Life at RMC-D
Staff Cadets are allocated to one of the five companies of the Corps while progressing from III Class to I Class over the course of eighteen months.
The Duntroon Community Centre (DCC) opened in 1981 and enables support to Defence families through a diverse array of programs and activities including a licensed Play School, play groups, craft groups, playgrounds, bookclub and children's art class.
9am - 2.30pm, Tue-Fri
Ph: (02) 6265 9411
Fax: (02) 6265 9063
Location: Gymkhana Rd, Duntroon ACT 2612
Duntroon Play School
The Duntroon Play School is licensed through the ACT Office of Children's Services and offers a play-based, child-centred program in a caring and nurturing environment supported by a qualified teacher and assistant. The Play School offers indoor and outdoor play times, music, dance, language and story experiences. Children must be three years old and fully toilet trained to be eligible.
Allen Main Memorial Preschool
The Allen Main Memorial Preschool is operated by Campbell Primary School in conjunction with the Department of Education.
For information regarding enrolment at this Preschool refer to the school website.
The Corps of Staff Cadets is an heirarchical cadet organisation which is structurally based on an infantry battalion, including company, platoon and section appointments, and is supervised by the staff of RMC-D.
Long Tan Company
Long Tan Company is named after the 1966 battle during the Vietnam War and consists of Kendall, Sabben and Sharp Platoons.
The Battle of Long Tan
The Battle of Long Tan took place during the Vietnam War on 18 August 1966. Delta Company of the 6th Battalion, in attempting to clear the Long Tan rubber plantation, came into contact with a force estimated at 2500 men of the 275th Viet Cong Regiment. The Company suffered attack after attack. For its epic stand against a far numerically superior enemy, Delta Company was awarded the United States Presidential Unit Citation (Army) by President Lyndon Johnson for extraordinary heroism.
The mascot of Long Tan Company is a Bengal Tiger who resides at the National Zoo and Aquarium.
The Company colour is yellow.
Kokoda Company is named after the World War II battle in New Guinea and consists of Kingsbury, McCallum and Potts Platoons.
The Battle of Kokoda
The Battle of Kokoda took place over the rugged Kokoda Trail during the period July - November 1942. The initial Japanese advance from Buna on the north coast of New Guinea, surprised the Australians who were forced to fight a difficult withdrawal over the Kokoda Trail to Imita Ridge (48 kilometres from Port Moresby). At this point, the Australians took the offensive and forced the resisting Japanese back over the Trail to Buna.
The Kokoda Company mascot is The Dogs closely associated with the Company motto 'Cry Havoc! and let slip the dogs of war!' taken from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar.
The Company colour is green.
Alamein Company is named after the World War II battle in North Africa and consists of Cobb, Magno and Sanderson Platoons.
The Battle of Alamein
The Battle of Alamein, 23 October to 4 November 1942, was the decisive battle in North Africa. The 8th Army commanded by General Montgomery defeated the Axis armies and ended any threat to British superiority in the Middle East. The Australian 9th Division under Major General Morshead played a major part in this battle.
Alamein Company has the Running Man and Scorpion as their proud mascots. The Alamein motto is "Hold Firm".
The Company colour is maroon.
Gallipoli Company is named after the World War I battle in Turkey. It consists of Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine and Krithia Platoons, each one a significant milestone in the ANZAC history.
The Battle at Gallipoli
The Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey was the scene of landings by Australian, New Zealand and British forces on 25 April 1915. During this campaign the ANZAC tradition of Australian and New Zealand troops fighting together began. It was here that Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges, KCB, CMG, Commander of the 1st AIF and first Commandant of RMC, received wounds from which he subsequently died on board the hospital ship HMHS Gascon.
Gallipoli Company was established in 1954 and is the College’s longest serving company.
Gallipoli’s mascot is the Michelin Man, and company’s motto is ‘Steadfast’.
Gallipoli Company’s colour is royal blue.
Gallipoli Company functions as a family oriented environment, often holding functions in the Gallipoli courtyard for company members and their loved ones. These events provide opportunities to establish well-rounded friendships both inside and outside the work environment.
The Gallipoli courtyard is currently undergoing renovations under the name ‘Operation Blue Tent’, which includes the installation of a gazebo and gym equipment. This project is due to the hard work, innovation and fundraising efforts of enthusiastic Gallipoli members.
In addition to being the heart of the company, the Gallipoli common room, or Fussell room, is home to the Gallipoli museum. The glass cabinets hold an impressive collection of artefacts and souvenirs from World War 1, many specifically relating to the battle at Gallipoli.
Among the Corps of Staff Cadets, Gallipoli Company holds the reputation of the most studious Company with high academic achievers.
Kapyong Company is named after the 1951 battle during the Korean War and consists of Madden, Montgomerie and Saunders Platoons.
The Battle of Kapyong
The Battle of Kapyong was a battle of the Korean War during the Chinese Fifth Phase Offensive. During the Battle, in April 1951, the 3rd Battalion distinguished itself with a spirited defence against the advancing Chinese. For its stand and successful withdrawal the Battalion was awarded the United States Distinguished Unit Citation.
Kapyong Company has the Fighting Rat as the Company Mascot. Known affectionately as 'The Rats', Kapyong prides itself on its high Company morale and faith in the Rat.
The Company colour is black.
RMC-D features modern facilities tailored to the delivery of its military curriculum.
Flexible Learning Centre
The Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) provides cadets with access to Defence ICT. Some subjects taught at RMC-D require cadets to complete self-paced learning packages. Electronic assessments are also conducted in the facility.
Weapon Training Simulation System
The Weapons Training Simulation System (WTSS) is a virtual weapons range designed to allow Staff Cadets to practice weapon handling drills, marksmanship principles and fire control orders. The facility also allows cadets to fire a wide variety of weapons including the F88 Austyer rifle, F89 Minimi Light Support Weapon and the 84mm Carl Gustav anti-armour weapon.
Military Instruction Block
Most of the theory lessons taught at RMC-D focus on the development of tactical planning skills and are conducted in the Military Instruction (MI) Block. During 2004, the MI Block received a multi-million dollar upgrade and now features a state of the art Flexible Learning Centre, model rooms, lecture theatres and syndicate rooms.
These facilities allow for classroom instruction using PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio and live material as well as simulations using miniature representations of battles and tactical scenarios. Syndicate rooms allow small groups of up to twelve cadets to debate important issues such as tactical problems, leadership issues and ethical dilemmas, while SmartBoards enable important points to be recorded for later study.
Majura Training Area
The Majura Training Area (MTA) is a short drive north of Canberra Airport and is used for field, navigation and firearms training, based from Camp Blake. Upon arriving at RMC-D, new Staff Cadets undergo Initial Cadet Training, a twelve week package designed to introduce candidates to military life.
The MTA is used for leadership activities, tactical exercises and physical training using the bayonet assault, leadership reaction and obstacle courses.