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.

Colonel Mick Garroway
Colonel Mick Garroway

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