Crewman are trained to operate and fight from within an armoured vehicle and trained in the skills of mounted reconnaissance. This involves working under pressure in a confined space, by day or night, in all weather conditions over varying terrain, anywhere in the world.
There are three different roles within the Crewman trade; Driver, Gunner and Crew Commander.
As a Driver, you will be taught how to safely and efficiently operate the NZLAV in all kinds of conditions over all kinds of terrain. You will also learn basic maintenance, recovery and many other skills required to perform your role. A Gunner is primarily concerned with the operation of the turret. This entails the safe and effective operation of the 25mm cannon, the 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and the various night-vision and other optical equipment used. As a Crew Commander you are in overall command of your vehicle and are responsible for your crew.
Armoured Crewmen are deployed overseas whenever the need arises. Crewmen are predominantly deployed overseas in vehicle mounted operations such as Afghanistan and East Timor. They have also deployed overseas in support to overseas exercises conducted in countries such as Australia and Singapore.
As your career progresses, you will train on the NZLAV as a Driver, Gunner and eventually a Crew Commander.
Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.
While undertaking initial Recruit Course you will be paid as a Recruit (see attached pay table). On completion of your Recruit Course you will be paid as a Private and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.
A proven ability in English and Mathematics with NCEA level 1 (8 credits per subject).
Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:
As a Crewman you are required to complete the Infantry Corps Training prior to completing your Crewman specific courses. This course is conducted at Burnham, and is both a physically and mentally challenging course. It covers the essential basic trade competencies of Armoured and Infantry Soldiers. After Corps training, more advanced trade training and courses will be conducted in Waiouru at the Combat School.
This is usually the first course you will complete in your career as a crewman. You will be taught the characteristics of the vehicle and how to perform basic maintenance on the vehicle. You will learn to operate the NZLAV on NZ roads in Non-Tactical situations complying with NZ road Safety requirements. You will then learn be taught to maneuver the NZLAV off-road during tactical live firing exercises.
This is will be one of the first courses you will complete in the Crewman trade. You will be taught the basics of gunnery, ballistics, vehicle recognition, how to use Thermal Imagery sighting systems and how to operate and maintain the 25mm LAV cannon and 7.62mm co-axial machine gun. Your training will be based on our state of the art NZLAV simulator and will culminate with live field firing.
At the completion of Corps Training you will be posted to Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles in Linton Military Camp.