of Offer.

Visa Process. Once you have accepted your Letter of Offer, the Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army will sponsor you for a Subclass 186 visa from The Department of Immigration and Border Protection. You will then be provided the Transaction Reference Number to allow you to commence the visa application process online. The visa processing time with The Department of Immigration and Border Protection can be between six and twelve months.

Resignation. Applicants must provide proof of discharge/separation from their current military service (including release from all Reserve Service obligations) before appointment/enlistment with the Australian Army. Applicants cannot join the Australian Army whilst on terminal leave.

Appointment/Enlistment. Prior to moving to your initial posting locality within Australia, you will be required to attend an Australian Embassy or High Commission to confirm your appointment/enlistment. This will generally be immediately prior to your movement to Australia.

Contact details

Please note that Australian Embassy and High Commission staff do not have an active role in the OLTS application process. All correspondence is to be addressed to:

Selections and Appointments Cell

Directorate of Career Management Integration – Army BP 29-4

PO BOX 7980

Canberra BC ACT 2610 Australia

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All expressions of interest must have a curriculum vitae/resume attached. There is no preferred design or format; however, they should highlight your military career/experience and be submitted as a Microsoft Word document or as a PDF file. All fields of the electronic template must be completed.

Missing information or expressions of interest not submitted with a curriculum vitae/resume will cause delays on processing your application.

Submit an expression of interest:

Officer contacts

Directorate of Officer Career Management – Army
Brindabella Business Park

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Soldier contacts

Transition Group
Directorate of Soldier Career Management - Army
Level 3 Bld 29-3
Brindabella Business Park

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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 20, 2013) -- Spending two years immersed in the Australian defense science and technology community provided new perspectives for a U.S. Army engineer.

Steve Carrig said his work with the Australian military allowed tremendous access to end users -- Soldiers -- because of the country's smaller size.

"Having the chance to work with Soldiers on a more routine basis gives you a sense of who you're working for," said Carrig, who participated in the Army's Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program from July 2011 to June 2013 at the Defense Science and Technology Office. "Having spent two years in a more closely knit environment really drove it home.

"That's something that I won't forget. Even if I'm sitting here in an office every day, managing things from afar, it reminds me that's what I'm doing."

Mid-career level Army engineers and scientists can apply through ESEP to work with an American ally for a year with the possibility of an extension. Applicants may arrange for an assignment from a list of 17 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and Australia.

Jason Craley, a member of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Global Technology Integration team, works with interested ESEP applicants and coordinates the packages before submitting them to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Defense Exports and Cooperation. He said applications should be aligned to Army S&T objectives.

"The intent is to have someone come back from an assignment and be of benefit to the Army for many years to come with new experiences, insights and relationships gained abroad," Craley said.

While working at the DSTO's Human Protection and Performance Division, Carrig was on a team responsible for launching the Environmental Test Facility. At the ETF, the Australians use the Chemical Articulated Test Manikin, known as CARTMAN, to provide data on how the seams and interfaces of chemical-biological suits withstand human movements.

A chemical engineer with RDECOM's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center since 2005, Carrig said his background in testing and engineering complemented the expertise of his Australian colleagues, who were primarily scientists.

"When I got there, the chamber had just been commissioned, and I was trying to validate everything that was involved," he said. "My test experience played heavily for getting the chamber up and running for their programs. I was an engineer who was threaded into their team and gave them a slightly different way of approaching things."

Because of budget delays, Carrig did not see the project to fruition before his ESEP assignment ended. However, he gained experience from new types of work and saw tremendous value in his time with the Australian scientists and Soldiers.

"In Australia, as a product of it being a much smaller community, the Soldiers would come in and be involved," Carrig said. "Special Forces would come in routinely and train with our scientists. We would show them what we were working on with the suits and had conversations about our research.

"It also gave me a chance to work in a lab, which I had not really done. I had always been on the test and program management side. It let me get my hands dirty for a couple of years."

Now back home, Carrig is assigned to the Joint Program Manager for Nuclear Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance. He works on the Joint U.S. Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition program, where he oversees three prongs of equipment assessments in South Korea, Hawaii and APG.

Despite differences in the size of their militaries, Carrig saw similarities in each country's goals.
"[The United States and Australia] are trying to do the same thing with limited resources and provide the best we can for the Soldiers," he said.

Craley said the ESEP application requires four elements: a resume, a list of career-broadening objectives, a well-defined and thorough position description outlining the assignment, and an endorsement letter signed by a Senior Executive Service member or general officer. Language capability and a cost estimate are also required for the desired country.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for up to three countries in case their first assignment is not available.

RDECOM reviews and scores each application according to several criteria, including the applicant's educational and career background. A bachelor's degree in science or engineering is required to apply, and individuals with advanced degrees score higher.

The next application opportunity will be ESEP Group 11, which is expected to be released in April 2014, Craley said. Packages would be due to RDECOM GTI in early October 2014, with deployments beginning in August 2015.

For more information on ESEP, contact Jason Craley at (410) 278-8591 or


RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.


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