Benefits of Employing Reservists

Defence Reservists are from all professions and trades within the community. They volunteer for service in the Navy, Army and Air Force. They’re highly motivated people who take on training and service with enthusiasm and commitment.

Why they are so important

Defence is increasingly drawing on the skills and expertise of Reservists to maintain ADF capability. Reservists regularly play a supporting role in major Australian events and activities. They have also provided humanitarian relief to communities in Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa and Somalia. They served alongside their full-time counterparts to increase security and stability in Bougainville and have deployed on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands and East Timor. They help to secure Australia’s borders.

Reservists make a valuable contribution to the community, providing assistance in times of natural disasters such as floods, tropical cyclones and fires and in emergency rescue operations. They helped rebuild lives and communities following various domestic disasters. Reservists develop skills and experience through formal Defence courses, on-going refresher training, and on the job as they put their skills into practice.

What Reservists offer Employers

Reservists have skills that can be transferred directly to their civilian organisation:

  • core skills - leadership, teamwork, problem solving and communication
  • practical and military skills - useful for resourcefulness, precision, perseverance and the ability to improvise in difficult circumstances
  • personal skills - loyalty, reliability, integrity, determination and confidence
  • nationally recognised qualifications such as heavy vehicle licences.

Some Reservists also have specialist skills.

These include:

  • advanced communications using computer, radio and satellite technology
  • language skills for intelligence and administrative operations
  • handling explosives, dangerous chemicals or waste
  • driving and operating construction plant, heavy goods vehicles or motorcycles
  • catering
  • first aid
  • occupational health and safety
  • fire fighting.

Last update: Sunday, 19 February 2017

Back to top