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Armoured Corps Officer


Full Time ADFA Reserve

As an Armoured Corps Officer you will command and lead soldiers who operate some of the most high-tech mobile weapon systems in the world. If you want to be respected by your peers and team and fill one of the most highly sought after combat leader positions available in Army, then this is for you.

Job Details
Australian Defence Force Academy, Royal Military College Duntroon
The Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the Army. RAAC units are able to participate in a range of operations including direct attack, reconnaissance and armoured mobility to infantry. Units of the RAAC are equipped with theAbrams Main Battle Tank (MBT) family of vehiclesor the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV) andBushmaster (PMV) family of vehicles. Officers who graduate to the RAAC undertakesix months Corps focused training at the School of Armour, Puckapunyal which includes learning to operate armoured vehicles. On completion of this training RAAC officersare then posted to troop command positions across the various units of the Corps. A typical RAAC officer demonstrates a high standard of leadership and command ability, has a thorough knowledge of tactics, and ability to quickly analyse complex and changing situations. The RAAC requires its officers to command and lead soldiers who operatehigh-tech weapon systems with skill and speed. Officers are skilled at conducting independent operations for protracted periods in remote areas and under harsh conditions. RAAC officers must be able to work closely with soldiers as part of an armoured fighting vehicle crew which presents unique challenges.

Officer (Reserve)
Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) is a combat arm with a range of capabilities that can be employed by the Army. RAAC units are able to participate in a range of operations including direct attack, reconnaissance and armoured mobility to infantry. Army Reserve units of the RAAC are equipped

with the Light Cavalry Patrol Vehicle (LCPV), Interim Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IIMV) and Bushmaster (PMV) family of vehicles. The RAAC is by the nature of its equipment, a technically oriented Corps. Active Reserve Officers who graduate to the RAAC and are posted to Reserve units, undertake training in three modules.Modules one and two comprise fifteen and ten days of non-continuous unit training in the assigned unit. Module three is of sixteen days continuous duration at the School of Armour, Puckapunyal. Qualification is gained by the final phase of a combination of continuous and non-continuous training of fifteen days. All RAAC Active Reserve Officers demonstrate high standards of leadership and command ability, a thorough knowledge of tactics, an ability to quickly analyse complex and changing situations, and a detailed knowledge of Light Cavalry units and their operations. The RAAC requires its Army Reserve Officersto provide leadership and control while conducting operations independently for protracted periods in remote areas and under harsh conditions. RAAC Active Reserve Officers must be capable of becoming part of a Light Cavalry Troop and be able to inspire and lead the high calibre soldiers that comprise these troops. The main types of Armoured Corps units are: The Tank Regiment - The Tank Regiment operates the Abrams main battle tank. The Regiment's manning and equipment make it suitable for a variety of employments. The role of the tank, in coordination with other arms, is to close with and destroy the enemy using fire, manoeuvre and shock action. The Cavalry Regiments - The Cavalry Regiments operate the ASLAV and Bushmaster (IMV) family of vehicles. A Cavalry unit's manning and equipment enable it to conduct a variety of tasks. The role of cavalry is to locate, dislocate, and disrupt the enemy through the conduct of offensive, defensive and security actions. The Light Cavalry Regiments The Light Cavalry Regiments/Units are Army Reserve units that can operate either in a mounted or dismounted role. The units are equipped with either the Light Cavalry Patrol Vehicle (LCPV) and the Interim Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IIMV) or the Bushmaster (PMV). Light cavalry conducts stability and enabling activities and augments cavalry regiments. Light cavalry tactics comprise security, stability and enabling activities including the operations of protection, counter-insurgency, evacuation and strategic response options and RFSU operations.

