Quick and Efficient Training: The New Modular System at Kapooka
Kapooka’s recruit training is set to be accelerated by 25% with the introduction of the Army Initial Foundation Training continuum, now undergoing its second stage of trials.
The innovative course comprises three 21-day modules, ensuring recruits transition seamlessly from their initial induction to mastering combat behaviors and foundational warfighting. The aim is to produce soldiers with the same competency as those from the former Army Recruit Course.
Brigadier Jason Groat, the Commandant of the Land Combat College, emphasized the need for a revamped training approach. “Our trials at Kapooka demonstrate our ability to produce highly skilled soldiers in a shorter span by modifying our traditional training methods,” he commented. He added that adjustments would be made wherever necessary.
The continuum provides a unified training route for both full-time and part-time recruits. Moreover, it is set to be incorporated into the initial entry training (IET) for cadets of the Royal Military College in Duntroon, starting from January 2024.
The three modules, labeled A, B, and C, are structured for gradual, scalable learning:
- Module A is the foundation for both reserve and full-time recruits. It delves deep into inculcating combat behaviors and fulfills mandatory training prerequisites. Upon completion, reserve recruits will receive extended training at their units before embarking on IET courses.
- Module B advances recruits with service mastery and reinforces combat behaviors. This stage allows recruits to gain advanced weapon expertise, reaching up to Rifle Practice 3A, supplemented by rigorous physical training and resilience-building exercises.
- Module C is tailored for full-time recruits, providing them with the requisite warfighting skills and qualifications to proceed to IET for their designated corps or trade.
After commencing its second trial on August 22, the program’s efficacy will be assessed, with the possibility of it fully replacing the existing Army Recruit Course by January 2024.
The modularity of this system offers flexibility, enabling swift adaptation to evolving strategic situations. “For instance, we can swiftly generate soldiers qualified in Module A to address large-scale natural calamities or pandemics,” stated Brigadier Groat. He also pointed to the potential of promptly enhancing the skills of Reserve soldiers during other strategic situations.