A Loadmaster with No 37 Squadron, secures cargo straps on board a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules


The Royal Australian Air Force actively employs about 4,000 Air Force Reservists in a wide range of roles.

The Air Force Reserve is an essential part of the Air Force's workforce model. Air Force Reserve members may be employed in most parts of the Australian Defence Organisation. Once trained, you would normally be posted to a reserve position and work alongside Permanent Air Force members in support of day-to-day operations.

You may be called upon to support military operations or civilian emergencies, fill permanent Air Force positions under certain circumstances, or complete project work.

Joining the Air Force Reserves

If you are interested in a career in the Reserves (or the Permanent Air Force), learn more about the training, pay and benefits, and current jobs available at Defence Jobs.

Defence provides support to civilian employers and reserve employers. To learn more, visit Defence Reserves Support.

If you are currently in the RAAF Standby Reserve and wish to serve in the Operational Reserve or in the Permanent Air Force contact the Personnel Branch Selection Enlistment Appointments and Transitions (SEAT) cell to discuss vacancies and the transfer process. The SEAT email address is: DP-AFSeat.Transitions [at] defence.gov.au.

To confirm your status as a Standby Reserve member

You can email RAAF.StandbyReserve [at] defence.gov.au (civilians including ex-Air Force members).


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