Welcome from the Commandant
Army Recruit Training Centre Kapooka
On behalf of all the staff and trainees of the Army Recruit Training Centre, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the ‘Home of the Soldier’. Kapooka has a proud history of training recruits for the Australian Army, dating back to 1951 and our Barracks is named after one of Australia’s most senior and distinguished generals, Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey. The soldiers we produce here are recognised as being amongst the best in the world and every recruit marching out of training from Kapooka should be justifiably proud of their achievement.
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Commanding Officer 1st Recruit Training Battalion
Mission: To develop and deliver quality recruit training in order to generate Australian Soldiers.
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 to be able to shoot, communicate, survive and adapt; the skills required of the modern soldier.
The March Out Parade
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.
Q1. Approximately how much will attending the March Out parade cost?
The Army does not charge you to attend the March out parade. You will have to cover all your own travel and accommodation expenses unless your recognised spouse who requests partial reimbursement. Defence will then provide limited financial support for the current spouses who are registered on Defence records.