Entry
Australian Defence Force Academy
The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is designed to provide young Officer Cadets from all three Services (Navy, Army and Air Force) with the finest tertiary education in Australia. ADFA is a College of the University of New South Wales and officers graduate with a University of New South Wales degree. ADFA offers degrees in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Aeronautical), Science, Arts, Business, Information Technologyand a Bachelor of Technology (Aeronautical). But academic pursuits are just a part of being a student at ADFA. There's also the military studies, fitness

training, leadership and management skills you'll develop. It is the Academy's philosophy to provide cadets with every possible resource and opportunity to help them do their best, which in turn helps the Academy and its graduates live up to the maxim "To lead. To Excel". You are paid to study at ADFA and receive a textbook allowance, free medical and dental treatment, free uniforms and Higher Education Contribution Scheme payments are met by the ADF. In addition, you are guaranteed a job as an Officer in the Australian Army when you graduate. While you are studying, you will enjoy one of the best student/teacher ratios in the country and have access to state-of-the-art technology and facilities on campus dedicated to giving you the best academic and military qualifications possible. The rules for Arts and Science degrees at the Academy are quite liberal and allow you to select majors and minors from a broad range of disciplines. Other subjects, which may be of particular interest to you, are also available. Meteorology, Computer Science and Mechanics of Flight, for example. Higher degrees are offered (normally to serving officers); Masters degrees by course work and/or research and Doctorates of Philosophy for original research. A Bachelor of Business (BBus) is available to all Army candidates. The BBus will seek to achieve a more pronounced emphasis on business-related study than is possible within the scope of a major in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc). The first academic year essentially consists of the following components: 1 week Orientation; 4 weeks Academy Military Education and Training (AMET); 1 week Chief of the Defence Force Parade; 16 weeks Session 1 academic studies (This period includes a 2 week recess of career development and field trips which can be either academic or military in nature); 2 weeks mid-year examinations, followed by two weeks Single Service Training (SST) at HMAS Creswell (Navy), Royal Military College, Duntroon (Army) or RAAF Williams, Point Cook (RAAF); 14 weeks Session 2 academic studies (This period includes a 1 week study recess); 2 weeks study and end of year examinations; 3 weeks SST at respective Single Service Colleges; 1 week - Graduation; and 5 weeks end of year leave. Breaks during the year provide scope for academic field trips, military tours, excursions and adventurous

training. Military training is also provided in Defence Studies, which include Current Affairs, Military History, Physical and Recreational Training. You will also take your place in Drill and Ceremonial Parades throughout the year. Note: During 2nd and 3rd year, Single Service Training normally takes place at the beginning and end of each academic year and includes, for example, Ground Defence Training, Management and Operations theory and practice, Navigation and Single Service Drill and Ceremonial. It may also include Specialist Courses, visits to Military Units and opportunities for Service Attachments or Engineering Work Experience. After completion of academic study at ADFA, cadets proceed to the Royal Military College, Duntroon, to complete a further 12 months of military studies before graduation as an officer into the Regular Army. Towards the conclusion of their training at the Royal Military College, cadets will be allocated a Corps in the Regular Army to which they will proceed upon graduation. Individual Corps personnel requirements and the cadet's personal preference are considered when allocating a cadet to a particular Corps. Additionally cadets are in competition with their graduating peers for each position.

Royal Military College Duntroon


The Royal Military College (RMC) of Australia, Duntroon ACT, has been the training ground for some of Australia's finest young leaders for more than 80 years. Like West Point in the United States and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom, RMC is renowned for providing one of the best standards of leadership and management education in the world. The Royal Military Collegeprovides the basic military environment for the development of officer qualities in cadets. Its purpose is to instil the qualities, values and ethos of the military profession. It is based on a military training program, military discipline, a regular routine, an identifiable military organisation, goals, opportunities for the assumption of responsibility and the development of leadership potential, ceremony, customs, traditions and the high value placed on the development of the corporate spirit and identity. It is an 18 month course with intakes in July and January. The charter of the Royal Military College is to prepare cadets and other selected candidates for careers as officers in the Army by promoting learning, leadership and integrity; by inspiring high ideals and the pursuit of excellence; and inculcate a sense of duty, loyalty and service to Australia. After 18 months intensive training, RMC graduates are commissioned as Lieutenants in the Australian Regular Army with developed skills that are second to none.

