Graduating students ready to tackle Kapooka’s basic training

A group of young indigenous students have graduated after 13 weeks of intensive training at the Kapooka Army Recruit Training Centre and Wagga TAFE campus.

The Army Indigenous Development Program (AIDP) combines educational training with the Army’s induction training and is designed to help selected Indigenous candidates meet the educational standards to enter the Army Recruit Course.

Participants live on base at Kapooka full-time to gain familiarity with military life and they attend Wagga TAFE four days a week, where they undertake a variety of activities, classes in literacy, numeracy, communication skills and cultural studies, and fitness. 

They have come from all over Australia and the Torres Straits to be involved in the program.

Lieutentant Jess Creasy said after graduating from the program, the 24 students will now begin 17 weeks of basic training at Kapooka.

Most will start on October 17, and are already familiar with Kapooka routines.