From the Commandant
On behalf of all the staff and trainees of the Army Recruit Training Centre, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Blamey Barracks; the ‘Home of the Soldier’. Kapooka has a proud history of training recruits for the Australian Army since 1951 and prior to that, training Army’s engineers during the World War 2 period. Today, the Barracks is the home of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, the Army Adventurous Training Centre, the recently established Recruit Development Wing, and the famous Australian Army Band – Kapooka. The Barracks is named after one of Australia’s most senior and distinguished generals, Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey.
Recruit training is very intense and I would like to thank the families for the support that you have provided to those undergoing the transition from ‘civilian to soldier’. The support you have provided has been essential, and it will need to continue as they commence the next chapter in their military careers. I am sure you will see a noticeable and positive change on March Out day. I will look forward to seeing you down at the parade ground or during the March Out function and getting your feedback!
This March Out Guide has been designed to assist you in maximising your time at March Out. I am sure you will enjoy the experience of visiting Kapooka and the surrounding area; Wagga Wagga and the Riverina has much to offer and I invite you to enjoy this fantastic part of the world. Should you have any further questions regarding Recruit training, the March Out Parade or your travel to Kapooka, I invite you to contact the Army Recruit Training Centre or visit our website at www.army.gov.au/artc
1ST RECRUIT TRAINING BATTALION
Mission: 1 RTB is to develop and implement high quality training in order to generate Australian Soldiers to the required standard, in preparation for their next phase of training.
Our regular soldiers undergo 80 days of training and our reservists 35 days. During this time they make a transition from civilian to soldier. Essentially, they are training………….Read more >>>>
Families and friends of recruits are invited to attend the March Out Parade at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka. March Out Parades are held to acknowledge the completion of the Army Recruit Course (ARC) and the Reserve Recruit Training Course (RRTC). The March Out day gives family and friends the opportunity to join in celebrating the graduating soldiers’ achievements. A detailed sequence of events for the ARC and RRTC are detailed in Kapooka Parade Times
Recruits undergoing their recruit training at 1 RTB have two types of leave programmed into the Army Recruit Course. The two types of leave are Local Leave, which is granted approximately halfway through the conduct of the Army Recruit Course, and March Out Leave, which is granted on the Friday following the March Out Function and on the Saturday directly following the March Out.
Due to the leave being granted during separate stages of the Army Recruit Course, the restrictions placed onto each type of leave differs greatly.
March Out Leave