About Army Reserves

Part-time career, full-on rewards

The Army Reserve, formally known as the Territorial Force (TF), is a part-time job like no other. Whether your everyday life involves accounting, brick-laying, customer service, or you are a recent graduate – the Army Reserve will let you escape your everyday.

Making history

The Army Reserve is the part-time component of New Zealand’s Army and has played a significant role throughout New Zealand’s history and remains relevant today. The Army Reserve contributes internationally on operational deployments around the world and nationally to civil defence during natural disasters.

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Who we’re looking for

The Army Reserve is looking to utilise your skills and will train you to use them within a military context or environment; The Army Reserve provides various options to allow you to do this. As a soldier or officer in the Army Reserve, you could find yourself using the skills you’ve already gained as a civilian, by training in a specific role which relates to your everyday area of expertise. People with backgrounds in medicine, geographic information systems, engineering, information and communication technology, construction, project management, human resources specialists and more are all trained to use their civilian skills in a military environment, to help particularly in times of military or civil emergency. Alternatively, you may choose to train as a Combat Soldier. This role will offer skills and experiences which will greatly differ from your civilian role. As a soldier in a combat or combat support trade your civilian skills are useful to the Army, and may be utilised when needed. As a Reserve Soldier in the NZ Army you will be trained in basic soldier skills which include; weapon handling, first aid, field craft, navigation, fitness training and many other practical skills which you can apply in your every day life.

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Reserves training

Mod 1
Mod 2
Mod 3

Initial training consists of three modules which equate to approximately 7 weeks of training. Mod 1 and 2 are are conducted throughout the year and Mod 3 in January. It's 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 Mod 2.

MOD 1 and 2 are conducted throughout the year. 

See the upcoming intakes of this website for more information.

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:

  • Drill
  • First Aid
  • Introduction to the IW Steyr rifle, including maintenance. You will conduct live firing on the range in order to qualify on the Annual Weapon Shoot
  • Living in a field environment, including patrolling procedures, and operating in a rifle section
  • Introduction to Physical Training, including the Army Fitness Test.

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:

  • Continue to develop your talent on the drill square
  • Broaden your understanding of military law to include “The Laws of Armed Conflict”
  • Conduct, the Army Required Fitness Test (RFL), swim test and timed pack walk
  • Get an introduction to the various infantry platoon weapons systems. This involves understanding the characteristics of the weapons, basic maintenance, and their employment. You will fire the LSW machine gun, the M72 anti armoured weapon system, 40mm grenade launcher and throw the high explosive (HE) hand grenade
  • Finally you will further develop your field-craft and battle-craft skills culminating in a field exercise where all your newly-learned skills will be tested.

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.

People like you

The Army Reserve is made up of every-day New Zealanders who do their normal job in the community then conduct military training in their spare time. Living, working and training in their local community the Army Reserve is the public face of New Zealand’s Army. To become a member of the Army Reserves you must have ended your Secondary School education.

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