Army Recruit Training Centre Kapooka

Kapooka Front Wall

Originally established in 1951 as the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, the Army Recruit Training Centre has evolved since 1989 to become a world class training establishment for all soldiers selected to join the Australian Army.

Soldier training

Soldier training

The training our soldiers receive is world class. The skills and knowledge gained in the Army commence with soldier training at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion.

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Home of the soldier : March Out Picture

Home of the Soldier

The Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) is located within Blamey Barracks, Kapooka, just 9.5km South-West of Wagga Wagga. The name Kapooka is derived from the local Indigenous dialect meaning 'place of wind'. Major General C.S. Steele chose this site as it was close to Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey's birthplace at Wagga Wagga.

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North Wagga Floods : Staying connected with the community

Keeping Kapooka connected

There are a range of support services available to Defence families in Wagga Wagga. The Kapooka Community Centre is the hub of these services and the Home of the Family.

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Kapooka Facilities - Gym


At Kapooka, there is a range of facilities for serving members to utilise in their spare time.

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Kapooka Recruit Drill Practice

Recruit Instructor information

Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) is the "Home of the Soldier" and you, as Recruit Instructors, set the example and maintain the high standards that are embedded here at Kapooka. There are many rewards to being a Recruit Instructor at ARTC and the Wagga Wagga region is a great place for you and your family.

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Conditions of pay and entitlements

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about coming to Kapooka

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