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Defence Special Operations Training & Education Centre

Special Operations Training & Education Centre
Defence Special Operations Training & Education Centre is Special Operations Command's ‘schoolhouse’.

Defence Special Operations Command Education & Training Centre (DSOTEC) is Special Operations Command’s new training authority, responsible for ensuring the Joint special operations capability is better integrated and engaged across the Australian Defence Force.

DSOTEC will command two new Australian Defence Force training schools:

  • Australian Defence Force School of Special Operations
  • Australian Defence Force Parachuting School.

DSOTEC will be responsible for Special Operations Command recruitment, selection, training, education and trade management.

DSOTEC conducts selection courses for all special forces. If you're not already in the Australian Defence Force and you're interested in becoming a 1st Commando Regiment (Army Reserve) commando or a 2nd Commando Regiment (full-time) commando, contact Defence Jobs on 13 19 01.


DSOTEC was established by Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, Chief of the Australian Army, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Force during a ceremony at Holsworthy Barracks, Sydney, on Tuesday, 19 November 2019.

DSOTEC was reorganised from the Special Operations Training & Education Centre (SOTEC), which was established on 1 September 2017 from the Special Forces Training Centre (SFTC). SFTC was established at Lone Pine Barracks, Singleton, NSW, on 1 December 1998 in response to a mid-1990s review to enhance and reinvigorate Australia's special operations capabilities.

Last updated
19 November 2019
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