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In times of cri­sis, coun­tries rely on their Army, Navy and Air Force. Per­son­nel can work in a wide range of roles, from com­bat to in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to me­chan­ics to chap­laincy. Re­quired qual­i­fi­ca­tions and salaries also vary. An aero­nau­ti­cal en­gi­neer in the Navy, for ex­am­ple, earns about $32,000 a year in their first year of train­ing but after four years and grad­u­a­tion, this jumps to about $76,000 a year, or $90,000 in­clud­ing ex­tra al­lowances. Ap­pli­cants can com­plete their de­gree through the Aus­tralian De­fence Force Academy or join the De­fence Force al­ready qual­i­fied, such as with a Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing (Hon­ours) (Elec­tri­cal and Aero­space). An­other op­tion is to spend a gap year with ADF to get a taste for the job with­out com­mit­ting be­yond 12 months. Those that stay on as in­fantry soldiers in the Army, for ex­am­ple, can earn as much as $61,000 a year, in­clud­ing salary and al­lowances.

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