The type of training you receive depends on how you choose to become an officer. There's the 18-month training course for General Service Officers (GSO) at the Royal Military College, two 16-day training modules for Specialist Service Officers (SSO), as well as Army Reserve courses.
The General Service Officer (GSO) Course at RMC is an intensive 18-month program that's designed to turn you into an effective military leader. You'll be introduced to the world of military command, and learn infantry tactics, navigation, weapons training and other military subjects. When you graduate, you'll assume the rank of Lieutenant and begin your career as an officer in the Australian Army.
If you're studying a specialist degree or already hold a relevant degree, you could become a Specialist Service Officer (SSO) in just six weeks. In the SSO Course, you'll learn military command and leadership skills during two modules of study, "Foundation Skills" and "Officer Skills". Each module takes 16 days to complete and takes place at RMC Duntroon, Australia's finest leadership college.
To become an officer in the Army Reserve, you'll also need to complete either a GSO or SSO course. The GSO course is broken down into five modules and usually runs part-time over a two to three year period. If you join as a Specialist Service Officer, you'll undertake a two-week course during your first posting where you'll learn the military skills you'll need to know. This course takes place either locally or at RMC Duntroon.
If you're studying at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), you'll take part in military, employment and Army-specific training throughout your course. When you leave ADFA, you'll graduate with a fully-recognised degree from University of New South Wales (UNSW). Then you'll move to RMC Duntroon, where you'll complete 12 months of military training to become a General Service Officer, graduating with the rank of Lieutenant.