You never stop learning in the Army. From basic training and trade apprenticeships to leadership and management training, the Army gives you the skills and knowledge to fulfil your potential in every way.
Training that benefits every aspect of your career
The expert training you receive in the Army will drive your career progression, giving you a broad skill set that will benefit your future career opportunities. Many of the courses we run lead to nationally-recognised qualifications, and you'll be given plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge, diversify, and attain higher rank.
Soldier training prepares you for Army life, ensuring you're fit enough to serve, while equipping you with the personal and physical skills to tackle every challenge in every situation. This is followed by employment training specific to your role, after which you will commence work.
Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Duration: 80 days (or 35 days for Reservists)
Your Army career will start at Kapooka, the 'Home of the Soldier'. Here you'll be challenged both mentally and physically, as you learn about:
- Weapon handling and shooting,
- Combat skills,
- First aid,
- Army drill, and
- Field craft.
Though the intense physical training can be demanding, most recruits find the sense of achievement on completing this course extremely rewarding. On graduation from Recruit Training you'll undertake specialist employment training in your trade or category.
Following graduation from recruit training you'll start learning the skills of your trade or profession, under the guidance of world-class Army trainers. This could take you to one or more locations across Australia, equipping you with 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 have to be both mentally and physically fit to carry out your duties in the Army. During a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment you’ll need to be able to perform 45 (feet held) sit-ups and 15 push-ups (men) or 8 push-ups (women). You’ll also have to achieve a 7.5 shuttle run score in a multistage fitness test.
Find out about help with achieving 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. You can read more on the Fitness in the Army page or find out about ongoing fitness needs by downloading our Army Physical Continuum Information PDF.
All aspiring Officers undertake Initial Officer Training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon near Canberra. Some start straight from school, uni, or another job; while others take a degree course at the Australian Defence Force Academy first. Either way, Army training equips them with the personal and professional skills to lead on the world stage.
Royal Military College, Duntroon, ACT
Duration: 18 months for General Service Officers (12 for ADFA graduates) 45 days for Specialist Service Officers
General Service Officer Course
This course gives you the experience and confidence to command a team of soldiers. On completion of 18 action-packed months of leadership and military skills training you'll be a Lieutenant in the Army, in command of your own platoon of 30 or more soldiers.
Specialist Service Officer Course
If you are a qualified professional, such as an Engineer, Doctor, or Nurse, you can become an Army Officer following seven weeks of intensive training, split into Foundation Skills and Officer Skills modules.
Army Reserve Training
Both types of course are available on a part-time basis for those wishing to become an Officer in the Army Reserve. For instance, the Army Reserve GSO course involves five modules totaling 111 days at RMC, but you'll be given up to three years to complete it.
For more detailed information visit the Officer Opportunities page.
You'll need a good level of fitness to be an Army Officer. If you're a fairly active person who spends some time exercising and playing sport, you should be able to meet entry requirements.
Fitness training will form part of your workday, and most recruits really enjoy the challenge. Female and male instructors will guide you through activities such as obstacle courses, circuit training and endurance exercises, and their priority is to build your confidence and help you succeed in tests. You can read more on the Fitness in the Army page or find out about ongoing fitness needs by downloading our Army Physical Continuum Information PDF.
If you choose to gain a degree through the Australian Defence Force Academy before becoming an Army Officer, your career will start at the ADFA campus in Canberra. Part of the University of New South Wales, ADFA offers world-class military and academic education with the best student/teacher ratio in the country.
As an ADFA student you'll receive a salary plus full medical and dental cover; and your tuition fees and other student expenses are paid by the Department of Defence. In return, you have a Return of Service Obligation. See individual jobs for details.
The learning never stops
As well as specialist training courses, the Army operates promotion courses that prepare you for your higher rank and the responsibilities and duties that go along with it. If you’re up for the challenge, the opportunities are there.
The Army also invests heavily in the ongoing personal and professional development of all personnel. You can choose to grow your skills in your existing specialisation through additional study, or you might be approved to specialise in another field.
One option is the Defence Assisted Study Scheme, which gives you time off to complete classes in your chosen course and sit exams, and pays up to 75% (course dependent) of compulsory fees.