Learn to Lead
The Army transforms ambitious and resourceful civilians into leaders and managers with exciting careers. It all starts at the Royal Military College, one of the world's finest military training institutions.
Take command of a platoon within just 18 months
Train to be your very best
As you learn to become an Army Officer you'll gain invaluable leadership, management, military and personal skills; plus you'll get paid while you train. General Service Officer training teaches you how to command and lead Soldiers, and you can start straight from Year 12. Alternatively, if you're already a qualified professional with skills transferrable to the Army, you may apply to become a Specialist Service Officer.
If you have resolve and commitment, and enjoy taking charge in a team environment, you could make an excellent General Service Officer (GSO). The Army provides expert leadership training through an 18-month intensive course (12 months for ADFA graduates) and will equip you with the skills required to lead a platoon of Soldiers in your nominated specialisation within one of these areas:
- Military Police
The GSO course is divided into three classes. On graduation you will be commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army and assigned to your specific Corps for specialised training.
AIM: To master the foundational war fighting skills to command and lead Soldiers at section level and perform as a team member in a rifle section.
During Initial Cadet Training at Majura, near Canberra, you receive detailed training in:
- The attributes of an Australian Soldier
- Service rifle operation
- Light support weapon operation
- Grenade launcher operation
On returning to RMC, you start learning to command and lead Soldiers in combat through field exercises, where you take charge of your classmates in scenarios developed to test your ability to plan and lead at the section level (up to 8 Soldiers).
AIM: To command and lead Soldiers in foundation war fighting at section level.
Once you have demonstrated you can operate as a team member within a section, you progress to Second Class, where you train to command Soldiers at the section level (up to 8 Soldiers).
You now act as the commander in a range of activities and combat simulations for weeks at a time. Scenarios will focus on a conventional war fighting environment, including section leadership in offensive and defensive operations. When not in command of the section, you continue building your foundation skills from Third Class as a team member.
During this semester there's a strong emphasis on fieldwork, and you will be given many opportunities to apply your knowledge in exercises. Key aspects of training include:
- Commanding Soldiers on operations
- Using technology in the workplace
- Providing technical advice
- Supervising equity and diversity in the workplace
- Conducting risk assessment in a defence environment
- Operating communications systems and equipment
AIM: To command and lead Soldiers in a contemporary warfare environment.
By now you will have proven your ability to command and lead Soldiers in conventional war fighting environments, and learnt to use weapon systems in support of the platoon. Now you're ready to practice commanding a platoon in contemporary war fighting environments.
Your knowledge of strategic issues, management, military history and leadership will be further developed in complex urban operations and larger scale exercises. These are designed to challenge physical and mental barriers, and mark your final preparation before being commissioned as a Lieutenant. Key aspects of training include:
- Commanding platoon level operations
- Gathering and analysing information
- People management skills
- Conducting urban operations training, techniques and procedures
- Working effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
- Using resources to achieve work unit goals
- Conducting basic range practices
- Leading, managing and developing teams
- Service pistol operation
By graduation from RMC, you will have acquired the skills and values to become an Australian Army Officer.
After completing one of the most intense and challenging leadership courses in the world, you'll continue to learn and train. You will be assigned to one of the Army's specialised branches, known as Corps, where you'll put into professional practice all that you've learned at RMC.
Initially you will be required to complete training specific to your Corps. Then you may find yourself taking troops through field exercises, tactical assaults or managing any number of vital Army functions.
The Corps you're assigned to comes down to your preference, competitiveness and the availability of positions.
If you've completed a degree in Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Engineering or Teaching, you could become a Specialist Service Officer after 45 days (depending on the type of degree) of intensive training at RMC.
As an officer serving in a specialist capacity, your course will be condensed into three modules, covering Foundation Skills and Officer Skills. Amongst many other topics, you will acquire skills and knowledge in:
- First aid
- Weapons training
- Battle tactics
- Leadership skills
On completion of Officer Training you will be posted to an Army unit to start work in your profession.
Enjoy a unique lifestyle while you learn
Much more than just a world-class military college, RMC is a dynamic community that nurtures the leaders of tomorrow. Everything you need is available from advanced training facilities to a gym, pool, courts, numerous sports fields, shops, entertainment facilities, and plenty of other areas to relax and make new friends.
The museums, galleries and restaurants of Canberra are just a stone's throw away; and at night the city comes alive with theatre, festivals, live music and more.
Stay in or head out
Because peace and privacy matter, you'll have your own secure room at RMC with bathroom facilities and plenty of storage. The building you're in will also have a laundry and recreation room.
But when you're not studying or resting, you'll be training, eating and socialising with a great bunch of like-minded mates, sharing experiences and bonding for life. One thing all RMC cadets proudly keep after graduation, is their friendships.
Take a break
RMC leave periods give you plenty of opportunity to relax and return home to see family and friends. The leave you'll be given every three months includes one week off mid-semester, two weeks off at the end of semester and four weeks over Christmas. To make it even easier to see family, the Army will pay for you to travel home once a year.
START OFFICER TRAINING WITH A $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP
RMC Scholarships are awarded to women and men who demonstrate they have the potential to develop into an outstanding Army Officer. Twelve Scholarships of $10,000 are awarded each year to successful applicants for the role of General Service Officer (GSO). The three RMC Scholarship categories available are:
- Leadership and Management Scholarship
- Women in Management Scholarship
- Indigenous Management Scholarship
Applying for an RMC scholarship simply requires you to tell us why you are a future leader, based on a number of criteria. To receive information about the written submission required, contact your Case Manager (if you have already applied to be a GSO) or:
Graduate with pride
After 18 months of hard work, you're ready to march off the parade ground and into an exciting role within one of the Army Corps. The graduation parade is an opportunity to celebrate your achievement with friends and family. During the ceremony, the Governor-General awards the highest marked graduate with the Queen’s Medal and the cadet who has demonstrated exemplary conduct and performance of duty, receives the Sword of Honour.
Key RMC dates
Officer Selection Boards for the January 2018 and July 2018 RMC intakes will occur:
- 18-22 September 2017
- 16-20 October 2017
- 5-9 February 2018
- 26-29 March 2018
- 3-6 April 2018
- 30 Apr – 4 May 2018
- 6-7 May 2018
RMC graduates live and work both within Australia and around the world, and have gone on to pursue successful Army and civilian careers in virtually every industry.
His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC is currently the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia. He was previously a Qantas Airways board member and Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University. After a distinguished career in the Army, starting at RMC, he is best known for commanding the international peacekeeping mission to East Timor in 1999. He later served as Chief of Army and Chief of the Australian Defence Force before retiring from the Service. In 2014 he was sworn in as Governor General.
Professor O'Neill is a highly distinguished graduate of RMC. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford. He returned to resume military duties in Australia, and served in the Vietnam War. In 1988, Professor O'Neill was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Former Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman is a qualified Civil Engineer who's also a graduate of RMC. He had a 13-year career as an Australian Army Engineer, and left to pursue a successful civilian career. He helped improve the performance of major Australian companies as a business consultant and started his own consulting firm before entering politics and becoming Premier of Queensland.
Bradley Greive is a well known RMC graduate. Upon finishing his service, Bradley turned his hand to creative writing. In 2000 Greive released his first book entitled, The Blue Day Book, a collection of stunning animal photography and inspirational text. Since his debut, Grieve has published over 20 books, has been published on six continents, has gained numerous number one bestseller accolades and has sold over 20 million copies to date.