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ADF Transition and Civil Recognition

ADF Transition Training & Skills Guides

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To foster an understanding of transferable military skills, the ADF Transition & Civil Recognition Project team created the ADF Transition Training & Skills Guides (brochures) to contextualise military skills in civilian language.  The 12 Guides address Service-equivalent rank levels from Seaman to Captain in Navy, Private to Colonel in Army, and Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman to Group Captain in Air Force.

The Guides position skills and ability by comparing like-for-like training and skills at rank and expressing these skills in civilian language.  They provide a foundation on which to build an employability profile – a CV, résumé, or employment record – by identifying general tasks and skills gained at rank during service.  They may assist in preparing for interview by showcasing how military and other skills acquired during service meet industry-identified priority skills.  These Guides do not address any technical or specialist skills developed during your service.

It is important that you don’t allow internal or external providers to direct, coerce, or corral you into a civilian vocation or discipline you don’t wish to pursue.  While some vocations may align closely to the training undertaken and skills acquired during your service this should not pigeon-hole your future employability.  Spend time reflecting on what you’ve done to date and the future path/s you desire.  The skills identified in these Guides are generic and apply to a range of civilian employment opportunities.

Who are the Guides for?

The Guides are intended for use by all veterans at any point in their career, including post-transition.  Articulating career and military skills in civilian language, they situate a member’s training and skills by rank within the Service hierarchy. 

The Guides have a use for those involved in the transitions process, those supervising, managing and overseeing military careers, and as a reference for civilian employers.

Printed Guides are available from ADF Transition Centres in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney (Defence Plaza and Liverpool), Melbourne, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth, Townsville, Wagga Wagga, Bandiana and Williamtown, or from the Army Personnel Coordination Detachments (APCD), or on request from the ADF TCR Project – – or pick up a copy from the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek.

Using the Guides

The Guides are designed to

  • articulate military skills and abilities in civilian language, and demonstrate how these meet civilian job needs
  • assist the veteran identify other tasks undertaken and skills gained during military service
  • situate a veteran’s training and skills by rank within the service hierarchy
  • provide accurate civilian terms for ‘military speak’
  • provide civilian language and context for a CV or résumé, and assist with writing an application
  • assist in preparing for interview

The Guides presume that veterans

  • reasonably possess the skills to the level identified
  • may not have performed all the core tasks, depending on their career path
  • have concurrently mastered a range of technical, trade and specialist skills during their career

View and Download the Guides

Information contained within the Guides has been tailored to specific ranks, please click the link below to open the guide that corresponds with your rank. In the table below, N = Navy Rank, A = Army Rank, AF = Air Force Rank.

To print Guides in a brochure style:  print double-sided on A4 paper, flip on short edge.