Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Q2. Is there a limit on the number of guests each recruit can invite?kokoda_cup_special_080

There is no limit on the number of guests a recruit can invite to the March Out Parade and function. However, each recruit is only entitled to two guests to attend the March out function at no cost. Extra guests are welcome to attend the function and will cost $11 each (subject to contractual arrangements). Recruits are required to pay for extra guests prior to the day of the parade.

Q3. What do I do if I find out I can no longer attend the parade?

If there is a change to the number of guests coming please notify your family member so they can inform their platoon staff. Numbers can be changed easily, and there is no requirement to call the General Inquiries number.

Q4. Is there a dress standard to attend the parade?

Recommended dress for the parade is suit and tie or the female equivalent. A minimum of collared shirt, slacks and neat shoes is expected. Ex-Service members are permitted to wear their own medals on the left side. Serving members are expected to wear Order of Dress 1B (Winter) and 2C (Summer).

Q5. Is there a bus service from Wagga Wagga to Kapooka?

There is a Shuttle Bus Service available to take you from the Airport, to your accommodation, to Kapooka and back again after the parade. Bookings can be made on 0458 350 100. Taxi services are available and can be contacted on 131 008. Hire cars are also available from the airport.

Q6. Am I permitted to drive my vehicle around Blamey Barracks?

No. All vehicles must remain in the designated visitor’s car park. Buses are provided to transport visitors from the car park to the parade. During this time, visitors are also given a tour of Blamey Barracks prior to arriving at the parade ground. After the parade visitors will be transported by bus to the March Out function and at the conclusion of the function they will be transported back to the visitor’s car park. Visitors are not permitted to walk around the barracks unescorted or enter any buildings unless directed.

Q7. I have elderly family attending who will find it difficult to walk short distances and board buses; do we have to use the bus to travel to the parade?

Where special needs are notified in advance, alternate arrangements can be made.

Q8. Can the soldiers remain out after 9 pm?

Soldiers can apply for leave in special circumstances; all applications will be considered on merit.

Q9. Is it difficult to find accommodation in or around Wagga Wagga?

Not normally; however, there will be times when accommodation may be difficult to source due primarily to the conduct of regional events. It is recommended that you make bookings as soon as the recruits March Out date is confirmed.

Q10. Will soldiers be granted leave at corps training schools?

Leave at Corps schools is subject to approval by respective commanding officers; leave is not guaranteed.

Q11. Can the soldiers travel with family to their corps school?

No, ARA soldiers are required to travel to Corps schools by service means on the Monday following the March Out.

Q12 What if I can not make it, or my family can not make it ?

You can visit www.sharpshotimages.com for a live streaming of the parade.