- SpecialisationArmy Reserve
- LocationAuckland, Manawatu, Wellington and Christchurch areas
- Starting Salary$148.82
About the role
Combat Engineers provide the New Zealand Army with vital combat engineering support. As a Combat Engineer in the Army Reserve you will be trained in a variety of different specialist skills including explosive demolition, bridge construction, mine clearance, small boat handling and obstacle breaching.
Although Combat Engineer is the only engineer trade that is offered in the Reserves, we are very interested in people with civilian qualifications within the other trade areas such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters or plant (earth moving equipment) operators.
Soldiers with qualifications in these areas will predominately train as a combat engineer, but may have the opportunity to conduct some transition training so their highly valuable skills can be utilised in a military environment.
Career progression and training
Initial training consists of three modules which equate to approximately 7 weeks of training. Mod 1 and 2 are conducted throughout the year and Mod 3 in 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 Mod 2.
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:
- First Aid
- Introduction to the IW MARS-L 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.
As a Field Engineer, you need to complete a Basic Combat Engineer Corps Training. During this course you will be introduced to the role, equipment, procedures, and drills involved in becoming a field engineer.
You will cover; combat bridge construction, boating, explosives handling and employment, search, mine clearance and battle hardening of military infrastructure. This course will provide you with the necessary skills to be employed within a field engineer section, where you will continue to build on your training and further develop your skills in your chosen trade.
Salary and benefits
As a Reservist you are paid on an hourly rate rather than a salary. Pay rates depend on the role you are in and your rank; your pay will increase as you move through the ranks.
As an Army Reserve soldier, the minimum remuneration you will be paid from day one is a daily rate of $148.82. Your remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.
Fitness and Medical
Period of service
- You must be at least 17 years of age
- Preferably hold a Class 1 restricted driver's licence
- 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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