Commanding Officer


LTCOL Andrew DeaconOur 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.

They must be able to effectively employ service weapons, navigate, operate communications equipment, survive in multiple threat environments in various terrain, by day and by night, against both conventional and unconventional threats including nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological, and improvised explosive weapons. Soldiers must be comfortable in uncertain, volatile, complex and ambiguous situations; this is essential to achieve mission success on the contemporary battlefield.

Most importantly, Australian soldiers are instilled with the Army values and core soldier behaviours. They must live the values of courage, initiative, respect, and teamwork. They must be an expert in close combat, physically tough, mentally prepared, committed to continuous improvement, courageous, take the initiative, work for the team, be compassionate and show respect. By doing so they have earned the title of being an Australian soldier and carry the ANZAC legend forward.

For the family and friends who watch your loved ones march out, be proud of their achievements. They have come a long way in a short amount of time. The transformation is remarkable. Thank you for supporting them through their training. Your assistance has enabled them to become an Australian soldier.

Enjoy your stay in Wagga Wagga, and be proud of your sons, daughters, husbands, wives and friends who will soon march out from the Army’s premier training institution and join the ranks of the Australian Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Deacon
Commanding Officer
1st Recruit Training Battalion

home of the soldier