WHEN you join the Army Reserve as a soldier, your first stop is the initial training course at Kapooka, 10 minutes west of Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Over the course of 28 days, you'll learn about weapons, navigation, communication, first aid and survival techniques.
Don't expect it to be easy. It's a challenge, but one that's been designed to help you succeed.
After you've completed the Kapooka course, the next step is Initial Employment Training (IET), where you learn the specific skills required for your chosen role. If you've chosen to serve in the Signal Corps, for example, IET is where you'll learn about radio operation, frequency theory and encryption.
While IET usually takes place close to home, you might be required to travel interstate. This training generally takes between two and seven weeks, but there's no obligation to complete it all in one hit - you can spread it over as long as 18 months, whatever works best around your civilian commitments.
During your initial training (and any subsequent training, deployments or assistance missions) you'll be receiving tax-free pay, and learning real skills that also apply to your civilian life.
You'll go through a lot as a Reservist, whether you choose to deploy overseas or stay local and help your community. Either way, you'll be building friendships that last a lifetime.
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