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Retention in the Australian Defence Force

The Department of Defence’s (Defence) plan to grow its military and civilian permanent workforce to over 101,000 by 2040 is an ambitious undertaking. Defence’s March 2023 submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) states that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is operating at 3,300 below its Average Funded Strength. The current planned ADF workforce in 2023–24 is 59,673. Additionally, planned recruiting levels and entrants into the permanent ADF are failing to offset outflows, which last year reached around 6,600 separations. The shortfall is greatest across the ADF’s middle ranks.  Read more...

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