The Section Commander

The 1st Recruit Training Battalion is structured in much the same way as a traditional Infantry Battalion, with a Battalion Headquarters, subordinate training companies and a support company.

Each Recruit Training Company at 1st Recruit Training Battalion is commanded by a commissioned officer at the rank of Major. The Officer Commanding of the Company is responsible for the overall management of up to six recruit training platoons.

A Recruit Training Platoon is commanded by a Lieutenant and administered by a Sergeant. As a team they make up the Platoon Headquarters and are responsible for the platoon’s management, instruction, discipline, administration and welfare throughout the conduct of training.

The Platoon Commander is a Lieutenant who has graduated from the Royal Military College – Duntroon. On Section_Commanderaverage, they have completed five years service and have been trained in military administration and tactics. The majority of lieutenants have been previously assigned command of soldiers and troops within their individual Corps; with a small number having been deployed on overseas operations.

The Platoon Sergeant is the senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Platoon. On average, the Platoon Sergeant has completed 12 years of service and has a wealth of experience in their Corps trade and military training. They have completed many career development courses that have provided them with the knowledge required to be among of the best instructors in the Army; as such they provide technical advice to their Platoon Commanders and act as mentors to the junior Non Commissioned Officers. A large majority of our platoon sergeants have vital operational experience.

Under command of the Platoon Headquarters are four sections, commanded by junior Non Commissioned Officers identified in rank as Corporal (all Corps) or Bombardier (from the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery). The junior Non Commissioned Officers are affectionately known as ‘Seco’, which is short for ‘Section Commander’. They are the heart of training at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion.

On average the junior Non Commissioned Officers have completed six years of service; 30 percent are combat arms corps soldiers and 78 percent have been deployed overseas on military operations throughout their careers. Many of them are family men and women, with 68 percent either married, or in a de facto relationship and have one or more children.

The Section Commanders are a professional and dedicated group of junior Non Commissioned Officers who on average work 12-16 hour days, seven days a week. They are trained to become a section commander. In their role, they are expected to deliver high quality training and achieve high standards at all times; they are charged to provide training in drill, weapons handling, live fire coaching, field craft, personal administration, discipline, and many other military subjects. They are trained specifically in personal counselling and are able to provide excellent support and guidance to recruits in the management of personal issues.

The Section Commanders maintain a firm style of leadership, which enables them to effectively shape new recruits into Army’s soldiers of the future. The large majority of recruits who march into the 1st Recruit Training Battalion respond positively to the training experience and grow to respect their instructors and are driven to achieve their goal of becoming an Australian soldier by their Section Commander’s example.

All staff at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion are dedicated to training your family member or friend through their journey to become one of Australia’s newest soldiers. They sacrifice time with their family in order to improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes of Army’s recruits. Their combined experience, knowledge, passion and strength of character, ensures that all recruits have the greatest chance of success in their chosen military career.