Recruits marching out from Kapooka
Recruit training Kapooka
Kapooka recruit challenge

From the Commandant

Colonel Rachel Harris
Colonel Rachel Harris

Army Recruit Training Centre Kapooka - Colonel Rachel Harris

On behalf of all the staff 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 (1RTB), the Army Adventurous Training Wing, and the recently established Recruit Development Wing. It is also the home of the famous Kapooka Band.

This March Out Guide has been designed to assist you to plan your visit for the March Out Parade. The Wagga district has much to offer and I would encourage you to spend a few days here and take a look around. There are no geographic restrictions on the soldiers on the evening following March Out or the following Saturday. You can chose from all of the accommodation options available and you can socialise anywhere within Wagga and the nearby district during your visit. In regards to accommodation, I encourage you to book directly with the hotels and motels listed within this guide, many offer discounted rates for March Out Parade visitors and they are generous sponsors of this magazine.

LTCOL McMurray

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

March Out Leave is permitted outside the CBD and within the wider Wagga Wagga area

Kapooka March Out Leave Guide

There are NO Leave Boundaries after the  March Out Parade.

There are NO geographic restrictions on the soldiers on the evening following March Out or on Saturday. You may stay in any motel anywhere within Wagga and the nearby district - recruits are permitted to visit any of these motels.

Families and recruits are free to eat, drink and socialise anywhere within Wagga and the nearby district - they are NOT restricted to the CBD.

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