Opportunities for You

As a valued Reserve Force supporter, opportunities are available for you to experience first-hand the benefits of having a Reserve in your employ.

Employer Visits

Employer visits enable you to observe your employee working as a Reserve Force member on unit exercises or activities. You will witness the types of training Reserve Force members receive and the resulting benefits of such training.

Activities can include, field training, sea exercises, officer selection boards, and command post exercises.

Exercise Boss Lift

Exercise Boss Lift enables you to observe your employee working as a Reserve Force member on operation. Boss Lift is also a chance for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to extend thanks to the employers of Reserves.

You will witness what the NZDF does on exercises and operations, such as in the Solomon Islands, and gain valuable insights into the benefits that Reserve Force training brings back to your business.


In appreciation of your valued support, you are eligible for official recognition through the Employer Support Recognition Programme.

Certificates are awarded annually at either regional or national ceremonies, depending on the level achieved.  The programme culminates with the prestigious TFESC Employer of the Year Awards.  This publicised, annual event is designed to formally recognise the outstanding commitment that employers have made to support  Reserve Force employees.

How to apply

To apply for these opportunities, please contact us.

This page was last reviewed on 14 September 2016, and is current.