Reserve Artillery (Gunner)

As an Artillery (Gunner), you will be part of a professional team dedicated to providing safe, accurate and timely fire support to troops. As an Artillery (Gunner) you will specialise in one of the gunner streams; Field Gun Operator, Artillery Signaller or Command Post Operator.

As an Army Reserve soldier, the minimum remuneration you will be paid from day one is a daily rate of $105.39. Your remuneration will increase upon graduation of your recruit course to a daily rate of $119.41 and will continue to increase on promotion and seniority.

  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade
  • Preferably hold a Class 1 restricted driver's licence

You must have achieved the NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements

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

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.

Mod 1

The purpose of Mod 1 is to familiarise recruits with the Army prior to them attending the Recruit Territorial Force All Corps Basic Module Two.

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

Mod 2

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 Steyr 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

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.

Once you have completed the mod 1-3 you will be required to complete one the 3 basic artillery corps training courses.


Learn and understand the characteristics, and identify the equipment of the Light Gun. Learn how to sight, bring into action, prepare and fire the light gun. Conduct fire missions and learn about the different ammunition used.


Learn the procedures involved in operating a command post within a Gun Battery. This involves being familiar with the high tech systems required to produce advance calculations and conduct fire missions. You will work closely with the commanders from the headquarters while they co-ordinate the movement and operation of the Gun Line.


As an Artillery Signaller you learn the role and duties of a signaller on the gun line and in the command post. You will become familiarised with the various service radio communications equipment within the NZDF, included cryptographic equipment. Enhance your skill in using Radio Telephone Procedure (RATEL) and learn how to send and receive a fire mission.

The Reserves have an Artillery (Gunner) unit in Auckland, and Linton so you would need to be close to these areas.