The training our soldiers receive is world class. The skills and knowledge you gain from these courses will be invaluable to your military career but also beneficial should you decide to leave the Army and embark on a civilian career. The Army also recognises your skills should you wish to return to the Service after a period working elsewhere. These are skills for life.
All soldiers in the Army must first complete Basic Training at the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. Kapooka is home to the Department of Defence's Blamey Barracks, from where the ARTC conducts its operations. The Barracks are also known as "Home of the soldier." The duration of the Basic Training course at Kapooka is 80 days.
As a soldier in the Army Reserve you will also undertake Basic Training at the Army Recruit Training Centre. This will take 28 days.
This follows Basic Training and prepares you for the specific job you'll ultimately be doing. The length and location of this training is dependent on the job. After this you will be sent to an Army unit and your career as a soldier will have begun.
The skills learnt at Kapooka form the foundation of a career as a soldier and are called upon for years to come. Recruits walk out these doors a different person to when they came in, with a wealth of new experiences to draw from.
You'll undergo physical training and drills and learn valuable first aid skills. You'll also receive basic military and weapons combat training. Night fighting, navigation, drill and advanced field-craft will also be covered.