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Soldier Training

Australian Army Soldiers receive some of the best military training in the world. There are a number of stages to your training; first, you'll complete Basic Training and learn the foundational skills of a soldier. After this you will progress to Initial Employment Training, which will qualify you for your chosen profession within the Army. From there you will begin your work within an Army unit, but will continue to train and learn throughout your career.

Learning The Ropes

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, also known as "Home of the soldier." Full-time soldiers will undertake 80 days of training, while part-time soldiers will complete 35 days.

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 stronger and more confident person, with a wealth of new experiences to draw upon.

You'll undergo physical training and drills and learn valuable first aid skills. You'll also receive basic military and weapons combat training. Navigation, drill and advanced field-craft will also be covered.

Initial Employment Training

This follows Basic Training and prepares you for the specific job you'll ultimately be doing. The length, location and recognised qualifications of this training are dependent on the job. After this you will be sent to an Army unit and your career as a soldier will have begun.


Fitness training will form a part of any course. Army instructors will guide you through activities such as obstacle courses, circuit training and strength and endurance training, to build your confidence and fitness levels along the way. The instructors are there to help you succeed, not fail, and in many cases you'll come to regard them as mentors.