Firstly, well done to the guys on the forum who have made it through the process and have secured places in the ADF. By charting your progress you have given others a great help. I am at the initial stages of the application and hoped that it would be useful to get others together who are also at the early stages, though any help from the 'old hands' would be gratefully appreciated. So this is where I am so far ... I emailed the Lateral Transfer Cell with my expression of interest and they sent back a pack of info to fill out and return to them; the covering email from them is below and details what is required. After several weeks of form filling, and waiting for my latest CR I sent the stuff off by email and I have been told to wait up to 4 weeks to see if they have a vacancy for me (presumably based on age, rank, experience, past performance etc). 2 weeks so far, and no amount of email checking is making the initial reply come any quicker. At that point, as I understand it, I can get 2 answers. NO, which means NO (for ever) or 'You're through to the next stage, go fill out some more forms!' [Update: It would appear that a number of people have been turned down have told they can reapply again later. A friend who applied in Sep 09 was told to reapply in May 10; odd at this places back on the same timeline for the August interviews] Hope that this helps. Is anyone else applying at the moment? EMAIL FROM LATERAL RECRUITMENT CELL, ADF I Thank you for your enquiry into applying for the Australian Regular Army (ARA) as an Officer. To assess your application the Director of Officer Career Management Army (DOCM-A) requires a range of information. Firstly it would be appreciated if you could send a Resume/CV including the following: personal details, operational experience, posting history, and Military courses and qualifications. You should also include copies of the following documents when returning your Resume/CV: annual reports (minimum of two current reports),[subsequently told 3] references, and course reports/qualifications gained. The information needs to be sent to Lateral Recruitment Cell, DOCM-A, R8-8-036, Russell Offices, CANBERRA ACT 2600 (in hard copy format), alternatively you can email scanned copies direct to [I have removed email address it contains personal info] General Information Â· DOCM-A appoints overseas officers under a Labour Agreement with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). This allows us to be your sponsor for immigration purposes, which also means we can appoint you before you are an Australian citizen provided you elect to apply for citizenship within 3 months of appointment. Under the Labour Agreement you will be eligible to apply at this point, rather than wait the usual 12 months. It is important to note that we sponsor you and your dependents that will travel with you to Australia. Â· DOCM-A appoints an applicant on an initial 6 year short service commission, with a 3 year Return of Service Obligation (ROSO) and Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS). The ROSO is applied because we pay for your travel and removal (including your dependents) from origin to posted locality in Australia. Â· Please be aware that the lateral transfer process can take up to 12 - 18 + months to complete. The general process for all this to occur is: You submit a CV and Report History to DOCM-A for review (see details requested above). The applicable Career Advisor reviews and makes a recommendation for further processing. If approved, DOCM-A then sends you a detailed application pack, DCO and medical documentation which is resubmitted to DOCM-A. In order to be appointed you must pass a range of checks: DOCM-A check that you are generally suitable and positions do exist for employment (please be aware that in order to meet the caveats of the labour agreement a vacant position must exist that cannot be filled by an Australian citizen). For specialists this may require a Head of Corps assessment. In the case of Aviation Applicants the training school will need to confirm they will recognise the flying skills of the applicant or what remedial assessments they would need to achieve prior to becoming acceptable. Defence Community Organisation (DCO) will conduct a welfare and family check to confirm if you and your family are fully aware of the consequences of relocating. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Defence Force Recruiting will review the medical documentation you submit (this includes pathology tests). You must satisfy the ADF Entry Level Medical Assessment (this is one of the forms we send out). The medical can become a friction point in the process if the CMO has queries on a particular medical issue and requires further specialist reports. If all initial clearances are achieved, we then schedule an interview. We prefer these interviews to be conducted on a face to face basis with an ADF Officer (we conduct interviews in Jul/Aug of each year in central London). Where we cannot achieve this, we will schedule a telephone interview with you and the Selections Board President. [told they no longer do telephone interviews] If you present well at the Selection Board (you will receive feedback on the day), we will then send out an Offer of Employment. Once you return a signed copy of the Offer of Employment we are then able to submit our application for immigration sponsorship with DIAC (this can take 3 months + to be issued). As soon as we receive the immigration sponsorship, we send a copy to you. You then apply for your Permanent Residency VISA (this can take 3 months + to be issued). At about this time the Australian High Commission/Embassy will contact you and commence administrative preparations for travel, removals, housing and the actual appointment. As soon as the VISA is issued, administration is finalised. You travel to the Australian High Commission/Embassy Location and are appointed by an Australian Officer (please note that you must be sworn in outside of Australia, due to DIAC/Labour Agreement requirements). Usually a day or two after being appointed, you and your family (as applicable) travel to Australia. On arrival in Australia you are met by the gaining unit and commence integration into The Australian Army. I hope this provides you with a bit of information on what the process entails. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding this process.