As an Operational Support and Information Specialist (OPSIS) in the NZ Army, you will be responsible for enhancing the Army’s ability to conduct operations through providing accurate and timely information support to Command and Control. This includes through effective battlespace information management and exploitation, and enabling operational situational awareness support in both domestic and international operations, including emergency/conflict.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Intelligence, IT and Communications
  • Location
    Linton or Burnham
  • Starting Salary
  • Upcoming Intake
    26 July, 2021

Job on base

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 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.

Your day to day responsibilities consist of continued trade training in creating and managing web based technology and information management.  You will be responsible for testing equipment and support tools (our apps etc) in preparation of humanitarian assistance and operational support.  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.

Job on deployment

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 both NZ Army and Coalition Armies.

As an Operational Support and Information Specialists you will operate high tech communication equipment, ensuring important information is received and disseminated to the right person at the right time and ensuring Information is readily available to support the mission.


About the role

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, like SharePoint, Battle Management systems (digital mapping), Wave for radio over internet, configuring applications, organising networks and drives and working with websites.

This includes maintaining the daily flow of various forms of information (routine and incident based), 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 OPSIS we manage the flow of information, so that it’s easily understood, easily seen and allows the flow of information to work alot quicker.

Career progression and training

Career Progression

Basic Training

Job Training

Your trade training will take approximately four to five years to complete. Throughout this time the NZ Army will provide training within your chosen professional field of employment. To start with, you will undergo the basic Web Application coursing leading up to more advance coursing further on in your career.  As you move up within rank and seniority in your chosen trade of OPSIS, you can be posted to other areas such as Wellington, Trentham, Auckland and Burnham.

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 initial communications training with a 3 month course at, Linton, Palmerston North. On this course you will learn to operate a broad range of Army Radio and Communications equipment whilst gaining a good understanding of computer and networking systems. This primary course is the building block of Esprit de Corps & comradeship to the RNZ Signals Corps and its members whom will become lifelong friends within and outside of the NZ Army.


Communication Systems Operator and Operational Support and Information Specialist Junior Course

This five week course conducted at Linton Military Camp will teach you the requirements to operate all communications access node (CAN) bearer systems and provide first line operational support within a command post environment. You will receive instruction on advanced combat net radio systems, construction of antenna systems, wide band satellite systems, army security systems, command post operations and information assurance


Operational Support and Information Specialist 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 in the field. Configuration of applications and implementation of information management procedures will be highlighted during this course as well as the advanced understanding of the tactical and strategic space within a Command Post for our Land Forces.


Operational Support and Information Specialist 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 and configuration, Information Management and exploitation will be enhanced to a higher level of understanding. You will be expected to plan, advise and 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. The Communications Information System Electronic Warfare Managers Course is more advanced course which will train you in the administration, design and management of communications systems. The course is designed to test your management skills and your ability to manoeuvre communications assets on the battlefield.


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 Trade Training


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 17.5 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 and security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.

You must have 10 NCEA Level 1 credits in each Literacy and Numeracy.

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 TSV 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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