Recruits marching out from Kapooka
Recruit training Kapooka
Kapooka recruit challenge

From the Commandant

home of the soldier

Spectator attendance at COVID-safe Kapooka March Out Parades have resumed, however attendance is tightly controlled due to numbers caps and social distancing requirements. Parading Recruits are entitled to invite two adult guests to their march-out parade. These guest places are not transferable. The dependent non-adult children of the adult guests may also attend.
Please note that as a condition of entry to the base, each adult guest must bring a protective face mask, be in possession of photo ID, and comply with our security and COVID-safe policies.
On the day of the parade, visitors are invited to gather in the parade ground car park, which is located on Kapooka Road. Simply turn right from Camp Access Road on to Kapooka Road, just before the base entrance and follow the signs.
The car park gates will be open from 0800, and guests will be met by marshals who will facilitate entry to the base and answer any questions that spectators may have.
Attending spectators will be transported from the car park precinct to the parade ground via buses (and back again at the conclusion of the parade). Adult passengers are required to wear face masks on the buses. Face masks are not required to be worn at any other time.
We understand that the controlled numbers of spectators may be disappointing to many who wish to attend, however the fact that we are now able to reopen to spectators as a NSW Health accredited COVID-safe event is a positive step.
Please don’t make plans to attend the graduation if you are not one of the two designated spectators that each Recruit may invite. It must also be remembered that changes to the national or regional COVID situation may result in changes at very short notice.
Kapooka looks forward to welcoming spectators back to our march-outs.

LTCOL Deacon

Commanding Officer


Mission: 1 RTB is to deliver Foundation All Corps Combatants in accordance with the Directed Training Requirement in order to support Army’s preparation of land forces for war.

Our full-time soldiers undergo 83 days of training and our part-time soldiers complete 35 days. During this time they make a transition from civilian to soldier. Essentially, they are training to be able to shoot, move, communicate, survive and adapt; the skills required of the modern soldier.

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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 Part Time Recruit Training Course (PRTC). 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 PRTC are detailed in Kapooka Parade Times

Moving Through the TABS

The Army Recruit Training Experience

Moving through the Tabs (The stages of training), toward the March Out Parade.


“Welcome to the 1st Recruit Training Battalion. Today marks the commencement of your careers in the Australian Army. Since 1951, soldiers have successfully completed recruit training here at Kapooka and they, like you, were feeling nervous, excited, and perhaps even wondering if they had made the correct decision to join the Army.”



Accommodation in Wagga ?


Many of the motels and venues provide Special Offers and Defence Family Discounts if you contact them directly and mention The Kapooka March Out Guide or book through the links HERE