Recruitment by Defence Force Recruiting

The first step in the ADF pilot selection process is initial testing and interviews by Defence Force Recruiting.

Testing includes basic officer and pilot aptitude tests, various written and physical skill assessments, and an initial medical assessment. All applicants undertake exactly the same tests. More detailed specialist medicals are conducted in later phases.

Interviews assess an applicant's level of interest and motivation for becoming ADF pilot. Applicants are also assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the training, conditions of service and future career paths of an ADF pilot. They will also be asked if they have a Service preference (Navy, Army or Air Force) or if they would prefer to decide later. Interviews are conducted by a psychologist and a recruiting officer.

The ADF Pilot Selection Agency coordinates the participation of successful applicants in the next phase of the ADF pilot selection process, the Flight Screening Program.