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.

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 imbued with, and must live, the Army values and core soldier behaviours. They must live 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 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

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premier training institution.

Lieutenant Colonel

Roger McMurray

Commanding Officer

1st Recruit Training Battalion.