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.


What is Kapooka?

Meet some of our recruits and learn about soldier training at Kapooka, what happens on day one, what daily life is like, and more.


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.

"Recruits are taught the fundamental skills to become a soldier"

In both classroom and outdoor environments, you'll become highly skilled in weapon handling and shooting, first aid, communications, navigation, living in the field and much more.


Recruit Training

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
  • Teamwork
  • 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.

Employment Training

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.

Fitness Training

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.


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.