The Navy Gap Year program provides young Australians an opportunity to broaden their life experience with only a one year commitment. The program offers a 'try before you buy' experience of Navy training and lifestyle, without any obligation to serve beyond the program period.

In 12 memorable months you'll experience life and work in the Navy, while enjoying

  • a good salary plus generous superannuation
  • highly varied work experience
  • free medical and dental
  • world-class trade training
  • subsidised accommodation
  • a supportive team environment
  • free access to sports and fitness facilities on base
  • friendships that last a lifetime

At the end of the program you can choose to continue your career in the Navy, or use the skills and experiences you've acquired to secure an alternative career path.

Your Gap Year role

As a Navy Gap Year Maritime Warfare Officer you will experience what it takes to be part of the control team on board a Navy ship or submarine. If you want to develop your leadership abilities, this role will give you that opportunity in a completely unique environment. As a Navy Gap Year Maritime Warfare Officer, you will be immersed in Navy's warfare environment, experiencing some of Australia's most advanced ships, submarines and leading-edge technology. In this role, you will work closely with those in charge, Maritime Warfare Officers. Maritime Warfare Officers undertake a wide variety of jobs throughout their career. These are designed to equip them with the skills and experience required for more senior roles in the higher management of the Navy. This experience will give you a unique insight into their duties, including watch keeping, navigation and ensuring the safety of the vessel and members on board.

As a Navy Gap Year Maritime Warfare Officer you will have experiences and develop skills that will benefit you in your career and personal life long after you graduate. Your Gap Year will be broken up into different stages. This will give you the opportunity to receive basic training and to tour Navy's different bases. You will experience life at sea, as well as what it is like to be employed ashore in Navy Officer roles. As a Navy Gap Year Maritime Warfare Officer you will be provided with the opportunity to contribute to the operation of the ship or unit.

Ready for an exciting and adventurous gap year? Then apply now.


  • Fully-paid training
  • Starting salary from $32,000 p.a equiv. plus superannuation
  • Numerous other benefits such as free medical and dental care, and access to sports and leisure facilities


  • The 9-week Initial Entry Officer Course is conducted at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay on the South Coast of NSW.
  • The Shore Establishment tour may include visits to:
    • Fleet Base East, HMAS Penguin, HMAS Watson and HMAS Waterhen in Sydney
    • HMAS Albatross and HMAS Creswell at Nowra
    • Fleet Base West in Western Australia at HMAS Stirling
  • Assignment to Sea Deployment and Shore Employment at Establishments could be in a range of locations around Australia.

Entry Requirements

  • Aged between 18-24 years old by completion of military training, which is dependent on each intake. January intake must be 18 by 29 March 2019; July intake must be 18 by 20 September 2019.
  • Australian citizen at time of enlistment
  • At a minimum, Year 12 level of secondary education (or equivalent) to Officer Entry standard with passes in English and three other tertiary accredited subjects.

Medical and fitness guidelines also apply.