As a NZ Army Reserve Soldier you will experience a part-time job with full-on rewards. From life in camp to operations out in the field, you will learn new skills and gain new experiences you won’t get anywhere else. While training you will mix with other like minded people from a variety of backgrounds, making life-long friends, professional contacts and gaining links into your community and further a field.
Serving in the New Zealand Army as a part-time Soldier is a great way to challenge yourself, learn new skills and build on your existing abilities. Kiwi soldier's are respected for their personal qualities and their ability to utilise initiative, sound judgement, ingenuity and maturity to carry out a variety of roles in an increasingly complex military environment.
Army Reserve Soldiers are trained in a variety of skills: from marksmanship, navigation and First Aid, to problem-solving and planning and the ability to operate effectively in a variety of complex situations. Along with Soldier-specific skills you will learn other practical skills that you can use in your every day life such as working in or commanding a close knit team, developing your leadership and management style or just improving your overall fitness.
The usual Army Reserve commitment is approximately 20 days a year, mostly on weekends with some training on week nights with your local Reserve Unit. Training is designed to be flexible, allowing you to choose when you serve; thus tailoring your service to fit with your work, study and/or family commitments.
As your training and career progresses you may be offered more hours or even the opportunity to deploy on operations or exercise overseas. As an Army Reserve Soldier, both at home and abroad, you will have the kind of experiences that simply cannot be found anywhere else.
There are a number of different trades or specialisations which you can perform as a member of the Army Reserve, which are divided into combat and support roles. But, regardless of which role you choose to take up; you are a soldier first, which means you must complete a recruit course and maintain the same basic soldiering skills throughout your career.
As a Soldier in the Army Reserve once you have become efficient in your given trade you will have the opportunity to be promoted into the role of a non commissioned officer (NCO). Non-Commissioned Officer ranks are divided into three categories: Junior NCOs, Senior NCOs and Warrant Officers.
Junior NCOs are Lance-Corporals and Corporals. They are the Army's small-team leaders and are responsible for leading, training and motivating teams of between four and ten soldiers. They must be able to plan and execute tasks for their team, and inspire their soldiers to perform their duties in a professional manner under demanding circumstances.
Sergeants and Staff Sergeants are the Army's Senior Non-Commissioned Officers. They provide assistance and guidance to junior Officers while ensuring that their soldiers are adequately trained, led and administered.
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers must also have the ability to lead a platoon of Soldiers in the absence of a Commissioned Officer.
The Army's Warrant Officers are a vital bridge between Commissioned Officers and Soldiers, providing a vast store of knowledge and experience which they can draw on to advise and mentor, to maintain high standards of professionalism and develop the Army's Junior Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.
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.
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.