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NEWS: HOME OF THE SOLDIER 9
Army March 17, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
RECRUITS are benefiting from
an upgrade to fitness facilities at
Kapooka as a part of the Enhanced
Land Force building project.
The state-of-the-art facilities will
enhance the physical fitness levels
and the conditioning processes of
the recruits at ARTC and give PTIs
improved amenities for rehabilita-
tion and recovery.
Almost $5.6m has been spent
on a new 30m waveless swimming
pool and $4.1m on the gymnasium
extension, including a new basket-
As well, $580,000 has been
spent on the multipurpose covered
outdoor area and $666,000 on a new
RDJ course and ropes tower.
1RTB PTI Cpl Chad Gill said the
covered PT areas allowed physical
training in all weather.
"We can now also conduct more
than one training session at a time
and hold the beep test inside if it is
raining -- this is better for recruits
and staff," he said.
New gym boosts soldier training options
Cpl Chad Gill,
left, and Cpl
their paces in
the new gym
By LCpl Mark Doran
WHILE one platoon of recruits was finishing
the gruelling Kapooka Challenge, another two
platoons were on the parade ground for their
march out at 1RTB on February 25.
Recruits from A Coy put their newly learnt
soldiering abilities to the test during the final chal-
lenge of the basic recruit course, which included
the obstacle course and the bayonet assault course.
OC A Coy Maj Catie Eccleston watched her
recruits on the obstacle course and said the chal-
lenge was mainly a teamwork exercise.
"The challenge was set to test the recruits across
a couple of hours of endurance while maintaining
their tactics and skills," she said.
VCDF Lt-Gen David Hurley reviewed the sol-
diers from B Coy on the march-out parade and
said they were well presented and prepared.
"This was the first great milestone in their
career and they have well and truly earned the cel-
ebrations of today," Lt-Gen Hurley said.
"There is no doubt they have achieved a great
deal since they arrived at 1RTB."
Lt-Gen Hurley congratulated the platoons on
their achievements and their level of drill, dress
He also acknowledged the recruit instructors'
efforts and congratulated them on the quality of
quality soldiers VIPs try Army life
By LCpl Mark Doran
HIGH-profile employers and
community leaders participated
in the Defence Reserves Support
Kapooka VIP Challenge held at
ARTC on February 24-25.
The event was an employer-
engagement activity exposing the
guests to some of the challenges
faced by recruits at 1RTB.
Football legends, the Mortimer
brothers, Steve, Chris, Peter and
Glen, and Wayne Pearce, Dr Len
Notaras from Darwin Hospital and
the owner of Boost Juice Bars,
Janine Allis, were among the
group experiencing abseiling, the
high-rope confidence course and
shooting at the WTTS.
Head of the Cadet Reserve
and Employer Support Division
Maj-Gen Paul Brereton said the
ARes reached out and engaged the
civilians to educate them about the
importance of what reservists did,
and their value as employees.
"We sent them away with the
task of being our advocates in the
community," he said.
"Part of my job is to put poli-
cies in place to ensure reservists
are available when required.
"What the ADF does at the
moment depends very much on
the contribution that reservists
"More than 90 per cent of
personnel deployed to Solomon
Islands and half of our people in
East Timor are reservists.
"Using them in lower inten-
sity theatres frees up our highly
trained, high-readiness regular
forces for higher intensity opera-
The VIPs met with reserve
recruits during their training at the
range and saw how the recruits
were adjusting to Army life and
found out why some of the sol-
diers had enlisted.
Rec Kirrym Roker, 9RQR, is a
mechanic from Brisbane who said
he was overjoyed at meeting the
"It was a good change from the
normal Kapooka routine to meet
the VIPs and it certainly improved
the platoon's morale," she said.
On the second day the VIPs
witnessed part of the recruits' final
challenge at the obstacle course
then saw the march-out parade of
Roped in: Boost Juice owner Janine Allis takes on the high-wire
confidence course at Kapooka.
Photos by LCpl Mark Doran
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