Qualification details

DEF21112 - Certificate II in Military Skills (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 24/Jan/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced15/Mar/2012

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by DEF21115 - Certificate II in Military SkillsSupersedes DEF21112 Certificate II in Military Skills. Not equivalent. 21/Oct/2015
Supersedes and is equivalent to PUA21110 - Certificate II in Public Safety (Military Skills) 14/Mar/2012

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

CodeSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Code columnTitleSort Table listing Units of Competency by the Title columnEssential
BSBADM101A - Use business equipment and resourcesUse business equipment and resources Elective
BSBCMM101A - Apply basic communication skillsApply basic communication skills Core
BSBCMM201A - Communicate in the workplaceCommunicate in the workplace Elective
BSBITU101A - Operate a personal computerOperate a personal computer Elective
BSBOHS201A - Participate in OHS processesParticipate in OHS processes Core
BSBSUS201A - Participate in environmentally sustainable work practicesParticipate in environmentally sustainable work practices Elective
DEFCA416C - Employ hand operated pyrotechnicsEmploy hand operated pyrotechnics Elective
DEFCM001B - Use personal camouflage and concealment in a threat environmentUse personal camouflage and concealment in a threat environment Elective
DEFCM002C - Operate night fighting equipmentOperate night fighting equipment Elective
DEFCM101C - Operate a service rifleOperate a service rifle Core
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 441111 Defence Force Member - Other Ranks 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4991-11 Defence Force Member Not Elsewhere Included 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0999 Other Society And Culture 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Defence Services 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A No Specific Job Role 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 441111 Defence Force Member - Other Ranks 03/Sep/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4991-11 Defence Force Member Not Elsewhere Included 03/Sep/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0999 Other Society And Culture 03/Sep/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 521 Certificate II 15/Mar/2012 
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DEF12 V2

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DEF12 V1

First release.


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Employability Skills Summary

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
  • fight
  • 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
  • weapons


  • 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

Packaging Rules

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 


Operate a service rifle


Work with equity and diversity


Work in a team


Apply basic communication skills


Participate in OHS processes


Elective Units 

Group A  (combat )


Apply first aid


Employ hand operated pyrotechnics


Use personal camouflage and concealment in a threat environment


Operate night fighting equipment


Operate a light support weapon


Operate a service hand grenade


Operate in a threat environment


Operate communications systems and equipment


Navigate in difficult or trackless areas

Group B  (general )


Use business equipment and resources


Communicate in the workplace


Operate a personal computer


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Send and retrieve information using web browsers and email


Work in a public sector environment


Access and use resources


Use technology in the workplace


Foster a positive organisational image in the community


Participate in ceremonial activities


Display the attributes of an Australian soldier


Manage own professional performance


Implement minimal environmental impact practices

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