Posting to Kapooka
A posting to Kapooka provides instructors and their family a balanced lifestyle, as the training of recruits follows a strict program. You can predict your work hours, usually weeks, and possibly months, in advance. You can plan your leave, as you can usually expect approximately 10 days leave after march-out of an ARA platoon (subject to scheduling).
The transition to working in a training establishment can be difficult at first but over the course of time you will gain invaluable skills. You will become a better communicator and facilitator of training by applying your own experiences, skills and knowledge. As a Recruit Instructor you will train recruits into the next generation of Australian soldiers. There is no where else in the Army that you can have such a direct impact on the Army's future.
And let's not forget the families. The Wagga community caters for just about everything they could want. The support networks from DCO, DHA and other local groups will make your transition and relocation an easy and pleasant one. There are many great schools in the area, both public and private, and because Wagga is the regional centre for the Riverina there are plenty of employment opportunities. The centre of Wagga is also only 12km from the front gate of ARTC.
The information sheets below provide useful information for families moving to the area.
Recruit Instructor benefits
1ST Recruit Training Battalion (1RTB) is one of the few units in the Australian Army that has implemented a Respite Policy. 1 RTB places a high priority on the management of Staff Respite to ensure personnel are effectively managed.
The very structured nature of the 1 RTB training programs offers the Unit unique opportunities to effectively plan staff respite to meet individual Recruit Instructor (RI) requirements. As such 1 RTB can plan respite with a high degree of certainty. The Recruit Throughput Plan provides 1 RTB staff with the freedom of manoeuvre to plan leave/duties/allocations to maximise individuals RI's respite opportunities.
Additional to the leave credits granted yearly, staff members are 1 RTB are also granted:
- Three days short leave (OC's grant) post march out of a platoon;
- A block of five days CO's leave grant (FSL) every six months;
- A maximum of five days ERL; and
- Out of an 80 days training program and RI can anticipate up to 12 days rest during ARC and approximately ten days leave after march-out, subject to scheduling.
The training curriculum at 1 RTB has been designed to afford opportunities for staff to take short leave and general downtime throughout the program.
Allocations and Duties. RI's are to be given a minimum two weeks advance warning of allocations and generally a four week warning for all duties. On average an RI can expect two duties per month.
Financial recompense and recognition
To assist with the unique demands of serving within the Recruit Training environment, the Recruit Instructor Bonus provides a Recruit Instructor with an opportunity to be paid an additional sum of moneyfor the duration of their posting. There is a standard qualifying condition that exists which is covered on the Recruit Instructor Course.
Family and work balance. All commanders within the 1 RTB are proactive in supporting our families. The Respite Policy has been formulated to ensure that all members of the unit can achieve a happy family and work balance. Battalion Staff are to be afforded the time to address, what could be considered reasonable, family issues. The curriculum and leave management guidelines provided in the policy allow ample time for the chain of command and unit members to work together to ensure this balance is achieved.
A number of recent initiatives include the partners 'Ready To Work Scheme' have been implemented to support partners who accompany staff.
Sport and leisure activities
While Recruit Training is our core business within 1 RTB every staff member is to be given the opportunity to utilise their spare time to play sport and where possible attend related activities such as sports training.
The base facilities include:
- 2 swimming pools (Indoor heated pools with a kids pool under shade)
- Gym & cardio room
- Squash courts
- Tennis courts
- 18 Hole golf course
- Post office
- ADCU & Def Credit
- Cinema (regularly showing new release movies)
- Kids playground & BBQ area
More information on base facilities is located here.
Most instructors are surprised to learn that Wagga Wagga is one of Australia's leading regional cities with a population of over 60,000. It is also conveniently located in the centre of Australia's population triangle (Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide - and only 2 1/2 hours to canberra).
Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the city has all the services of a large city. Wagga Wagga has a domestic airport (Regional Express and Qantas Airlines), Charles Sturt University, the Royal Australian Air Force Base and the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Centre.
Wagga is located in the heart of the Riverina and encompasses the area north of the Murray River and includes towns such as Griffith, Narranderra and Ardlethen. This area specialises in agriculture and livestock and is particularly known for its wine production.
Wagga is well known for its sporting prowess and proudly holds the motto of 'the city of good sports'.
With a relatively small number of residents, the town produces an extraordinary number of high-profile AFL players (Paul Kelly, Wayne Carey, Terry Daniher), NRL players (Peter Sterling, Steve & Chris Mortimer, Jamie Soward), cricketers (Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Geoff Lawson), track and field athletes (Patrick Dwyer, Brad Kahlefelt), golfer (Steve Eklington), tennis (Tony Roche) and more. There is a strong sporting culture for people of all ages and the sporting facilities available are excellent.
There are plenty of social and competitive sporting competitions in Wagga. Some of these include:
- Australian rules football
- Rugby league
- Rugby union
- Volleyball (indoor)
- Cricket (indoor and outdoor)
- Tennis (indoor and outdoor)
- Lawn bowling
- Cycling (mountain bike, track circuit and road)
- Golf (18 holes courses, pitch and put)
- Shooting (clay and pistol)
- Racing (horse, harness and greyhounds)
For those that love their water-sports, they'll be pleased to know that Wagga is located right on the Murrumbidgee River, has a large man-made lake (Lake Albert), and is the home of the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre (state of the art indoor and outdoor swimming/diving/kids pool facilities). Some popular water-sports in the area include:
- Water skiing
- Fresh water fishing
- Water polo