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Australia Trials Faster Training Course for Army Recruits

The Australian Department of Defence is testing a new military course that speeds up the training process of army recruits by 25 percent.

Currently in its second trial stage, the Army Initial Foundation Training incorporates three 21-day modules to advance newcomers through induction, combat principles, and foundational warfighting with similar lessons provided by the service’s traditional recruit course.

The army said these training updates are required to rapidly prepare additional personnel if needed.

“The trials we are running at Kapooka are showing us that we can continue to generate well-trained soldiers in less time by making some changes to the way we have done business in the past,” Land Combat College Commandant Brig. Jason Groat explained.

“If there are areas where we need to make adjustments, we will do so.”

Army Initial Foundation Training

Army Initial Foundation Training is designed to streamline practices for full and part-time recruits.

After becoming operational, the program will be integrated into the initial entry training or IET for staff cadets joining the Royal Military College in Duntroon starting January next year.

Australian Army Lieutenant Eamon Coulthard from Echo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, demonstrates the “advances through” as part of bayonet assault course training at Kapooka, New South Wales. *** Local Caption *** Completing “basic training” at Kapooka - whether it be through the Army Recruit Course (ARC) or the Part-Time Recruit Course (PTRC) - is the first challenge a soldier must face as they embark on an Army career.Established at Kapooka in November 1951, the 1st Recruit Training Battalion has been generating new soldiers for the Australian Army since 1951. Kapooka is an Australian asset that contributes to both National security and the formation of National character through the standards set by the instructional staff. An estimated 350,000 Australians have made the transition from civilian to soldier over the last 71 years. The future of Kapooka is assured as per the 2016 Defence White Paper which flagged almost a billion dollars in Commonwealth investment for Wagga’s two Defence bases in the coming decades.
Lieutenant demonstrates the “advances through” as part of bayonet assault course training at Kapooka, New South Wales. Photo: CPL Sagi Biderman/Australian Department of Defence

The program’s Module A covers combat behaviors and mandatory training requirements. Finishers will take further training under their respective units before undertaking IET courses.

Module B focuses on service mastery and additional combat behavior applications. In this stage, recruits will gain more weapon qualifications and combat marksmanship up to Rifle Practice 3A, as well as additional physical conditioning and resilience training.

Meanwhile, Module C will set full-time recruits to foundations of warfare skills and other requirements prior to the IET related to their future trade and corps.

“The Army could rapidly generate Module A qualified soldiers in response to a large-scale natural disaster or pandemic,” Groat said.

“Another possibility enabled would be the rapid upskilling of Reserve soldiers in response to other strategic circumstances.”

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