Recruit Training (Seventeen weeks)

The Recruit Training Syllabus is designed to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Two Star Infantry soldier with basic military skills. Recruit training is foundation military training. It is seventeen weeks in duration. It is followed by 3 Star training and at a later stage by Trained Soldier Specialist Training courses.

Phase 1: Recruit Induction (2 Weeks)

This period will include a Defence Force orientation package, adventure training and information/motivational instruction to the recruit. The Induction period seeks to present a positive approach with the promotion of the Defence Forces as a progressive and forward looking organization. The period will also include personnel/logistical administration, some aspects of health and safety education and training, medical intake processing and an introduction to physical educational training. The training format will include both lecture and practical demonstrations.

Stage 2: Basic Training Period (6 Weeks)

Instructional focus will centre on Foot/Arms Drill, Rifle Marksmanship (To include the Recruits Annual Personal Weapons Test), GPMG (To include the Recruits Annual Personal Weapons Test), and Physical Fitness. 

Phase 3 — Tactical Training Period (6 Weeks)

The main instructional focus during this phase will be tactical training and will culminate with the five (5) day exercise in week 14.  This training will focus on imparting to the recruit a thorough knowledge of Section level tactics.

Phase 4 - Final Training Period (3 Weeks) 

The emphasis during this phase will be on the final approval of the recruit and preparations for the Passing Out Parade. 

Unit Assignment

Recruits who are deemed to have successfully completed the training programme receive their Unit assignment in the last week of the Recruit course.

Two to Three Star Training

To become a fully qualified private soldier Two Star Privates must immediately complete a Three Star training course. The Three (3)* Syllabus is designed to qualify a Private Two (2) Star soldier to advance in grade to Private (3) Star soldier. This progression is part of the developmental process for the young soldier. The successful soldier at the end of this three star course will have developed the following competencies to a high degree and will continue to develop the application of these in the service. This training will enable successful soldiers to progress in their career development.

  1. Self discipline.
  2. Confidence and trust in the Defence Forces.
  3. Time management skills.
  4. Trust in colleagues and personal professional integrity.
  5. Adaptability.
  6. A sense of work standard and safety standard.
  7. An ability to communicate.
  8. Drive and endurance.
  9. Contribution to the team effort.
  10. Take responsibility for own development and learning.

Phase 1: Advanced Military Skills

This phase will be conducted in the first three (3) weeks of the course and will include:

  1. Section and Platoon Drill
  2. Arms Drill.
  3. Weapon training with day and night firing.
  4. Physical Fitness and Endurance Training will be concentrated on throughout the course.

Phase 2: Military Support Skills

Phase 2 will concentrate on subjects that will increase the soldier’s military knowledge and skills i.e. Radio and Computer Communications, Map Reading and CBRN training.

Phase 3: Tactical Assessment

The emphasis will be on Tactical and Internal Security training culminating in a week of Field Exercises, which should be the last week of the course.

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