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.
Here you'll be challenged both mentally and physically, as you learn about:
- Weapon handling and shooting
- Combat skills
- First aid
- Self-organisation skills
- Army drill
- Field craft
Though the physical training can be demanding, most recruits find the sense of achievement on completing this course extremely rewarding. The priority of our instructors is to help you succeed.
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.