Families and friends of recruits are invited to attend the March Out Parade at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka. March Out Parades are held to acknowledge the completion of the Army Recruit Course (ARC) and the Part Time Recruit Training Course (PRTC). The March Out day gives family and friends the opportunity to join in celebrating the graduating soldiers’ achievements. A detailed sequence of events for the ARC and PRTC are detailed here within Kapooka Parade times.
Getting to Kapooka
Blamey Barracks, or Kapooka as it is known locally, is approximately 10 km south west of the Wagga Wagga CBD. When travelling from the Wagga Wagga CBD, drive west on the Sturt Highway, and turn left (south) onto the Olympic Highway at the signpost ‘Kapooka / Culcairn / Albury’. Follow the Olympic Highway south for approximately 2.5kms and turn right onto Camp Access Rd at the signpost ‘Kapooka’, just before the railway overpass bridge. Follow Camp Access Rd to Blamey Barracks.
The distance from the Wagga Wagga Airport to Kapooka is approximately 20 km, and is approximately 25 minutes by taxi, depending on traffic. If you intend to travel by taxi from the Wagga Wagga Airport directly to Kapooka, we recommend that you make arrangements to drop off your luggage at your accommodation prior to arriving at Kapooka. There are no luggage lockers or luggage minding services available at Kapooka. If you are travelling by private vehicle, you may leave your luggage in the vehicle in the car park.
Sign posts directing visitors to the visitors’ car park are located just short of the barracks front gate on Camp Access Rd. There is no requirement for visitors to arrive at Kapooka prior to 8.00 am.
Movement from the Carpark to the Parade Ground
Visitors’ vehicles are not permitted to enter Blamey Barracks due to current security arrangements; all movement within the barracks, including to the parade ground, are by bus. The bus pick-up and drop off point is adjacent to the visitor’s car park and is clearly sign posted. It is requested that visitors who are currently serving in the ADF also park in the visitors’ car park and utilise the buses provided. Buses begin transporting visitors from the car park one hour prior to the start of the parade. For the ARC March Out Parade visitors are given a tour of the barracks prior to arriving at the parade ground. Due to time constraints, there are no tours prior to the PRTC March Out Parade. Prams and wheelchairs can be taken on the buses to the parade ground. During the tour photos are permitted. During the tour visitors are not to exit the bus unless directed to do so by the tour guide or bus driver.
March Out Parade
The ARC March Out Parade commences at 9.30am. The PRTC March Out Parade commences at 3:30 pm. After the buses drop you at the parade ground, you are free to choose your own seating within the two large sheltered seating areas. Escorts and guides will be located around the parade ground to assist visitors. The parade will generally take 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of platoons marching out.
March Out Parade Function
After the parade, a March Out function is held in the Edmondson, VC Club. All staff, soldiers and their visitors with a meal ticket are invited to the function. Visitors are picked up from the parade ground and transported to the Edmondson, VC Club by bus. Generally, buses will arrive within ten minutes of the end of the parade to begin transporting visitors to the Edmondson, VC Club. The function includes a short speech, the cutting of the March Out cake and a buffet meal. Details regarding these timings will be confirmed at the conclusion of the parade. Visitors who are not attending the March Out function will be bussed back to the carpark at the conclusion of the parade. The numbers of guests at March Out parade varies from 200 to over 600. Therefore the process of moving from the parade ground to the Edmonson Centre can take time. You may wish to bring items such as an umbrella, we recommend that you dress according to the prevailing weather conditions.
After the ARC March Out Function
All visitors will be transported from the Edmondson VC Club to the visitor’s car park between 1:00 and 1:30 pm. All Regular Army soldiers will return to their lines at this time to change into civilian clothing prior to going on local leave with their families.
A bus will transport all recruits from Kapooka to the Wagga Wagga train station. The return bus will pick the recruits up at the Wagga Wagga train station at 9:00 pm and return them to Kapooka.
While on local leave, the soldiers may eat, socialise and shop anywhere within Wagga and the surrounding villages. They have no geographic restrictions. Therefore you may choose accommodation and restaurants that suit your budget and your family circumstances. The only restriction the soldiers have, apart from maintaining good soldierly conduct, is to return to Kapooka on time.
Married soldiers will have the opportunity to apply for extended leave, in order to spend the evening with their family. Married soldiers must apply for extended leave prior to their March Out day, as requests on the day will not be considered.
All soldiers will have the opportunity to apply for leave on the Saturday, the day after the March Out Parade, which will present a further opportunity for families to spend time together prior to the soldier’s return to Kapooka. Soldiers will not be permitted to take leave on the Sunday after the March Out Parade, as this time is needed to prepare for departing Kapooka on the Monday.
After the PRTC March Out Function
Reserve soldiers are permitted to go on local leave at the conclusion of the March Out Function at approximately 6:00 pm
A bus will transport recruits from Kapooka and drop them off at the Wagga Wagga train station. The return bus will pick the recruits up at the Wagga Wagga train station at 9:30 pm and return them to Kapooka. No overnight leave will be approved for Reservists.
Reserve Soldiers are to be at the collection point at the Wagga Wagga train station NLT 9:15 pm in order to catch the return transport provided.
Army Reserve Travel
Travel arrangements for soldiers returning home after the PRTC are arranged prior to commencing recruit training. For this reason, changes to pre-arranged travel (referred to as ‘movements’) will only occur if unforeseen compassionate circumstances arise.
On the Sunday after the March Out, family and friends may attend the church services held at the Soldiers’ Chapel. If you wish to attend, your details need to be provided to the Company Second in Command prior to the March Out parade. The church services begin at 9:00 am and all visitors wishing to attend are required to arrive at the Kapooka front gate by 8:30 am to be transported to the Soldiers’ Chapel by bus (again privately vehicles are not permitted to enter). On arrival at the front gate, visitors will be provided with a security brief by duty staff prior to being transported to the Soldiers’ Chapel.
Kapooka Historical Collection
The Kapooka Historical Collection is situated opposite the Edmondson, VC Club. Visitors are welcome to take the opportunity to visit the museum and discover Kapooka’s rich military history.
Visitors intending to come to the March Out Parade with special needs are requested to discuss their specific requirements with the respective Company Second in Command.
March Out Parade Cancellations and Postponements
In some circumstances soldiers progression through training can be delayed, for example, soldiers are occasionally injured and require a break in training for rehabilitation. If a soldier is delayed in training they will be unable to March Out with their original Platoon on their original March Out date. For this reason all visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase deferrable and/or refundable travel tickets and accommodation bookings; to take out travel insurance; or to make other suitable arrangements to protect against loss or expense arising from such eventualities.
Whilst every effort is made to notify visitors as soon as possible, the Commonwealth is not responsible and accepts no liability for any loss suffered or expense incurred arising from such eventualities.
Contact information for all March Out enquiries can be made by telephoning the relevant Company Second in Command as listed below by platoon.
ALPHA COMPANY (02) 6933 8301
1 Platoon 2 Platoon 3 Platoon
4 Platoon 5 Platoon 6 Platoon
BRAVO COMPANY (02) 6933 8316
11 Platoon 12 Platoon 13 Platoon
14 Platoon 15 Platoon 16 Platoon
CHARLIE COMPANY (02) 6933 8331
21 Platoon 22 Platoon 23 Platoon
24 Platoon 25 Platoon 26 Platoon
DELTA COMPANY (02) 6933 8346
31 Platoon 32 Platoon 33 Platoon
34 Platoon 35 Platoon 36 Platoon
ECHO COMPANY (02) 6933 8713
41 Platoon 42 Platoon 43 Platoon
44 Platoon 45 Platoon 46 Platoon