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Why Employ Ex-Defence Staff

Approximately 5000 Defence people exit the Australian Defence Forces each year. They include engineers, project managers, technicians, trainers, administrators, IT managers, mechanics, fitters, drivers, chefs, nurses, pilots, operations managers, facilities managers and communications experts, just to name a few. Today's Defence use cutting edge technology to its very limits. However, technical attributes are not the only qualities that ex-Defence staff have to offer employers.

Ex-Defence people:

  • Possess unrivalled life experience and exemplary self discipline
  • Have proven themselves in arduous working conditions under highly stressful situations
  • Are extremely loyal and reliable
  • Take responsibility for their actions and generally get things right first time.
  • Are quick to learn and adapt to new situations with ease
  • Are motivated problem solvers with a "can-do' attitude
  • Are adept at planning and organising, teamwork communication and man-management and leadership
  • Drug Free
  • Will have held an Australian government security clearance at some stage

Leadership Qualities

Leadership and management skills are highly regarded in the commercial sector across the globe. In fact, many of the leadership and management training techniques first used by Defence, have been adopted by civilian organisations for the development of their staff. A great majority of Defence personnel are capable instructors, ranging from teaching basic theory to highly technical subjects such as electronics or mechanical engineering.


Defence personnel usually move job locations every 2 to 3 years and are accustomed to changes in their working patterns and environment.  With adapting to these new environments, comes the ability to very quickly assimilate to the new workplace and also new workmates. 

Safety First Consciousness

They face danger and discomfort while maintaining superior OH&S standards.  Their comprehensive training with a zero tolerance for accidents is unparalleled.  They remain calm and courteous when under considerable provocation. This breeds self-discipline and determination.

Courage and Loyalty

Integrity is part of everything that Defence people do. They develop not only physical courage, but more importantly moral courage, including loyalty to their employer and to other team members.


There are many occasions in a service career when the individual has to act on his or her own initiative, and to keep going even in extreme circumstances. This breeds the ability to complete goals, self-motivation and self-confidence.

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