Officer (Reserve)
The Army Reserve General Service Officer First Appointment Course (ARes GSO FAC) focuses on instilling Armys values (Courage, Initiative and Teamwork) in a similar fashion to soldier basic training and then providing junior officer candidates with the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon.

During training candidates will learn and be assessed on weapons, basic unarmed self defence, fieldcraft, leadership, administration and management and lots more. Training is conducted through a combination of non-continuous training (parade nights and weekends) with local Army Reserve University Regiments and residential continuous training (Training Blocks1 to 5) at centres of expertise throughout Australia, culminating with completion of the last module at the Royal Military College Duntroon (RMC). RMC is an elite officer training college with an enviable international reputation. It has been in existence since 1911. Like West Point in the United States and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom, RMC is renowned for providing one of the best standards of leadership and management education in the world. Graduates receive a Queen's Commission upon successful completion of all ARes GSO FAC training blocks, and are able to say that they have achieved a prestigious and prized commission from one of the world's premiere military leadership colleges. Further information on part-time ADF careers can be found by accessing the Defence Reserves Support Council website. The Council promotes the benefits of Reserve service by establishing partnerships with the community and employers.

Pay & Allowances


Australian Defence Force Academy
First year of training: $27,996 per year ($1,074 per fortnight).* Second year of training: $33,086 per year ($1,269 per fortnight).* Third year of training: $38,176 per year ($1,464 per fortnight).* Fourth year of training: $43,266 per year ($1,660 per fortnight).* While under training, you will also receive $9,092 per year ($349 per fortnight) Trainee Allowance. To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year ($16 per fortnight). This increases to $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) after commissioning. Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of academic, military and employment training will be: $54,209 per year ($2,079 per fortnight) In addition to your salary, you will also receive Service Allowance of $12,128 per year ($465 per fortnight) except while undertaking Military (Initial) or Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her

family. Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details. Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a salary not less than $41,658 per year ($1,598 per fortnight) while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counsellor for details. * Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Royal Military College Duntroon


First six months of Military Training at RMC: $38,176 per year ($1,464 per fortnight)).* Final 12 months of Military Training at RMC: $43,266 per year ($1,659 per fortnight).* While under training, you will also receive $9,092 per year ($349 per fortnight) Trainee Allowance. To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $419 per year ($16 per fortnight). This increases to $682 per year ($26 per fortnight) after commissioning. You will also receive Service Allowance of $12,128 per year ($465 per fortnight) except while as a Staff Cadet at the Royal Military College of Australia or undertaking Employment training. This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family. Officer Cadets graduate from RMC with the rank of Lieutenant. For an indication of salary after graduating from RMC, refer to the Salary Scales for further details. Trainees with dependants may be entitled to Trainee's Dependant Allowance which is paid to enable trainees with dependants to receive a salary not less than $41,658 per year ($1,598 per fortnight) while training. Conditions apply. Speak to your Careers Counsellor for details. * Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); or superannuation.

Officer (Reserve)
While undergoing Initial Officer Training non-degree qualified trainees receive $90.99 a day and degree qualified trainees receive $103.13. Members of the Reserve on part-time service are paid at a daily rate of pay which is tax-free. Daily rates of pay for commissioned Reserve Force Officers commence at $125.51 for non-degree qualified officers

and degree qualified officers commence at $133.67. In addition to your salary, a Reserve Allowance of $12.52 per day is payable to compensate for the unique demands of Reserve Service. Your salary will continue to increase based on your rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Your pay grade may increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of further training. Refer to the Salary Scales for further details. Note: A higher salary may be granted in recognition of relevant work experience. This will be discussed at the Officer Selection Board.

General Requirements Age Requirement


Australian Defence Force Academy
Applicants mustbe a minimum of 17 years of age on day of entry; however an age waiver may be sought for Army applicants entering the ADF through ADFA at 16 years of age. Applicants may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre. Maximum age on entry is50 years of age for 3 year degree studies and 49 years of age for 4 year degree studies. Maximum age guidelines are set to ensure Return of Service Obligations (ROSO) are met prior to the compulsory retirement age of 60.

