As a Combat Medical Technician, you will be trained in first aid and emergency care skills, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Out in the field, you will be ensuring a high level of health and hygiene is adhered to in order to prevent illness and injury.
Once qualified as a Combat Medical Technician, you will be employed with a medical section and provide medical cover for activities.
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
- No health experience is necessary to apply for this position but you must be prepared to pursue medic/paramedic related studies.
You must have achieved NCEA level 2 with a minimum of 12 credits in a level 2 Science.
- 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.
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:
- 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 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.
To become a qualified CMT you must undergo a two week advanced first aid course and complete annual competencies to remain current. This course does not qualify you as an army medic but allows you provide medical cover as you will provide advanced combat casualty care. On completion of this course you will continue to develop your medical training by training as part of medical section.
There are also options of conducting funded papers towards medic qualifications through the Defence Health School (NZ).
There is a Reserve unit location in Auckland, Linton, Burnham and Dunedin.