Infantry Officer

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Infantry Officers command elite soldiers in challenging, diverse and sometimes very remote environments. Your team will depend on you, as you will on them, and your role will be essential to the operations of the Army. This is a highly sought after role and best suited to those that have high standards of mental and physical toughness.

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Australian Defence Force Academy, Royal Military College Duntroon

The role of Infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground and to repel attack, by day or night, regardless of season, weather or terrain. As this role implies, Infantry is the major combat element of the Army. This role demands high standards of mental and physical toughness, esprit de corps, battle craft and determination from soldiers, and doubly so from officers who are expected to lead from the front.

Graduates who are allotted to the Royal Australian Infantry (RAInf) Corps on graduation from Royal Military College (RMC) can expect to spend three or four years as a lieutenant with at least the first posting in an infantry battalion. During this posting, an officer can expect to be a rifle platoon commander and possibly a specialist platoon commander. Selected officers may spend their third year in one of the following appointments:

  • Platoon commander at the School of Infantry (Singleton) or the Army Recruit Training Centre (Kapooka); or

  • Liaison officer on a brigade headquarters or a platoon commander at RMC.
Officer (Reserve)

The role of Infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground and to repel attack, by day or night, regardless of season, weather or terrain. As this role implies, Infantry is the major combat element of the Army.

This role demands high standards of mental and physical toughness, esprit de corps, battle craft and determination from soldiers, and doubly so from officers who are expected to lead from the front.

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