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The majority of Army communications personnel receive their communications training at the Defence Force School of Signals (DFSS) at Macleod, VIC.  You won't find technical and communication schools with a better teacher/student ratio or better equipment and facilities. DFSS is dedicated to giving you the best technical and communications qualification possible. So you'll have a real edge in life and be assured of success in whatever employment category you choose. Unlike any other school of its kind, you will be paid while you learn and guaranteed a job when you graduate. And because you'll learn to be a soldier as well as a qualified technician person, you'll also develop a wide range of additional skills including self-discipline, confidence and a real sense of leadership.

Common Corps Training

Duration: 20 Days.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

This course provides basic Royal Australian Corps of Signals skills in radio, line laying and computing and is a prerequisite for all Australian Regular Army RA Sigs trade courses.

Telecommunications Systems Technician Course

Duration: 72 weeks.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria.

Training incorporates all aspects of the telecommunications communications equipment used in RA Sigs Units. Subjects include telecommunications cabling, satellite theory and equipment stations, circuit switch networks, telephone systems and local and wide area computer networks. On the successful completion of the course you will receive Pay Group 4.

It should be noted that there might be periods of time between courses conducted at DFSS. Should this occur, soldiers will be provided with both meaningful employment and refresher training.

Other Ranks (Technical) (Reserve)

Combat Signaller Course

Duration: 16 Days.

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria and at your local Reserve unit.

This course provides basic Royal Australian Corps of Signals skills in radio, line laying and computing and is a prerequisite for all RA Sigs trade courses. On the successful completion of this course you will be entitled to Pay Grade 1.

Telecommunications Systems Technician Course

Duration: 15 weeks (approximately).

Location of Training: Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks Macleod, Victoria and at your local Reserve unit part-time.

Training incorporates all aspects of the telecommunications communications equipment used in RA Sigs Units. Subjects include telecommunications cabling, satellite theory and equipment stations, circuit switch networks, telephone systems and local and wide area computer networks. On the successful completion of the course you will receive Pay Group 2.

After the completion of a further 13 weeks of training you will receive Pay Group 3 as a Signaller.

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