Recruits marching out from Kapooka
Recruit training Kapooka
Kapooka recruit challenge

From the Commandant

home of the soldier

We understand the importance of March Out Parades to the family and friends of our newest soldiers. We have made the difficult decision to close our March Out Parades to spectators in response to changing public health circumstances.
In accordance with the latest NSW Public Health Orders, we have now taken the additional step of suspending local leave for recruits, until such time as these Public Health Orders are eased. Sustaining the Australian Defence Force with personnel is an essential activity for our Nation. We want to thank all families for the patience and understanding they have shown.
Throughout this pandemic we’ve been able to continue to train recruits and generate new soldiers for the Australian Army, thanks to the support and understanding of the families and friends of all our staff and recruits.

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