Royal Military College Duntroon


Must be aged between 17 and53 years inclusive on date of entry. Applicants will notbe allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Officer (Reserve)
Applicants must be aged between 17 and 58 years of age inclusive on entry. Applicants will not normally be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre. Candidates whose age exceeds the age guidelines may still be considered for appointment, providing they have special skills or training that is of value to the Army.

Citizenship Requirement
Only Australian citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF. If you are a Permanent Resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary waiver of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment. More information on citizenship requirements and the citizenship waiver process is available from the Recruitment Centre and your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirement
The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry. A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance. Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.

Aptitude Requirement
The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests including verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also need additional testing at a later date. Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test. The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that match your abilities. Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.

Gender Restriction
Consistent with an exemption provided for Defence under the Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Act, women may not be employed in direct combat roles. The Direct Combat exclusion applies to all Armour, Artillery, Infantry and Combat Engineer Squadrons and precludes women from being employed in direct combat roles within these units. However, female personnel are capable of serving within Direct Combat Units (except Combat Engineer Squadrons) in

combat support positions.

Education & Experience


Australian Defence Force Academy
To be eligible for admission to UNSW@ADFA, applicants must have completed Year 12 and obtained an entrance rank high enough to qualify for entry to the relevant degree program. Further information on studying at ADFA is available here. Assumed Knowledge Requirements Assumed Knowledge is the level of subject knowledge that a lecturer or a tutor of a first year UNSW@ADFA course could reasonably expectof students enrolled in that course. Assumed Knowledge is fundamental to the assessment of whether or not an applicant is likely to succeed and is taken into account by the ADF (during the recruiting process) and by UNSW@ADFA when assessing the application. While all UNSW degrees require Year 12 English as Assumed Knowledge, applicants wishing to enter the Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology programs (or study Mathematics or Physics as part of a Bachelor of Science degree) also require current Year 12 Mathematics and Year 12 Physics as Assumed Knowledge. In States where Year 12 English may be replaced by a Humanities subject for the purposes of meeting Year 12 certificate requirements, the Assumed Knowledge is Year 11 English plus a Year 12 Humanities subject. Note: All applicants for undergraduate programs at ADFA must also apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (NSW and ACT) for entry to the University of New South Wales. The Universities Admissions Centre website is http://www.uac.edu.au ADF Service Requirements You should be aware that in addition to the UNSW@ADFA Assumed Subject Knowledge requirements, there may be some Year 12 subjects that are ADF Service requirements.

Royal Military College Duntroon, Officer (Reserve)


You must have completed Year 12 with passes in English and three other subjects. Or you may be in your final year and expect to reach these levels. (South Australian officer applicants may achieve a pass at Year 11 English and a pass in a language rich subject at Year 12 and three other subjects); Or If you do not satisfy the education requirements or do not possess evidence of your educational

attainment there is an alternative pathway available to you. You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) Assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this employment category. However, you should be 21 years of age at the time of assessment and be able to demonstrate relevant work or life experience skills that will facilitate completion of your Employment Training. Further information is available here. A tertiary qualification is not required to be an effective junior officer, however officers without degrees will be encouraged to complete a degree later in their career.

Medical & Fitness Requirements


Australian Defence Force Academy, Royal Military College Duntroon
To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination. You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer toPhysical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Officer (Reserve)
To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination. You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before enlistment. There are special swimming abilities required for the RAAC. For further details on medical and physical standards refer to 'Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF' and 'Medical Process for Entry into the ADF'.

Period of Service
Australian Defence Force Academy
You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of nine years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may tender your resignation at any time provided you do not have an outstanding Initial Minimum

Period of Service obligation. Defence Academy Entry Officers become liable to an IMPS from the graduation day of their second year of studies. This means that they may leave the Academy at any time up to the end of second year, without any obligation. Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Royal Military College Duntroon


You will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of six years. On completion of your IMPS you may continue to serve under an open-ended engagement until you decide to resign which requires three months prior notification. Your Careers Counsellor can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.

