The legacy of Australia’s serving men and women is arguably born and nurtured here in Wagga.
It is the trainers at Kapooka that determine the kind of soldiers recruits will become when they march out.
Corporal Alex Walker is one of these trainers.
He and other physical training instructors were last week recognised for a new program, designed and launched at Blamey Barracks in 2014.
Cpl Walker said the new initiative was created to develop a more robust soldier through strength, conditioning, with an emphasis on core strength.
“The training package will prepare (recruits) for military training down the track,” Corporal Walker said.
“There’s more of an endurance emphasis than before.”
The 1st Recruit Training Battalion section members were awarded the Chief of Army Gold Level Commendation for their “superior achievement, devotion in the application of skills, judgement and dedication to duty”.
The chief of army presented the prestigious award to the group last Friday.