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About the role

As a Movement Operator you will be in charge of the planning, co-ordinating and execution of the movement of equipment and personnel from one location to another by land, air or sea.

Daily activities a movement operator may be involved in are:

  • Loading and unloading cargo from supply ships and aircraft.
  • Planning and implementing the movement of personnel and equipment from one location to another. A team of Movement Operators is responsible for sending personnel overseas on deployment as well as returning them home.
  • Packing and preparing equipment and supplies to be air dropped by a RNZAF aircraft.

These various tasks see you working very closely with members of the RNZAF and RNZN. Once you are a qualified movement operator you may have the opportunity to be involved in the annual loading and unloading of stores and equipment sent to Antarctica or be involved in the preparation of troops being deployed overseas.

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Career progression and training

Basic Training

Job Training

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 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:

  • Drill
  • 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.

After completing the Mod 3 you are first required to complete the junior driver course before you are able to conduct the junior Movement Operator’s course.

Driver RNZALR Territorial Force Junior Course

This is a 14 day course which aims to produce a RNZALR Reserve driver who is proficient in carrying out basic driver duties in a combat service support section.

This course will introduce you to movement orders, vehicle navigation aids, and tactical driving including camouflage and concealment techniques for vehicles. You will also participate in transport and distribution procedures within a combat service support section.

You may get the opportunity to complete one the NZ Army driving familiarisation courses to enhance your employability within your trade.

Movement Operator, RNZALR, Junior Course

This is a 30 day course which aims to train RNZALR movement operators to perform the duties of a junior movement controller, junior terminal operator and junior aerial delivery rigger. This course with teach you the procedures such as controlling, administering and the various roles for transiting personnel and equipment during terminal operations, for both air and sea ports. You will also be taught basic aerial delivery theory and learn to rig aerial delivery containers ready for air drop.

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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 $167.96 including Kiwisaver and holiday pay. Your remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.


Daily rate

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


Period of Service

  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • You must have a class 1 licence with nil traffic convictions. Class 2, & FL licences are highly desirable.

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 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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