ADF immersion activities are designed to give civilian employers and senior staff a hands-on experience of what their Reserve employees do in the military. ADF immersions are usually held in conjunction with a Navy, Army or Air Force exercise which afford the participants the opportunity to see how Reserves contribute to the ADF, an insight into Reserve service and the skills reservists bring to their civilian workforce.

A typical program is informative and adventurous, all set in a challenging yet safe and controlled environment and run from half day, to two days in duration (and over weekends). It combines a range of activities that might include some of the following:

  • leadership, confidence and initiative tests
  • team-building exercises
  • navigation theory and practice
  • bush-craft
  • communications
  • quick decision exercises
  • visits to technical training facilities
  • visits to Defence bases

Defence immersions are stimulating and geared towards showcasing the unique skillsets of reservists, and developing personal skill rather than physical exertion. Average fitness levels are sufficient to participate in the activities.

Reservists are responsible for making sure their civilian employers are aware of these activities and in some instances are encouraged to nominate their employer to attend.

Boss X

Boss X teaches employers of reservist’s first-hand what the ADF does on major exercises and operations. Often there is an opportunity for employers to see their employees working in their Reserve role. Boss X activities will usually take place over a three to five day period.

In recent years, Boss X has seen employers travel to overseas locations and major military exercises in Australia.

How can my employer attend?

Reservists are welcome to express their employer’s interest in an ADF immersion or Boss X activity by completing and submitting the following expression of interest.




You can also contact a member of ADF Reserves and Employer Support for more information at 1800 DEFENCE or via the contact us page.

Employer Support Payment Scheme

Online Claims System