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Defence Skill Sets

For many current and former military personnel, it can be difficult to understand what natural skills have been honed and developed through years of service.

Skills that have taken years to develop become part of everyday behaviour. What others have to think about, you do naturally and competently.

We know from experience that 3CIR was founded by former military personnel.  It’s inevitable that throughout your military career, skillsets are honed.

However, it is little known that those skills can be transferred to new career opportunities. Such skills can assist you in training for a new career through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. They cover Army RPL, Navy RPL, Air Force RPL and Emergency Services RPL.

These skills can include:

  • Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical Aptitude
  • Teamwork

These skills are often the foundation of future employers’ employees’ aspirations. Let’s take a look at them individually and ask a few questions for you to discuss with peers, friends or family to build confidence and understanding:


The foundation of all efficient businesses and workplaces. It is essential to ensure that themes, tasks, goals and targets are understood, acknowledged and accepted. Both written and verbal communication skills are important to develop and can be done through practice.

  • When have you experienced effective communication?
  • Why was the communication method effective?
  • How would you adopt this in a new workplace environment?


Ability and willingness to adapt and respond to changes in expectations and circumstances. A flexible mindset can allow you to take leadership positions and assist in meeting client or business needs on short notice. It also extends both ways; having an employer who can be flexible with your needs is important to ensure you stay engaged and enjoy your time at work.

  • Can you think of a situation where you have had to be flexible?
  • What did you find helped the situation?
  • When have you experienced someone being flexible to your needs?


As important as communication, demonstrated through adherence to moral and ethical principles, honesty places value on maintaining relationships with co-workers, customers, clients, and key stakeholders.

  • Can you think of a person who has demonstrated integrity in the workplace?
  • What values did they uphold?


Reliant on existing skills, such as communication and flexibility, problem-solving can be demonstrated by working through an issue, challenge or problem to find a solution. This isn’t just making a decision; it’s analysing all available options to determine potential solutions and understand the impact of any decision to solve the problem/issue.

  • Share an experience where you had to solve a problem.
  • Did you think of any other solutions to the problem?
  • Do you prefer to work through solutions on your own or with others?

Technical Aptitude

Technical skills are often required in the workplace. People with these abilities will have an advantage over others when looking for jobs, so it’s important to keep up your game! Do you know how technical aptitude can help? What is a task, and why do they need this expertise?”


Working well within a group brings together all the above skillsets and your colleague’s skills and abilities. An efficient team builds confidence in each other and unique abilities, knowledge and understanding. It can increase productivity and strengthen relationships. Along with clear leadership, effective communication, specific responsibilities and a defined goal or objective – the ability to work well with others is important in all workplaces.

  • Can you share an experience where you worked well in a team?
  • Do you prefer to lead a team or work with a team?
  • What do you like about working with others?

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