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    Army Reserve
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  • Initial daily rate

About the role

Officers are the leaders of the New Zealand Army. They are the managers and strategists. Their decision-making skills and problem-solving abilities enable them to plan and execute tasks in wide-ranging conditions. It is their job to earn trust and respect, and to display the strength of character to inspire their soldiers in potentially difficult situations.

Specialist Officers

The Army employs trained/qualified personnel for their particular professional skills. These roles include professions such as Doctors, Nurses, Dentists and Environmental Health Specialists.

For more information on these roles look at the Regular Force trade pages:

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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.

The minimum remuneration for a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve is a daily rate of $191.54 including holiday pay, plus 4% Kiwisaver employer contributions.  Your remuneration will continue to increase on promotion and seniority.


Initial daily rate

Entry requirements


Fitness and Medical


Period of Service

To become an Officer in the Army Reserve; applicants must be a serving Reserve or Regular Force Soldier. Current serving soldiers interested in becoming an Army Reserve officer should apply using the form AFNZ 413D through their Commanding Officer.

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required 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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