Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules transport aircraft during formation practice near Sydney.

As each of the three Services has similar but not identical organisational requirements, each of the Services conducts their own Officer Selection Boards (OSBs).

The following information relates to the RAAF Officer Selection Board (ROSB – pronounced “Ros-Bee”) but will be similar for the Army and Navy. For more information on the Navy and Army Aviation Careers go to Defence Jobs.

The Aviation Screening Program (ASP) assesses a candidate’s potential to achieve the technical proficiency and cognitive levels required for employment within the RAAF Officer Aviation (OA) job types. Technical skills are not the only skills that will need to be developed to become an effective RAAF OAC. Candidates will need to be able to communicate effectively, work as part of a team, make decisions and in the future – lead.  The ROSB will assess potential in these areas as well as motivation. As part of the ASP, candidates will be given some guidance on how to prepare for the OSB.

Unlike other phases in the selection process, where candidates are “screened out”, candidates need to be “selected in” to attend a ROSB. Therefore not everyone who is found suitable at the ASP will automatically be invited to attend a ROSB. Aviation Candidate Management Centre (ACMC) personnel will make the decision on who to invite to a ROSB based upon the candidate’s Preferences, Suitability (employment restrictions), Standing (primarily based on ASP results) and Demand (positions available).

The ROSB is not specific to OA and all RAAF officer candidates attend a common ROSB.  Therefore OA candidates may find themselves invited to a ROSB that also has candidates that are applying for engineering, administrative or medical roles. The ROSB aim to determine each applicant's motivation for wanting to join, their general knowledge of the RAAF, training and career progression. The ROSB also assesses the applicant’s understanding of the commitment required of RAAF officers. They also examine the personal qualities and leadership potential of applicants, as these are essential qualities. Applicants are expected to have a knowledge and understanding of significant current affairs in relation to the RAAF and the Australian Defence Force.

Depending on Preferences, Suitability, Standing and Demand, some candidates may be invited to attend a ROSB for more than one Air Academy pathway or more than one officer intake type. If this is the case, only one interview is required.

Each candidate is debriefed at the conclusion of their interview and they are advised if the ROSB has recommended them to progress further in the selection. Those candidates who are recommended will go into the distribution pool for consideration for appointment. Those candidates who are not recommended will be able to re-apply in 12 months (or the period decided by the ROSB). If applicants wish to apply again, they need to re-apply via Defence Force Recruiting.