Movement Operator

Movement control is about logistics planning such as how to move a unit of 250 people, with equipment, from North Cape to Bluff or an overseas destination. Personnel, transport, equipment, supplies, and travel arrangements are all planned and co-ordinated by Movement Operators. While your role is with the Army, you’ll be working closely with the Navy and Air Force.

As a Movement Operator you perform a variety of logistics jobs, you could include:

  • Loading and unloading cargo from supply ships and aircraft
  • Planning and implementing the movement of personnel and equipment
  • Or packing and preparing equipment and supplies to be dropped by aircraft

As you progress in your training, you may find yourself working in Antarctica, Australia and the Pacific Islands. As you spend more time in the New Zealand Army, you will become employable in a wider variety of roles and may travel to places such as South East Asia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Throughout your career as a Movements Operator, you will gain the various licences required to drive vehicles such as forklifts, heavy trucks etc. You will learn about all the computer systems used to plan and implement the movement of troops and supplies, as well as the hardware – like parachutes, boats, cranes etc – required to get ensure a safe delivery. You will also attend various management and leadership courses.

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.

While undertaking initial Recruit Course you will be paid as a Recruit (see attached pay table). On completion of  your Recruit Course you will be paid as a Private and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade.
  • Driver's Licence: You will need a Class 1 restricted driver's licence with no traffic convictions. Heavy trade practical or theory licences are preferable.

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.

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration
  • Army Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness

In the first 12 months of service, you will complete three courses:

  • A Basic Course familiarising you with the vehicles and equipment used by the New Zealand Army (you may also begin training to gain your heavy trade, forklift and other licences)
  • A Junior Driver's Course, teaching practical tasks and driving skills related to the vehicles you need to be able to drive
  • A Basic Movements Course teaching you about working with aircraft and ships

After you have been in the New Zealand Army for approximately 18 months, you will then attend a Junior Movements Course, preparing you for leadership and supervisory positions within your trade.

You will be eligible to attend an Intermediate Movements Course – offering further training in the movements field as well as additional management and leadership training – after completing approximately two years service.

You'll be posted to Linton initially for trade training. After that you'll be posted to either Auckland, Linton or Burnham.