This case study looks at the characteristics of ‘young’ previous service members. For the purposes of this analysis, young is defined as aged 25-44. There were 68,000 previous service members in this age group representing 13.8% of the previously served population. Of those aged 25-44 who had previously served:
- 70.9% (48,500 people) had previously served in the Regular service (of these 6,826 had also served in the Reserves service)
- 29.1% (19,900 people) had previously served in the Reserves service.
Among those aged 25-44 who had previously served:
- 82.6% were male (56,400 people)
- 17.4% were female (11,900 people).
The ADF offers attractive training, education and remuneration benefits for both Regular and Reserves service members [5,6]. Previous ADF service is associated with positive education, employment and income outcomes as well as higher community involvement through volunteering for young previous service members when compared to people who have never served in the ADF.
Previous ADF service was associated with higher participation in full time employment for people aged 25-44. Around two in three (64.5%) of people who had previously served were employed full time compared to around half (52.3%) of people who had never served. This pattern was true for both males and females.
A large proportion of young people who had previously served remained within a similar industry after leaving the ADF. Of the almost 57,000 employed young people who had previously served, the top industry of the main job held was Public Administration and Safety (18.6%). This was the most reported industry of employment for both those who had previously served in the Regular service (18.2%) and Reserves service (19.3%).
For employed males aged 25-44 the top reported occupation was Police Officer, for both those who had previously served and never served. The rate of Police Officers was higher in the previously served population.