To mark the completion of the Royal Australian Air Force Recruit Course, recruits and their instructors take part in a ceremonial parade.
Families and friends of recruits are invited to attend the Graduation Parade at RAAF Base Wagga, Forest Hill, NSW. Graduation parades are held to acknowledge the completion of the Recruit Course for both Permanent and Reserve members joining the RAAF. The Graduation Parade gives family and friends the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of graduating airmen and airwomen.
No 1 Recruit Training Unit is located at RAAF Base Wagga, Forest Hill, NSW, approximately 10 km east of Wagga Wagga on the Sturt Hwy. The base is located on the northern side of the Wagga Wagga Airport.
There is a limited bus service available from Wagga Wagga to RAAF Base Wagga. Taxi services are also available. From the heart of Wagga Wagga, it will cost approximately $30-$35 for a taxi, and should take no longer than 15 minutes.
RAAF Base Wagga has restricted entry; however, if you are attending a Graduation Parade, your name should have been passed to the security checkpoint as part of your invitation process. Approach the main gate to the base, identify yourself to the staff, and once your name has been checked off the list you will be directed to a nearby car park. From this location, you will be directed to walk down to the main parade ground – approximately 500m walk. There is a bus service for guests who may not be able to walk this distance. All visitors are advised to arrive at RAAF Base Wagga at least 40 minutes prior to the start of the parade.
Due to parking limitations on the base, visitors who are currently serving in the ADF are also requested to park in the designated car park.
1RTU Graduation Parades commence at 11:00 am. Visitors 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 down the main road and around the parade ground to assist visitors. Seating is generally not reserved. The parade will take about 45 minutes.
After the parade, a light buffet lunch is held in the Middleton VC Club which is located within No 1 Recruit Training Unit; the venue is only a short walk back towards the main gate. Staff will be on hand to provide assistance with directions. There will be a limited bar service at the graduation function. The graduation function allows an opportunity for guests to witness the presentation of graduation certificates and awards to members of the graduating course. Additionally, a private company will be selling professional photographs and DVDs depicting members of the graduating course.
Visitors with special needs intending to attend a Graduation Parade are requested to detail their specific requirements to No 1 Recruit Training Unit in a reply to your formal invitation; refer to your invitation for contact details.
The dress for guests at the Graduation Parade is a minimum of neat casual. Serving members are to be in Service Dress equivalent (no DPCU/GPU/DPNU), and should make contact with the unit regarding exact dress requirements.
Graduation Parade Cancellation/Postponement
For a number of reasons, such as sustaining an injury, recruits may be delayed or may not complete recruit training. In these circumstances, they will be unable to graduate with the rest of their course. Sometimes these eventualities cannot be prevented and may occur at short notice.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase deferrable and/or refundable travel tickets and accommodation bookings, to take out travel insurance, or to make other suitable arrangements to protect against loss or expense arising from such eventualities.
Whilst every effort is made to notify visitors as soon as possible, the Commonwealth is not responsible and accepts no liability for any loss suffered or expense incurred arising from such eventualities.
In the event of inclement weather (thunderstorms and heavy rain), the 1RTU graduation ceremony will move to the Middleton VC Club (MVC) at the 1RTU precinct. The normal parade format will not take place. The graduating recruits will position themselves in flight formation in the MVC and be formally addressed by the Reviewing Officer. The Airmanship and Most Improved awards will be presented, after which individual graduation certificates will be presented to each recruit. During this process, family, friends and invited guests will also be present in the MVC
Enquiries for Graduation Parade information can be made by contacting the Induction Centre on (02) 6937 5504.