National Servicemen march out of Kapooka DPR/TV/285

Accession Number F03679
Collection type Film
Measurement 4 min 49 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Maker Defence Public Relations (DPR)
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Wagga Wagga, Kapooka
Date made 8 September 1965
Access Open
Conflict Period 1960-1969
Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Six hundred and fifty National Servicemen from Queensland and New South Wales yesterday marched out of Kapooka, NSW, after ten weeks of basic military training. About 600 parents and friends attended the parade which was received by the Commanding Officer of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Colonel D E Dunstan. Basic training received by the National Servicemen included foot and rifle drill, training in small arms and field craft, physical training and character guidance. They will now receive Corps training before going into the Regular Army. Weather during the march out parade was overcast and there was a cool breeze. After an inspection and marches past in slow and quick time by the Battalion, Colonel Dunstan said the Minister for the Army, Dr A J Forbes, expressed his regrets at being unable to attend the parade. Colonel Dunstan read the message from Dr Forbes in which the Minister said he had been most impressed with reports he had received on the work of National Servicemen during their time at Kapooka and was sure this would continue during their Corps training. Colonel Dunstan told the National Servicemen that if they were a fair cross section of the youth in the Country then there was nothing to worry about. A total of 48 trophies were presented at the parade. These were for the most outstanding cadet, the best self-loading rifle shot, the best automatic rifle shot and the best Owen gun shot in each of the 12 platoons. As each trophy was presented the crowd was quick to show its appreciation. Of the 650 National Servicemen who marched out of Kapooka, 358 will receive their Corps training in Brisbane, 138 in Sydney and 76 in Melbourne. The others will receive their Corps training at Army Centres throughout Eastern Australia. After the March out parade at Kapooka parents and friends of the National Servicemen inspected the barracks and surrounding areas.

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