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Enjoy unique experiences

Experience excitement and adventure outside the everyday on military exercises and deployments.

Learn transferable skills

Learn skills that are transferrable to your civilian career. Improve your leadership, decision-making and self-confidence.

Build your confidence

Apply your existing skills in a unique military environment. Step outside your comfort zone to develop.

Part-time commitment

Work a minimum of 20 days or up to 100 days. The amount you choose to work is flexible and depends on your job training, and if you choose to undertake deployment.

Soldier Training

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Your part-time Army career will start at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga in NSW. This training will equip you with new skills, experience and knowledge beyond your day job. In approximately 3 weeks, you'll be challenged to step outside your comfort zone, as you learn:

  • Weapons handling and shooting
  • Combat skills
  • First aid
  • Teamwork
  • Time management and resilience
  • Army drill
  • Fieldcraft and navigation

Though the intense physical training can be demanding, many recruits find the sense of achievement on completing this course extremely rewarding.

Your training at Kapooka is followed by employment training relevant to your chosen role, which can be completed in one or more blocks as required.

General Service Officer training

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As an officer in the Army Reserve you will first complete the Soldier Training Course at Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga, in NSW. You are required to complete the course within six months of enlisting. 

Following completion of the Soldier Training Course you will be required to complete the Officer Commissioning Course (OCC). This course focuses on instilling Defence Force values and teaching you important management and leadership skills. 

The course is made up of 4 additional training blocks and regular training conducted through self-paced workbooks and exercises at your local unit. The 4 additional training blocks are to be completed over a 3 year period. Most candidates will complete the course within 18 months - 2 years. You can also finish sooner with recognition of prior learning. 

To find out more about what you’ll learn please visit the Military Training section of the Army Reserve Officer role.

Specialist Service Officer training

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If you’re already qualified in a profession such as healthcare, finance, law, chaplaincy, management, aviation, engineering or education, you can become a Specialist Service Officer. 

This requires training across three modules, taking up a total of between 9 and 41 days, depending on your specialisation. In these modules you’ll learn the military skills required to serve as an officer in the Army Reserve.

What to expect from training?

Training can be tough, but it’s hugely rewarding. You’ll learn new skills, and self-awareness. While you’re completing basic training, you’ll also gain important skills while working in a close-knit team. Completing training is a huge achievement and something that you’ll be very proud to have done alongside a community of like-minded teammates.

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