The Military Gap Year Scheme is a new initiative that will provide young Australians aged 17-24 years, who have completed year 12 (or equivalent) within the previous two years, an opportunity to experience military training and lifestyle for up to 12 months. Details are expected to be finalised by mid-2007 with the Scheme scheduled to commence in late 2007/ early 2008.
The experience provides an alternative option for those who seek to experience life in the Army, Navy or Air Force. Participants will be employed in core training or experiential employment categories and participate in a range of Defence related activities. It is not intended that gap year members will be deployed on military operations due to the length of time required for pre-deployment training and the extended duration of deployment.