/ 05 June 2024

A foreign booster shot

Image source: ADF
Image source: ADF

In an attempt to boost sluggish recruit numbers, Australia’s Defence Force (ADF) is opening up to foreign residents and easing medical requirements. Under the scheme, permanent residents who’ve lived in Oz for a year and haven’t served in a foreign military in the past 2 years can apply to serve, as long as they pass the security checks. Eligible Kiwis can sign up from July and permanent residents from the UK, US and Canada from January next year. It comes as reports say 14 medical criteria that typically result in 70% of applicants being rejected will no longer apply – including visual impairment, braces and some mental health conditions. The ADF is dealing with a shortfall of around 4,400 recruits, and Deputy PM/Defence Minister Richard Marles said growing the force was “essential” for meeting security challenges in the next decade.

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