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ForceNet. What is it? Do I need it? How do I get it?


ForceNet is like the ADF’s answer to social media – without the funny memes and viral dances. It is a way for the Australian military, its members and their families to communicate through a secure platform.


So why is it important?

ForceNet gets information straight to you without your partner acting as the middleman/woman. Because, let’s be honest, some of our partners are about as reliable as a pre-schooler when it comes to passing on the correct information in a timely manner. Why are you telling me the day before your work function the dress code is black tie and not cocktail??? And ForceNet also keeps you in the loop even if your partner is away and/or out of communication. This is especially important in emergency situations.


Who can access it?

ForceNet is for current serving full-time and reserve Australian Defence Force members, foreign exchange personnel from Canada, NZ, UK and USA, Defence Australia Public Service workers, and their approved family members and friends…. so you and I!


How do you sign up?

To become a registered user, you need to be over 18 and sponsored by a registered defence user. You can head to to sign up. You will need to fill in your details and nominate your defence person. Once your person sponsors you, you will be notified by email and asked to create a password. You will then be able to access the platform through the ForceNet website or app.


Now what?

Once you log in for the first time you can edit your profile and request to join groups you are associated with, such as your military person’s unit, squadron or base, or the local family group. Non-defence people who join will be automatically connected with DMFS – Defence Member & Family Support (formerly DCO – Defence Community Organisation), DFA – Defence Families Australia and the family group for Army, Navy or Air Force. There are also tabs for invitations and events to keep track of what is coming up.


ML Pro Tip: ForceNet is a secure online community. Information you view or receive on ForceNet should NOT be shared outside of ForceNet.