You make the Army an effective force by getting them from A to B efficiently. Organise the transport of troops, equipment and vital supplies to places like Antarctica, South-East Asia and Australia.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Logistics and Administration
  • Location
    Auckland, Linton or Burnham
  • Starting Salary
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About the role

Movement control is about logistics planning such as how to move a unit of 250 people, with equipment, from North Cape to Bluff or an overseas destination. Personnel, transport, equipment, supplies, and travel arrangements are all planned and co-ordinated by Movement Operators. While your role is with the Army, you’ll be working closely with the Navy and Air Force.

Job on base

As a Movement Operator you perform a variety of logistics jobs, you could include:

  • Loading and unloading cargo from supply ships and aircraft
  • Planning and implementing the movement of personnel and equipment
  • Or packing and preparing equipment and supplies to be dropped by aircraft

Job on deployment

As you progress in your training, you may find yourself working in Antarctica, Australia and the Pacific Islands. As you spend more time in the New Zealand Army, you will become employable in a wider variety of roles and may travel to places such as South East Asia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

I didn't want to sit at a desk, I wanted to do something that was outdoors – something different.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Job Training
Ongoing Training

Throughout your career as a Movements Operator, you will gain the various licences required to drive vehicles such as forklifts, heavy trucks etc. You will learn about all the computer systems used to plan and implement the movement of troops and supplies, as well as the hardware – like parachutes, boats, cranes etc – required to get ensure a safe delivery. You will also attend various management and leadership courses.

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

In the first 12 months of service, you will complete three courses:

  • A Basic Course familiarising you with the vehicles and equipment used by the New Zealand Army (you may also begin training to gain your heavy trade, forklift and other licences)
  • A Junior Driver's Course, teaching practical tasks and driving skills related to the vehicles you need to be able to drive
  • A Basic Movements Course teaching you about working with aircraft and ships

After you have been in the New Zealand Army for approximately 18 months, you will then attend a Junior Movements Course, preparing you for leadership and supervisory positions within your trade.

You will be eligible to attend an Intermediate Movements Course – offering further training in the movements field as well as additional management and leadership training – after completing approximately two years service.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.




starting salary


Higher rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements

Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade.
  • Driver's Licence: You will need a Class 1 restricted driver's licence with no traffic convictions. Heavy trade practical or theory licences are preferable.

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.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required CV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.


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