Home of the soldier celebrates 70 years

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The 350,000 Australian soldiers who have passed through the gates at Kapooka in the past seven decades have been celebrated as the base marks its 70th anniversary.

The training camp near Wagga Wagga in NSW teaches wannabe soldiers weapons-handling, combat skills, first aid, teamwork and self-organisation - on top of all that fitness drilling.

Kapooka started taking soldiers in 1951 and on Friday celebrated its 70th birthday in the presence of Governor-General David Hurley and Veterans' Affairs Minister Andrew Gee.

A lot of the base's current buildings can be traced back to 1966 when new facilities were officially opened by then NSW governor Sir Roden Cutler as the Vietnam War ramped up.

More than 10,000 troops passed through the camp between 1965 and 1972 as the war effort grew.

Female troops starting to receive training at the site from 1985.

Mr Gee said the iconic base ensured Australian soldiers were trained to the highest calibre.

"The home of the soldier is a uniquely Australian asset," he said.

"Generations of graduate soldiers from Kapooka have proven their worth in every conflict and emergency the nation has faced since the Korean War."

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