Officer (Reserve)
All candidates who are appointed or enlisted into the Army Reserve may undertake volunteer service until age 65 (Compulsory Retiring Age) subject to the requirements of the Army and suitability for further service. Members may transfer out of theactiveArmy Reserve at any time.

Additional Requirements
Royal Military College Duntroon, Officer (Reserve)
In addition to being able to pass the Army swim test, applicants must be capable of passing the Armoured Corps swim test which involves duck diving twice through at least two underwater obstacles two metres apart at a depth of not less than 2.5 metres and not more than 3.5 metres measured from the bottom of the obstacle. Applicants are to swim 30 metres in fresh water, or 50 metres in salt water and without leaving the water, remain afloat out of depth for three minutes. Applicants need to be able to withstand being confined in restricted spaces for extended periods of time and to have the capacity to hold a drivers licence. Note: Applicants who hold a drivers licence are not to have any restrictions pending or imposed by Civil Courts on their current licence. Medical Requirement In addition, applicants for RAAC must have a visual acuity of 8/3 or better in each eye, and a colour perception (CP) rating of no less than 2.

Military Training

Australian Defence Force Academy


Location of training: Australian Defence Force Academy Duration of training: 156 Weeks The academic and military training at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), Canberra ACT, takes three years to complete. After graduation, you will attend the Royal Military College, (RMC) Duntroon, for 12 months to further enhance your military training. Upon joining ADFA, you will undertake six weeks of initial military training to prepare you for Service life. This training encompasses leadership, ceremonial, physical, field and weapons training. You will also undertake adventure training, learn about academic life and prepare for your first ceremonial parade as a member of the Australian Defence Force. This parade, which is reviewed by the Chief of Defence Force is a great opportunity for your parents, family and friends to celebrate your achievements as you embark on your military career. During the academic year, up to nine hours per week are assigned to military education and training. This program includes leadership studies, Defence studies, training in military law, weapon handling, communication skills, as well as physical fitness training. On at least two occasions each year, you will undertake Single Service Training with RMC of approximately two weeks. Over three years, these blocks of training will provide you will all the skills necessary to commence training at RMC upon graduation from ADFA. Other breaks during the year will provide you with the opportunity to be involved with academic field trips, overseas battlefield study tours, a visit to an overseas defence academy (if you have excelled in your studies) and extracurricular activities such as adventurous training and sporting trips. All of the above training, together with the qualifications you will gain through your undergraduate degree at the University of New South Wales, will provide you with an excellent grounding to progress with your Army career. Location of training: Royal Military College Duration of training: 12 Months RMC training for ADFA cadets consists of two terms each of approximatelysix months duration. The first term for ADFA cadets at RMC is referred to as"Second Class" andtheir finaltermis known as "First Class". ADFA cadetsare not required tocomplete a precedingsix months of RMC training referred to as "Third Class" because of the academic and military training completed at ADFA. This is how your military training at RMC will unfold: Second Class: By the end of Second Class you will have grasped command and leadership skills at section and platoon levels. You will have received further instruction in battle tactics, military history, administration, training, science and technology and communication skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and experiencein the field and practise at section command level,

expanding to platoon level towards the end of Second Class. First Class: By nowyou will be ready to put your knowledgeinto practiceat the section, platoon and company level. Your understanding of strategic issues, management, military history and leadershipwill also be further developed. After graduation you will be assigned to one of the Army's specialised branches, known as Corps. Then you can put into professional practice all that you've learned. Initially you will be required to complete several weeks of in-service Corps training and familiarisation. Then you may find yourself taking troops through field exercises, physical training drills, tactical assaults or managing any number of vital Army functions. During Military (ADFA and RMC) Training and (Initial) Employment Training (Regimental Officers Basic Course etc), you will be required to pay a contribution towards your meals, accommodation and utilities.

