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

Duration: Approximately 12 weeks for full-time Army personnel or 35 days for Reservists.
Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

During training, you will take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. You'll be challenged both mentally and physically.

  • Weapon handling and shooting
  • Combat skills
  • First aid
  • Teamwork
  • Self-organisation skills
  • Army drill
  • Field craft

Although it can be demanding, most recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved. 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

You'll need to be physically prepared to undertake a role in the Army. This requires a base level of fitness to address the physical demands of initial military training and guard against injury.

During the application process, you’ll be assessed through a Pre-entry Fitness Assessment (PFA). The specified number of exercises will vary depending on the role you’re applying for. To find out which PFA is relevant to you, visit the Health and Fitness page.

Once in the Army, fitness training is part of your job and you'll continue improving your health in a supportive team environment.

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 ADF Careers Centre, or ask us on Facebook.