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Part Time General Service Officer

Army Reserve soldiers conducting orders
The Part Time General Service Officer First Appointment Course commissions general service officers for the Army Reserve. It is delivered in five individual training blocks and a series of non-residential modules to reduce the complexities faced by Army Reservists in balancing their officer training requirements with their other commitments, such as civilian occupations.

Training blocks

Training Block 1: Military Foundation Skills is also known as the Reserve Recruit Training Course and is conducted at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka, near Wagga Wagga in NSW. Qualified soldiers who are selected to become officers may be granted recognition for this training and would normally commence the PT GSO FAC at Training Block 2. This training block is 35 days long.

Training Blocks 2-4: During these training blocks, candidates progress from small military team leader theory through to team command, leadership and management. Each is 16 days long and all are delivered by Sydney University Regiment in NSW.

Training Block 5: This block, known as the All Corps Army Reserve Platoon Commander course, is 28 days long and is conducted at RMC-D in Canberra. This training block confirms candidates have all the attributes, skills and values to become an officer in the Army Reserve. It also confirms that they have the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required for a junior officer to command a platoon on peace and stability operations.

Physical fitness

All candidates selected for the Part Time General Service Officer First Appointment Course are required to pass a Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) prior to commencing training.

Read more about Fitness in the ADF

The physical training guides below are designed to assist you in preparing to meet the physical demands of training.

ARES FAC Diary-Stand Alone
ARES FAC Physical Conditioning Guide
ARES FAC Physical Conditioning Program TB3

Last updated
21 December 2016
Army: Courage. Initiative. Respect. Teamwork.
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