Certificate II in Military Skills

Not applicable.


Qualification Requirement: 14 units

All 5 core units plus 4 Group A (combat) elective units from the list below plus 5 Group B (general) elective units

Where a pre-requisite unit is attached to an elective unit it is identified by this symbol .

The pre-requisite units attached to any of the elective units must be undertaken and are additional to the number of elective units required for the qualification.

The Group B (general) elective units may be taken from the elective units listed below and may include 2 units taken from this Training Package, any other endorsed Training Package or any state/territory accredited qualification where the unit is in a qualification at the same level or a higher level.


Core Units

add topic DEFCM101C

Operate a service rifle

add topic DEFEQ001C

Work with equity and diversity

add topic PUATEA001B

Work in a team

add topic BSBCMM101A

Apply basic communication skills

add topic BSBOHS201A

Participate in OHS processes


Elective Units

Group A (combat)

add topic HLTFA301B

Apply first aid

add topic DEFCA416C

Employ hand operated pyrotechnics

add topic DEFCM001B

Use personal camouflage and concealment in a threat environment

add topic DEFCM002C

Operate night fighting equipment

add topic DEFCM102C

Operate a light support weapon

add topic DEFCM103C

Operate a service hand grenade

add topic DEFCM104C

Operate in a threat environment

add topic OPE013A

Operate communications systems and equipment

add topic SRONAV002B

Navigate in difficult or trackless areas

Group B (general)

add topic BSBADM101A

Use business equipment and resources

add topic BSBCMM201A

Communicate in the workplace

add topic BSBITU101A

Operate a personal computer

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic ICAU1133B

Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email

add topic PSPGOV201B

Work in a public sector environment

add topic PSPGOV204B

Access and use resources

add topic PSPGOV207B

Use technology in the workplace

add topic PUACOM005B

Foster a positive organisational image in the community

add topic DEFCM105C

Participate in ceremonial activities

add topic DEFCM106C

Display the attributes of an Australian soldier

add topic PUATEA005A

Manage own professional performance

add topic SROOPS001B

Implement minimal environmental impact practices


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

DEF21112 Certificate II in Military Skills

Employability Skills are part of a unit of competency.

Employability Skills statements from a selection of units of competency from the DEF21112 Certificate II in Military Skills have been reproduced in the table below.

This table provides an example of Employability Skills for the qualification because Employability Skills within a qualification will vary depending on the qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Employability Skills Statement

Defence qualifications have core units (which must be achieved) and elective units (where there is a choice of units which must be achieved) so different Employability Skills Summaries are possible within the one qualification, depending on the package of core units and chosen elective units.


adjust communication styles to reflect equity and diversity principles

apply appropriate techniques when providing constructive feedback to other team members and to give and receive support to/from team members

complete workplace forms and reports

comply with Laws of armed conflict

ensure documentation is completed

ensure equipment is identified and selected in accordance with instructions

ensure that information, knowledge and skills are communicated effectively and shared

ensure that orders and instructions are received, interpreted and carried out

ensure that written communication is to a level required

ensure verbal and written advice and reports are impartial, substantiated, accurate and complete

follow instructions and standard procedures

follow rules of engagement, orders for opening fire and orders for use of force

rectify and report any faults, damage or deficiencies

understand and follow legislative and statutory requirements, organisational policies/codes, statement of values and Codes of Practice/Ethics including the prevention and reporting of unethical conduct

understand the meaning of words of command

use field signals to communicate with other team members

use non operational and operational communication processes

utilise verbal/non verbal communication techniques


comply with organisational policies and guidelines


move in patrol formations

obtain a sense of collective Australian military identity

operate an anti personnel weapon

operate grenade throwers

participate in patrols

recognise the fundamental importance of the military team

recognise, value and adjust own behaviour to individual differences in the workplace by treating others with respect and dignity

set personal and team goals

show loyalty and honour to mates

work cooperatively with personnel from other organisations, including members of other emergency services

work under supervision and as part of a team including undertaking ceremonial drills

Problem solving

apply mine and booby trap incident drills

apply obstacle crossing drills

deal with enemy offensive measures and tactics

develop detection avoidance techniques

identify and engage targets

identify, rectify and/or report equipment faults and defects

judge distances

provide emergency care pending the arrival of appropriately qualified personnel

resolve situations which pose ethical problems

respond to an enemy threat or enemy actions

undertake basic contact drill

undertake counter ambush drill

undertake immediate ambush drill

use range cards to document distances to discernible features

Initiative and enterprise

adapt to new and varying situations

be willing to face new challenges

draw upon own life skills

use of improvised techniques where access to equipment is limited

Planning and organising

apply recognised safety precautions

assist in the employment of early warning and area protection devices

conduct grenade drills

conduct handling drills of the light support weapon

conduct immediate action and stoppage drills of the light support weapon

develop an understanding of occupational health and safety requirements

prepare and undertake weapons drills

prepare clothing, accessories and equipment for drill and ceremonial activities

prepare night fighting equipment


be mentally and physically tough

be respected for professionalism, integrity, esprit de corps and initiative

comply with workplace equity and diversity practices

conduct self in a manner that shows sensitivity to the differences between colleagues

display, and assimilate Australian Army values and ethos of the Australian Army

ensure public resources are used in accordance with Australian Army ethical standards and guidelines

maintain a positive attitude to military service

maintain individual health and hygiene in the field

maintain self discipline, display courage and be dedicated to duty

maintain the standard of dress and bearing

recognise the limit of own authority

set personal and team goals

work ethically while upholding the relevant values and exhibiting the qualities required by members of the Australian Army


learn about:

basic contact

bayonet fighting

counter ambush

drill movements

grenade drills

immediate action and stoppage

immediate ambush

light support weapons (handling drills and immediate action and stoppage drills)

mine and booby trap incident

obstacle crossing



employ weapon sighting systems and associated equipment

fill and empty a magazine and break link

fit adjusting and testing equipment

handle and use weapons safely in an operational environment, such as a service rifle, pyrotechnics, anti personnel weapons, light support weapons, grenades, night fighting equipment (e.g. image intensification equipment, night aiming devices, night vision goggles, night weapon sights), first aid equipment, field equipment

identify, select and safely handle ammunition

strip, assemble and clean the F88

understand the characteristics, technical capabilities, effects, employment and limitations of equipment