Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops
Australian Navy and Army troops perform during an a 2011 airshow in Geelong, Australia.
May 8th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

Australia looking for a few good U.S. troops

Prospective U.S. military recruits have long been told "Uncle Sam wants you!"

Well, Stars and Stripes reports Tuesday that Australia wants you even more and is willing to pay for it.

"The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) welcomes enquiries from both officers and sailors who are interested in a new career and new life in Australia," the Australian Navy's website says.

The U.S. ally down under is seeking everything from submariners to doctors at ranks from enlisted to officers in all branches of its services and salaries can be substantially higher, according to the Stars and Stripes report.

A staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force with six years of service makes $31,946 while a corporal in the Royal Australian Air Force makes  $57,277 in U.S. dollars, Stripes reports. The difference is pay for an officer is less, but Australia still comes out on top, with a U.S. Air Force captain earning $63,263 and the Australian equivalent, a flight lieutentant, making $66,417 in U.S. dollars.

Stripes points out that Australia's economy, boosted by Chinese demand for its mineral exports, is in better shape than many other areas of the world.

Australia is seeking experienced applicants only and has a program in place to grant permanent residency to foreign passport holders.

Australia has signed on about 500 foreigners from the U.S., Canada, Britain and New Zealand in the past five years, according to the report.

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  1. hughjurgan

    How much of the extra money will you get to keep after taxes is what I would want to know. If take home pay is less, then maybe not worth it. Just asking..............

    May 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • AusieSceptic1

      $500 per week 6.4% tax – >$3300 per week 15% tax
      + unspecified tax free benefits for military personnel

      May 12, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • SensibleJoe

      Depends on what your taxes are paying for. If you don't have to pay for health insurance at all because they have universal health care, you just might end up spending less and come out on top.

      May 12, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fighter387

    If all the sailors in Australia are that cute, I think I need to move 🙂

    May 10, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. georgew6

    ....and they are not in a war! I recommend that any young US Armed Forces retiree take them up on the offer before too many apply. Also, great opportunity for those who got out of service with the required experience and are looking for a job in the USA, but can't find one. Australia is a great country and, if your single male, the women are among the best looking in the world and smart too. If you're Army, how about that neat hat and the bayonet?

    May 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ISayYouSay

      An army not at war. BORING! (P.S. I have seen some Aussies scurrying around Iraq and Afghanistan)

      May 10, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nolongerarepublican

    Yes, word is out. The American military is basically a bunch of high paid Mercenaries who join for the money, benefits, free college, bonuses, or join because they cannot find another job that pays as much.
    Too funny.

    May 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ISayYouSay

      How convenient. You left out the sense of duty. Or do you have no concept of what that is?

      May 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • neverarepublican

      And our army and marines will enlist people from Mexico and other countries.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Really? I took a pay decrease of almost $15 to be the oldest 2nd Lt. I ever knew. Some people do things others refuse simply because it's the right thing to do.

      May 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Soldier

      Yeah, but you're here enjoying all the freedoms they provide, aren't you?

      May 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • momma

      Excuse me, but being the wife a Ret. CWO3, YOU"RE WRONG!!! We didn't do it for the money, benefits, or bonuses. We would have made much more on the outside doing the same thing. If you want to know what Obamacare is going to be...ask me. I live thru it everytime I have to see a doctor. WHAT bonuses? We never got one. That's not something a lot of military members get. It's only for a few specialties that they NEED, b-cuz too many got out, or not enought are entering that field. Sometimes because THEY need you, you can recieve a ONE TIME re-enlistment bonus and the amount varies depending on the militaries NEED. I've also seen many, many forced retirements. Yes we recieve a retirement, but do you know how many sacrifices we made as a family to EARN that? Oh and those "lifetime" medical benefits they told us would be free, umm WE PAY FOR!!! Yes it's at a reduced rate, but we're still paying. Do you have any idea what we as a spouse or family member give up to marry a military person? Probably not, you're probably one of those military bashers who couldn't hack it. Or most likely WOULDN't even try to hack it. We did it because we love our country.

