As a Gunner, you will be part of a professional team dedicated to providing safe, accurate and timely fire support to troops. As a Gunner you will specialise in one the gunner streams; Field Gun Operator, Artillery Signaller or Command Post Operator.
As an Army Reserve soldier, the minimum remuneration you will be paid from day one is a daily rate of $105.39. Your remuneration will increase upon graduation of your recruit course to a daily rate of $119.41 and will continue to increase on promotion and seniority.
You must be medically fit for service.
Initial training consists of three modules which equate to approximately 7 weeks of training. Mod 1 and 2 are normally conducted in November and Mod 3 in Early January. It is preferable that you are able to complete these modules back to back.
Please note that this course structure is currently under review and may change.
The purpose of Mod 1 is to familiarise recruits with the Army prior to them attending the Recruit Territorial Force All Corps Basic Module Two.
This is a two day introduction to life in the Army. During this period you will be introduced to drill, Military Law, and the Ethos and Values on the NZ Army. You will also be taught how to live in a military environment and the standards that are required of you over the next two modules. Mod 1 and 2 are conducted annually in mid-November
The aim of this course is to produce a soldier capable of a fulfilling an appointment within an infantry section. The Mod 2 is a 28 day course conducted immediately after the Mod 1.
During the Mod 2 you will be introduced to:
Mod 3 is conducted in early January and is a continuation module building on skills you have learnt, and providing you with further skills to enable you to be a section member within a rifle section.
This is a further 21 days of solid training, and at the completion of this module you will be ready for service and employment within your Reserve Unit.
During your final period of initial training you will:
Over the course of the three modules of training you will cover the majority of the activities that are conducted on the Regular Force All Arms Recruit Course. However, you will only be given an introduction and will continue to develop your skills within your home unit.
Once you have completed the mod 1-3 you will be required to complete one the 3 basic artillery corps training courses.
Learn and understand the characteristics, and identify the equipment of the Light Gun. Learn how to sight, bring into action, prepare and fire the light gun. Conduct fire missions and learn about the different ammunition used.
Learn the procedures involved in operating a command post within a Gun Battery. This involves being familiar with the high tech systems required to produce advance calculations and conduct fire missions. You will work closely with the commanders from the headquarters while they co-ordinate the movement and operation of the Gun Line.
As an Artillery Signaller you learn the role and duties of a signaller on the gun line and in the command post. You will become familiarised with the various service radio communications equipment within the NZDF, included cryptographic equipment. Enhance your skill in using Radio Telephone Procedure (RATEL) and learn how to send and receive a fire mission.
The Reserves have Gunner unit in Auckland, and Linton so you would need to be close to these areas.