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    Army Reserve
  • Location
  • Starting Trade Training

About the role

The Royal New Zealand Logistics Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) (RNZALR) provide various support functions to the New Zealand Army and wider NZDF.

The Supply Technician’s main responsibility is to ensure that soldiers have enough equipment and supplies to successfully complete any task in both peacetime, and on a diverse range of other operations, including humanitarian disaster response. From ammunition and fuel, to spare parts and clothing, it will be your task to ensure the combat operation has everything it needs to get the job done.

As a Reserve Supply Technician, you will become experienced in the operational military supply chain, driving heavy vehicles will be one of your foundation skills as you deliver combat supplies and services to forward troops. Your role could see operating bulk carrying capability for both fuel and water, driving cross-country forklifts, operating a warehouse in the bush and operating field ablution and laundry systems in support of deployed troops.

Lawyers, architects, electricians, project managers, police and data analysts number amongst our team and we welcome anyone with an interest in conducting supply chain logistic outputs within the combat battlespace.

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Career progression and training

Training overview



Corps Training

Initial training consists of three stages which equates to approximately 7 weeks of training. Module 1 (Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Force service) is conducted throughout the calendar year, with Module 2 (Basic Training) & Corps Training (Initial Trade Specific Coursing) taking place in November, December and January of a given year.

Module 1 (Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Force service) is conducted across New Zealand at specified times throughout the calendar year. This course is run in Auckland (Whangaparāoa Leadership Centre or RNZAF Base Auckland, Whenuapai), Wellington (Trentham Military Camp) or Christchurch (Burnham Military Camp). Your Candidate Engagement Facilitator will outline the intended MOD 1 location as part of your initial application to join the ResF. 

Module 2 (Basic Training) is conducted at Waiouru Military Camp. This is a 38 day residential course, taking place across November, December and January of a given year (duration accounts for leave period over the Christmas and New Year period).

Corps Training (Initial Trade Specific Training) is a twenty day course broken down in to five modules, undertaken by both Reserve Combat Drivers and Reserve Supply Technicians. 

MODULE 1 - Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Force Service

The purpose of this stage of training is to familiarise recruits with the Army, and Reserve Force service prior to their attendance at the Recruit Territorial Force All Corps Basic (Module 2 - Basic Training).

This is a two day introduction to life in the Army. Over this period, you will be attested into the New Zealand Army, learn the basics of drill and command, Military Law, the Ethos and Values of the NZ Army and the particulars of Reserve Force service. You will also be taught how to live and operate within the military environment and learn about the standards that are required of you as a soldier.

MODULE 2 - Basic Training 

The aim of this course is to develop the individual skill set required of a soldier operating at a basic level of capability. This stage of training is a 38 day residential course conducted upon your arrival at Waiouru Military Camp.

During this stage of your training you will be introduced to:

  • Drill
  • First Aid
  • Operate and communicate utilising in-service communication systems
  • Introduction to the Individual Weapon, Modularised Assault Rifle System – Light (IW MARS-L)  and light support weapon (LSW-C9)
  • Live firing on the range in order to qualify on the IW MARS-L Annual Weapons Qualification
  • Introduction to and qualification on the high explosive grenade
  • Living in a field environment, including:
    • patrolling procedures,
    • operating in a rifle section, and
    • fieldcraft and battlecraft
  • Introduction to Physical Training, including the Army Fitness Test, swim test and timed pack walk, and
  • A broadened understanding of military law, including “The Laws of Armed Conflict”

This stage of initial training concludes with a recruit's graduation from the NZ Army training establishment - The Army Depot. Recruits will graduate as a fully qualified soldier (rank of Private/Sapper/Gunner/Trooper/Signaller) in the NZ Army’s Reserve Force, ready to progress on to initial trade specific coursing.

Corps Training - Initial Trade Specific Coursing

Initial trade specific coursing differs across the various Army corps. The purpose of initial trade specific coursing is to provide personnel with the necessary basic trade specific skills required of their respective corps.

All personnel will continue to build on the foundational knowledge obtained through Basic Training, with trade specific and ongoing training continuing to refine outputs focused on operations within the combat battlespace. All personnel will train annually to maintain the tenets of the soldiering profession (Move, Shoot, Communicate and Medicate). 

As a Reserve Supply Technician, you are required to complete the Logistics Operators Course.

This is a twenty day course, broken down in to five residential modules held in either Christchurch (Burnham Military Camp) or Palmerston North (Linton Military Camp). 

Both Reserve Combat Drivers and Reserve Supply Technicians will gain an understanding of Logistics on the battlefield and become proficient in combat logistics procedures, tactical vehicle movement and operating vehicle communication equipment, creating synergy with the supply and transport aspects of the logistics function on combat and humanitarian disaster response operations.

During this course you will be introduced to and qualifying on an initial range of vehicle licenses, defence driving permits (DDPs) and endorsements. Both Reserve logistics trades will learn to comprehend the regulations for securing vehicle loads and will  conduct vehicle navigation through all terrain. 

As a Supply Technician you will additionally obtain licenses for military vehicles such as the Military Service Vehicle Light (MSV (Lt)), the Pinzgauer Light Operating Vehicle, the Unimog U1700 truck and the new technologically advanced fleet of Medium Heavy Operational Vehicles (MHOV), in order to successfully transport the New Zealand Army’s equipment and supplies on operations around the world.

On completion of the Logistics Operators course there are a number of  modules which you will complete back at your unit. Supply Technicians will follow the Reserve Force Supply Technician Stream where the following specialist training modules are delivered:

  • Combat Supply Training,
  • Mortuary affairs operation,
  • UBRE (Unit Bulk Refuelling Equipment),
  • Tyre Repair,
  • Shower Unit Training (Unit Trg), and
  • Laundry Unit Training (Unit Trg)


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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 $176 including holiday pay, plus 4% Kiwisaver employer contributions. Your remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.


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Entry requirements



Fitness and medical


  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Class 1 drivers licence required and class 2 is highly desirable
  • No driving convictions

3 years secondary school.

Note, that qualifications may be used to assess trade suitability.

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

Find out if you’re eligible here.

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