Headquarters Forces Command manages approximately 85% of the Army’s personnel including the 1st Brigade in Darwin, 3rd Brigade in Townsville, 7th Brigade in Brisbane, 6th Brigade in Sydney, 16th Aviation Brigade in Brisbane and 17th Combat Service Support Brigade in Sydney along with Army’s training establishments including Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, Royal Military College at Duntroon, Combined Arms Training Centre in Puckapunyal, Army Logistics Training Centre at Bandiana and Army Aviation Training Centre in Oakey.
Headquarters Forces Command has responsibility for the development, training and sustainment of the Army’s Reserve capability. This is vested with Headquarters 2nd Division which commands the Army’s six Reserve Brigades.
The structure of Forces Command enables the Army to more effectively and efficiently conduct force generation and force preparation for current and future operations, and enhancing the Army’s foundation warfighting skills is the essence of this command.
Established on 1 July 2009, Forces Command became the Army’s largest functional command with the amalgamation of Land and Training Commands and the transfer of the 1st, 3rd and 7th Brigades into its structure.
With its origins in the amalgamation of Land Command and Training Command, Forces Command has inherited a proud history which continues with its location in the convict built sandstone buildings of Victoria Barracks Sydney, in Paddington.
The motto of Forces Command is 'Observe-Learn-Adapt-Win', which summarises the foundation for operational success.