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Soldier Training at Kapooka
Every soldier starts their career at Kapooka, the ‘home of the soldier’. It’s where you will be transformed from a civilian into a fit, capable, confident and resourceful member of the Army.
Training for your role in the Army
Army training is all about building the fitness required to be an effective soldier and ensuring you have the required skills and personal attributes to tackle every challenge.
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.
During training, you will take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. You'll be challenged both mentally and physically.
- Weapon handling and shooting
- Combat skills
- First aid
- Self-organisation skills
- Army drill
- Field craft
Although it can be demanding, most recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved. The priority of our instructors is to help you succeed.
For more information, visit 1st Recruit Training Battalion – Kapooka.
Following graduation from recruit training you'll start learning the skills of your trade or profession under the guidance of world-class Army instructors. This could take you to one or more locations across Australia, equipping you with transferable skills and qualifications that will be of benefit wherever your career takes you in the future.
Once you’ve finished your initial employment training, you’ll be assigned to an Army unit and your career as a soldier will begin.
You'll need to be physically prepared to undertake a role in the Army. This requires a base level of fitness to address the physical demands of initial military training and guard against injury.
During the application process, you’ll be assessed through a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA). The specified number of exercises will vary depending on the role you’re applying for. To find out which PFA is relevant to you, visit the Health and Fitness page.
Once in the Army, fitness training is part of your job and you'll continue improving your health in a supportive team environment.
Learn about Kapooka from some of our recruits
Discover what life at Kapooka is really like and learn about how to prepare for soldier training.
What’s next after Kapooka?
On completion of Recruit Training you'll apply the skills you've acquired at Kapooka to employment training in your specific job.
Your questions answered
If you can't find what you’re looking for about Kapooka here, please call 13 19 01, visit your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre, or ask us on Facebook.