Royal Military College Duntroon


Location ofcourse: Royal Military College, Duntroon Canberra, ACT Duration of course: 18 months Your training at RMC is made up of three terms each of approximatelysix months duration. Cadets in their first term are referred to as "Third Class", second term cadets as "Second Class" and third term cadets as "First Class". RMC cadets are organised as a Battalion known as the Corps of Staff Cadets. This is how your military training at RMC will unfold: Third Class: In this first term you will be given a basic grounding in battle craft, infantry minor tactics, navigation, first aid, weapon training, character development, communication skills, military history and leadership. At RMC, the Third Class training is conducted on the basis that you have no prior military knowledge or experience. Second Class: By the end of Second Class you will have grasped command and leadership skills at section and platoon levels. You will have received further instruction in battle tactics, military history, administration, training, science and technology and communication skills. You will also have the opportunity to apply this knowledge and experiencein the field and practise at section command level, expanding to platoon level towards the end of Second Class. First Class: By nowyou will be ready to put your knowledge intopracticeat the section, platoon and company level. Your understanding of strategic issues, management, military history and leadershipwill also be further developed. After graduation you will be assigned to one of the Army's specialised branches, known as Corps. Then you can put into professional practice all that you've learned. Initially you will be required to completein-service Corps training and familiarisation. Then you may find yourself taking troops through field exercises, physical training drills, tactical assaults or managing any number of vital Army functions. Graduates are commissioned as Lieutenants.

During RMC (Military Training) and (Initial) Employment Training (Regimental Officers Basic Course etc), you will be required to pay a contribution towards your meals, accommodation and utilities. Further information is also available at the Royal Military College website.

Officer (Reserve)
ARMY RESERVE GENERAL SERVICE OFFICER - FIRST APPOINTMENT COURSE (ARes GSO FAC): The ARes GSO FAC focuses on instilling Armys values (Courage, Initiative and Teamwork) in a similar fashion to soldier basic training and then providing junior officer candidates with the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon. During training, candidates will learn and be assessed on weapons,fieldcraft, leadership, tactics, administration and management and lots more. Location and Duration of Training: Training is conducted through a combination of non-continuous training (parade nights and weekends) with local Army Reserve University Regiments and residential continuous training (Training Blocks1 to 5) at centres of expertise throughout Australia, culminating with completion of the lasttraining blockat the Royal Military College Duntroon. The ARes GSO FAC is modularised to allow candidates the flexibility to complete the training around civilian employment commitments.Training Block 1 is conducted continuously throughout the year at the ArmyRecruit Training Centre, Kapooka. Training Blocks 2 to 5are conducted twice annually in a sequence. Ideally, mostcandidates willcompletethe course within 18 months 2 years andare expected to complete the ARes GSO FAC within a maximum of 3 years. It is possible for a candidate to complete the ARes GSO FAC within a minimum of 9 - 14 months; however, these are usually in-Service candidates who been given recognition of prior learning. The ARes GSO FAChas five (5) training blocks totalling 104 days residential training: Training Block1 -Military Foundation Skills 28 days duration delivered at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka (Wagga Wagga, NSW) is actually the Reserve Recruit Training Course. Qualified soldiers who are selected to be officers may be granted recognition of this training and commence the ARes GSO FAC at Training Block 2. Likewise any officer candidate who does not wish to continue officer training is able to become a soldier on completion of this training block. This training block is conducted throughout the year. Training Block2 - Small Military Team Leader Theory is 16 days duration and is conducted in April and September by Adelaide University Regiment at Cultana (near Whyalla),South Australia. This training block builds on the skills introduced at Recruit Training and introduces new operational, weapons and navigation skills. Training Block3 -Small Military Team Leader - 16 days duration conducted in April and September

