Reserve Combat Driver

As a Reserve Combat Driver in the Army, you will be trained to operate your vehicle carrying troops or equipment by day and night, anywhere in the world, and in all weather conditions and terrain.

Army Combat Drivers operate in a tactical environment. As such, soldier skills such as weapon handling and section battle drills are continually practised as a pre-requisite to the trade. Drivers will be expected to learn and remember these skills before going on to conduct their trade training, as they will be expected to combine the two in an effort to maintain security while conducting driving tasks. 

Drivers are employed within the unit as co-drivers until they are qualified with a defence driving permit for a certain type of vehicle. From this point they take a more active role conducting numerous driving tasks in support to the battalion group. They are expected to attend all training days and weekends where they will cover everything from the soldier skills of fire and maneuver to the trade specific skills such as vehicle recovery, off road driving and counter-vehicle ambush drills.

Drivers will be expected and encourage to gain as many licences as they can in order to drive the wide variety of military vehicles. This will include NMV, Unimog, 2228, Off road forklifts, motorcycles and pinzgauers.

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
  • Class 1 drivers licence required and class 2 is highly desirable
  • No driving convictions

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

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

  • 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 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 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

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.

After completing the Mod 3 you are encouraged to complete the below 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.

Drivers are recruited from the Auckland, Manawatu, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin areas.