About the Job
Air Force Security (AFSEC) belong to the Force Protection and Discipline family within Air Force and may be involved in direct combat roles. AFSEC are employed within a Security Forces (SECFOR) Squadron.
Following graduation from your initial military training, all AFSEC will undergo AFSEC Initial Employment Training (IET) comprising the following key areas:
- Security Fundamentals
- Introduction to Security Governance
- Military Working Dog Handler Tier 1 (MWDH 1)
Following the successful completion of the AFSEC IET, trainees will achieve IET graduation and be deemed to have the required knowledge and skills to act independently in the workplace. Successful members will then be posted to a unit where they will undertake further competency based training in the workplace spanning the first 18 months.
Members will gain further development by On the Job Experience and additional specialist skills through Post Initial Employment Training (PIET). PIET training includes areas such as:
- Security Governance
- Investigation and Investigation Management
- MWD and Explosive Detector Dog Handling (EDDH)
- Security Risk Management and Planning
- Emergency Management
AFSEC is responsible for providing the following main activities:
- Protective security - protection of personnel, physical assets and classified information
- Employment of MWDs - security patrols, intruder detection and apprehension
- Employment of EDDs - explosives detection
- Emergency response for incidents and accidents including aircraft and motor vehicle accidents
- Traffic and crowd control
- Detainee and prisoner of war handling
- Protective security surveys and reviews
- Security risk management and threat assessment
- Operational security planning
- Security governance, compliance and investigation
AFSEC utilise MWDs to patrol flight lines and other operational assets and may also conduct patrols with RAAF Ground Defence (Airfield Defence Guards) beyond the airfield perimeter. Some AFSEC employ EDDs in support of airbase and air operations security. AFSEC are generally the first to attend an incident or emergency situation including aircraft incidents and crime scenes. AFSEC are the after hours physical security and initial response contact for an airbase.
AFSEC undertake security functions in support of air operations. They are required to identify potential threats to the airbase or air operations and provide security advice to airbase executives.
AFSEC are required to work indoors and outdoors, during the day or on shifts as required, and periodically in extreme weather conditions, often working long and irregular hours.
Security work is at times physically and mentally demanding, therefore all AFSEC personnel are required to maintain a high level of physical fitness. AFSEC may expect to frequently lift and handle dogs weighing up to 45 kilograms.