      May 12, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dread Pirate

    Truly you have a dizzying intellect.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. TheZel

    They look pretty sad. Not exactly killers are they?

    May 11, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Marky Merlot

      Don't kid yourself, Ausie fighters are some of the toughest in the world! Their military record is exemplary.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • tanksoldier

      The Aussies actually have an incredible reputation and military tradition. Not a country to be trifled with at all.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Max

    Swear allegiance to another country and you could lose your US citizenship. For a few dollars more, is it really worth it?

    May 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky Merlot

      Australia permits dual nationality

      May 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      The U.S. economy is in the tank, the cost of living is skyrocketing, and Australia is an economically healthy western country. I can see this being an attractive option to some of our better soldiers. This should send a message to our own government that they pay too little and don't support our own troops well enough financially. In another 10 years, the U.S. army will be made up of ex cons from ghetto neighborhoods.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ceitte

      Incorrect. It's called dual citizenship!

      May 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • tanksoldier

      US citizens have been serving in allied militarys since there has been a US, notably in the Canadian forces prior to US entry into WWII. I suspect they've gotten it worked out to where you won't risk your US citizenship for serving in the Australian Army.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rogerc

      Ask Clint Eastwood

      May 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brenda

      If you ask a Repub looking for less government and more 'Globalizaton', then perhaps.

      May 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charvel

    Wow... what a deal!!! I'm a little too old these days!! But back in my younger days, I would have gone there after my Marine Corps enlistment was up!!!

    May 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Big Will

    Hot chics, more money, no war!! sign me up

    May 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Phil

    U.S. Air Force captain earning $63,263 and the Australian equivalent, a flight lieutentant, making $66,417 in U.S. dollars...

    That's only a big enough jump for extra grocery. What kind of croc offer is that...

    May 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • tanksoldier

      When you've been RiFfed and are out of a job, how good of an offer do you need?

      May 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ben

    Free Aussie Language lessons.
    To all new recruits, in order to be understood
    Replace "er" with "da"

    May 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Varsity Baseball

    The price is tempting and consider the freedoms of the every day citizen is eroding, the freedoms down under is worth the consideration.

    May 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Frangible

    I think it's cute how so many Americans posting in this thread think Australians all act alike and aren't individuals or something. They're mostly caucasians who speak English and have a very similar culture, economy, and level of technology. Really not hard to figure out why being allies is so natural. Prepare to be astounded by... similarity.

    May 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DevilDoc

      So true. When I deployed there a few years back to play war games with the Aussies I experienced the similarities. Instead of Wal-Mart, there's Big W, same logos and all. Movie theatres are overly sized, just like in America; and the best part, the kangaroo burgers..AWESOME!!! I'm from Oklahoma and I visited a little town called Rock Hampton, felt like I was back home. Now that I think about I'm starting to miss Australia.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Teddy Baxter Jones

    Now there will be 3 Foreign Legions– The French, the Spanish (the poor man's French) and The Australian. Good move Aussies. I'd love a crack at it. Was even training to enter the FFL a few years ago. Glad to help an ally in need. But, I guess since it's the RAN, there will be no chance to try for the SAS...which is brutal training, of course. God, this almost sounds like the l days in Rhodesia. Anyway, all up with the Queen.

    May 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Hey teddy Baxter jones
      Being in the RAN does not preclude you from service in SAS as they recruit from all 3 services a couple of times a year, just have to pass the testing, just...

      May 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    I severed in Aus subs for 12 years, Australia has recruited commonwealth sailors for the last 30+ years so this is just an extension or that practice as ties get closer. US sailors have already been doing secondement on Aus subs for last 5 years. Australian navy is at critical low levels now to the point of tying ships and subs up alongside. Once techo's get their military training they do their 6 yrs service and go the the mining/ resource sector for $200000 p.a. For 3weeks on 3 off work. Military cant compete. But the pay/ benefits are much better than the article suggests.

    May 12, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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