Army Recruit Training Centre

Army Recruit Training Centre

Army Recruit Training Centre

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thumb|right|300px|Army Recruit Training Centre entrance signArmy Recruit Training Centre is the official name denoted by the Australian Army Department of Defence since December 1, 1998 for its Recruit Training Centre situated at Kapooka, an outer suburb of Wagga Wagga, in the Riverina region of New South Wales.

The Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) is located within Blamey Barracks, about 9.5 km south-west of Wagga Wagga. Blamey Barracks are named after Field Marshal Sir Thomas Albert Blamey, GBE, KCB, CMG was an Australian General of the Second World War and the first, and to date only, Australian to attain the rank of Field Marshal. Blamey was born near Wagga Wagga.Horner, David M. Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 13 (1993), pp 196-201.

During World War II

The site that was to become ARTC was established on a property on the southern slopes of the Pomingalarna Reserve in 1942 as a direct result of defence needs during World War II. As a part of the Royal Australian Engineers Centre thousands of engineers were trained in basic soldiering skills as well as engineering duties. In addition 47,000 regular soldiers also trained at the barracks from 1942 to 1945. The location was also the camp for members of the Australian Women’s Army Service who acted as orderlies, drivers and hospital staff during that period of time.

After World War II

Following the Second World War the...
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