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
Location: Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Duration: 12 weeks (or 35 days for Reservists)
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.
In order to join the Army you will have to meet certain fitness requirements. When you complete your Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA) you’ll need to be able to achieve:
- 45 sit-ups
- 8 push-ups (females) or 15 push-ups (males)
- a 7.5 shuttle run score in a multistage fitness test
Find out how we can help you achieve the fitness required to join the Army on our Health and Fitness page.
Once in the Army, fitness training will be part of your job, and most soldiers really enjoy this aspect of their work.