ARMY RESERVE GENERAL SERVICE OFFICER - FIRST APPOINTMENT COURSE
(ARes GSO FAC):
The ARes GSO FAC focuses on instilling Army’s values (Courage, Initiative and Teamwork) in a similar fashion to soldier basic training and then providing junior officer candidates with the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon.
During training, candidates will learn and be assessed on weapons, fieldcraft, leadership, tactics, administration and management and lots more.
Location and Duration of Training:
Training is conducted through a combination of non-continuous training (parade nights and weekends) with local Army Reserve University Regiments and residential continuous training (Training Blocks 1 to 5) at centres of expertise throughout Australia, culminating with completion of the last training block at the Royal Military College Duntroon.
The ARes GSO FAC is modularised to allow candidates the flexibility to complete the training around civilian employment commitments. Training Block 1 is conducted continuously throughout the year at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka. Training Blocks 2 to 5 are conducted twice annually in a sequence. Ideally, most candidates will complete the course within 18 months – 2 years and are expected to complete the ARes GSO FAC within a maximum of 3 years. It is possible for a candidate to complete the ARes GSO FAC within a minimum of 9 - 14 months; however, these are usually in-Service candidates who been given recognition of prior learning.
The ARes GSO FAC has five (5) training blocks totalling 111 days residential training:
Training Block 1 - Military Foundation Skills – 35 days duration delivered at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka (Wagga Wagga, NSW) is actually the Reserve Recruit Training Course. Qualified soldiers who are selected to be officers may be granted recognition of this training and commence the ARes GSO FAC at Training Block 2. Likewise any officer candidate who does not wish to continue officer training is able to become a soldier on completion of this training block. This training block is conducted throughout the year.
Training Block 2 - Small Military Team Leader Theory – is 16 days duration and is conducted in the January to February and June to July periods by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block builds on the skills introduced at Recruit Training and introduces new operational, weapons and navigation skills.
Training Block 3 - Small Military Team Leader - 16 days duration conducted in the January to February and June to July periods by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block introduces command, leadership and management skills in addition to military administration. This training block is also your first step along the way to learning the leadership and management skills that you will need to successfully command soldiers in the Australian Army.
Training Block 4 - Command, Leadership and Management – 16 days duration conducted in the January to February and June to July periods by Sydney University Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block revises and tests much of what you have already learnt about small team level operations as well as building further on your administrative capabilities as a small team leader. This training block also gives qualifications in the conduct of military live fire weapons range practices; and
Training Block 5 - All Corps Army Reserve Platoon Commander – 28 days duration conducted in January and July by External Training Wing RMC Duntroon at Majura (near Canberra), ACT. This training block confirms you have all attributes, skills and values to become an officer in the Australian Army. It also confirms that you have the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon on likely Army Reserve operations. On the successful completion of Training Block 5 you will be commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserve.
Training in Your Unit
In between doing the residential training blocks you will be expected to attend parade nights and weekends organised by your parent Army Reserve University Regiment. Your unit will look after all your administration for attending the ARes GSO FAC training blocks. The training staff will help you prepare for the residential training blocks, revise the skills you learn as well as provide instruction and assessment on military skills like fieldcraft, drill, training, military justice and writing and oral communication. There are also some additional requirements for training which can be obtained through external organisations. These requirements will be explained to you by unit training staff.