by University of New South Wales Regiment at Singleton, NSW. This training block introduces command, leadership and management skills in addition to military administration. This training block is also your first step along the way to learning the leadership and management skills that you will need to successfully command soldiers in the Australian Army. Training Block4 -Command, Leadership and Management 16 days duration conducted in January and July by Melbourne University Regimentat Puckapunyal, Victoria. This training block revises and tests much of what you have already learnt about small team level operations as well as building further on your administrative capabilities as a small team leader. This training block also gives qualifications in the conduct of military live fire weapons range practices; and Training Block5 -All Corps Army Reserve Platoon Commander 28 days duration conducted in January and July by External Training Wing RMC Duntroon at Majura (near Canberra), ACT. This training block confirms you have all attributes, skills and values to become an officer in the Australian Army. It also confirms that you have the leadership, management, operational skills and knowledge required of a junior officer to command a platoon on likely Army Reserve operations. On the successful completion of Training Block 5 you will be commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserve. Training in Your Unit In between doing the residential training blocks you will be expected to attend parade nights and weekends organised by your parent Army Reserve University Regiment. Your unit will look after all your administration for attending the ARes GSO FAC training blocks. The training staff will help you prepare for the residential training blocks, revise the skills you learn as well as provide instruction and assessment on military skills like fieldcraft, drill, training, military justice and writing and oral communication. There are also some additional requirements for training which can be obtained through external organisations. These requirements will be explained to you by unit training staff.

Employment Training
Australian Defence Force Academy, Royal Military College Duntroon
RAAC Regimental Officer Basic Course (ROBC): 26 Weeks (approx) After the ROBC, Officers are employed in one of the regiments of the Corps usually in a leadership command position. Future employment can vary from further command position to staff appointment within the Corps and other positions across the Army.

Officer (Reserve)
The RAAC Regimental Officers Basic Course (ROBC) consists of 3 independent modules of training: Mod 1 15 days focusing on specialist weapons training and the Light Cavalry tactics, techniques and procedures.

Mod 2 10 days focusing on operating as a Light Cavalry Patrol Commander. Mod 3 15 days focusing on the responsibilities of the Light Cavalry Troop Commander. Upon successful completion of training you can be employed as a Light Cavalry Troop Commander within one of the Army Reserve units within the RAAC. Future employment can vary from further command positions to staff appointment within the Corps and other positions across the Army.

Further Training
Australian Defence Force Academy, Royal Military College Duntroon
Exchange appointments exist with the US Armour Centre at Fort Knox and with the UK Land Forces in the UK and Europe. Other opportunities for serving with US, UK and NZ forces also exist as part of individual and unit training cycles. As a Captain there are opportunities to pursue technical training at the Capability and Technical Management College (CTMC) in Canberra. This training will see you qualified to contribute to important capability development and procurement projects for RAAC.

Employment Location
Australian Defence Force Academy, Royal Military College Duntroon, Officer (Reserve)
The RAAC has a strength of about 250 officers and 1000 other ranks and is organised into the following Australian Regular Army (ARA) and Army Reserve (ARes) units: ARA 1st Armoured Regiment. A Tank Regiment located in Darwin, NT. Equipped with Abrams Tanks and M113 family of vehicles; 2nd Cavalry Regiment. A Cavalry Regiment currently located in Darwin, NT. Equipped with ASLAV; 2/14 Light Horse Regiment (QMI). A Cavalry Regiment located at Enoggera, QLD. Equipped with ASLAV; and B Squadron 3/4 Cavalry Regiment. An independent APC Squadron located at Townsville, QLD. Equipped with PMV Bushmaster. ARes Units 4/19 Prince of Wales Light Horse (PWLH). A Light Cavalry Regiment located at Watsonia, Sale VIC, Albury NSW. Equipped with IIMV and LCPV; 1/15 Royal New South Wales Lancers (RNSWL). A Light Cavalry Regiment located at Parramatta and Goulburn, NSW. Equipped with IIMV and LCPV;

12/16 Hunter River Lancers (HRL). An Armoured Personnel Carrier Regiment located at Tamworth, Armidale and Muswellbrook, NSW. Equipped with IMV Bushmaster; 3/9 Light Horse, South Australian Mounted Rifles (SAMR). An Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron located at Elizabeth , SA. Equipped with IIMV and LCPV; and A Squadron 10 Light Horse Regiment (10 LH). A Reconnaissance Squadron located at Karrakatta, WA. Equipped with IIMV and LCPV. ARes Officers of RAAC also have the opportunity to serve in staff and instructional postings throughout Australia and overseas.

Civil Accreditation
Officer (Reserve)
It is proposed that graduates of the Army Reserve First Appointment Course will be eligible for Certificate IV in Military Leadership.

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