Operational Support & Information Specialist

As an Operational Support and Information Specialist (OPSIS) in the NZ Army, you will be responsible for the effective management of information through the creation and management of web based technologies as part of wider operational and tactical communications solutions. These will be military based programmes, similar to ones you may have already used like Sharepoint, Information Management systems, Wave for radio over internet, organising networks and drives and working with websites.

This includes maintaining the daily flow of various forms of information, both voice and data, for a unit through understanding their requirements, capabilities and shortfalls, providing feasible options and supporting the decision making process. 

You will have the opportunity to be posted to many other NZ Army units during your career providing a good mixture of variety and experiences.

As well as your day to day responsibilities as an Operational Support and Information Specialist, you will also continue your soldier training including weapons, medical and radio/communications training.

You will be employed in an operational unit at Linton Military Camp or Burnham Military Camp.  You will spend two to three years gaining an understanding of how the unit operates in both camp and when in the field.  You will have the opportunity to be posted to many other NZ Army units during your career providing a good mixture of variety and experiences.

As well as your day to day responsibilities as an Operational Support and Information Specialist, you will also continue your soldier training including weapons, medical and radio/communications training.

Operational Support and Information Specialists are highly deployable, and are employed in a variety of overseas missions and exercises, primarily in support of other units.

As an Operational Support and Information Specialists you will operate high tech communication equipment, ensuring important information is received and sent at the right time.

As your career progresses you will continue to develop your skills and eventually work towards becoming a signals instructor. As an instructor, you can be posted to Linton to the School of Signals.

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.

  • You must be at least 17.5 years of age years old due to the requirement to hold a TSV clearance. However, the preferred minimum age is 20 years old.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.
  • Must be an NZ citizen.

You must have achieved the NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

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:
 

  • Organisation and Administration
  • Army Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness

ROYAL NEW ZEALAND SIGNALS CORPS TRAINING COURSE

You will start your training with this three-month course, where you will learn radio voice procedure, basic information systems and how to operate a broad range of Army communications equipment utilised at the tactical level. This course will prepare you to progress to advanced training within the Operational Support and Information Specialist environment and will strengthen your comradeship with fellow RNZ Signals Corps members who will become life long friends within the communications environment.
 

JUNIOR COURSE

This course expands on the in service technology introduced on the Corps Training as it pertains to an information centric environment.  You will gain understanding of Information Hubs, application support, web design and management.  You will be exposed to basic command post operations to enable situational awareness. 
 

INTERMEDIATE COURSE

This course expands on the knowledge gained from the Junior Course as well as the practical experiences gained whilst posted to your unit in both garrison and when in the field. 
 

SENIOR COURSES

This course is a higher level course which combines the trade knowledge gained from the Junior and Intermediate courses. Your knowledge of web design, application support, Information Management and exploitation will be enhanced to a higher level of understanding.   You will be expected to operate effectively in a command post understanding how command/staff interrelationships work to provide commanders with situational awareness.  Manage effective battle tracking and critical information processes to maintain information superiority.

TRADE PROMOTION COURSES

The Detachment Commanders Course and the Troop Sergeants Course are part of your career progression. They are designed to test your trade knowledge and skills as well as your leadership ability. Base level management is conducted during these courses and enhanced at Unit level.
 

MANAGEMENT COURSES

A more advanced course which will train you in the administration, design and management of communications systems. The Communications Information Systems Managers Course is designed to test your management skills and your ability to manoeuvre communications assets on the battlefield.

During your first three years of training as an Operational Support and Information Specialist you will be posted to a unit at Linton or Burnham Military Camps.

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