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 Reserve Recruit Training Course (RRTC). The March Out day gives family and friends the opportunity to join in celebrating the graduating soldiers’ achievements.
The ARC March Out Parade commences at 10:00 am and the RRTC March Out Parade commences at 3:30 pm. Visitors will be dropped off at the parade ground and should be seated in the two large sheltered seating areas no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the parade. Escorts and guides will be located around the parade ground to assist visitors. Seating is generally not reserved; however it is preferred that members avoid sitting in the centre seating areas as this area is set aside for staff and official guests. The parade will generally take 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of platoons marching out.
After the parade, a function is held in the Edmondson VC Club, on Blamey Barracks, approximately 1 km from the parade ground. All staff, soldiers and their visitors are invited to the function, which includes speeches, the cutting of the March Out cake and a buffet meal. Visitors are picked up from the parade ground and transported to the Edmondson VC Club by the buses where they will be reunited with the soldiers. Generally, buses will arrive within ten minutes of the end of the parade to begin transporting visitors to the Edmondson VC Club. The buffet meal will commence approximately one hour after the parade, after the formalities have concluded. Details regarding these timings will be confirmed at the end of the parade.
After the RRTC March Out function, reserve soldiers are not permitted to go on local leave. Instead, soldiers are able to spend time with their families at the Edmondson VC Club until 8 pm. This is to enable the soldiers’ time to prepare for their departure the following morning. All visitors will be transported from the Edmondson VC Club to the visitor’s car park at 8 pm. Due to security requirements the visitors car park gates will be locked at 8:30 pm. All visitors must ensure they have vacated the car park by this time.
After the ARC March Out Function, all Regular Army soldiers will return to their lines to change into neat civilian attire prior to going on local leave with their families. All visitors will be transported from the Edmondson VC Club to the visitor’s car park between 1:00 and 1:30 pm. Soldiers will be transported from their lines to the visitor’s car park between 2:00 and 2:15 pm to commence local leave. There is also the possibility for soldiers to be transported from Kapooka to the Wagga Wagga Train Station to meet their family; however the platoon staff must be notified of this requirement before the day. All soldiers are to be at the Wagga Wagga Train Station at 9:00 pm to be transported back to Kapooka.
The Army Recruit Training Centre is located at Blamey Barracks, Kapooka, approximately 10 km from the main street of Wagga Wagga, off the Olympic Highway and heading towards the NSW – Victorian border. Once you have turned onto the Olympic Highway, there are signposts directing you to the front gate. It is approximately 20 km from Wagga Wagga Airport to the front gate.