• Service
  • Specialisation
    Army Reserve
  • Location
  • Starting Salary
  • Upcoming Intake
    11 November, 2021

About the role

You will learn how to drive and operate both military and civilian vehicles tactically by day & by night. This may involve training for tasks such as conducting Vehicle Check Points (VCP’s), providing Mobile Convoy Protection (MCP) or Mobile Facility Protection (MFP).

These tasks will allow you to assist local authorities during real time emergencies and natural disasters both nationally and internationally.

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Career progression and training

Basic Training

Job Training

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.


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


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 MARS-L 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.

As an Armoured Combat Specialist your training progression is based on licences, and how long it will take you to achieve a class 2 full.


Once you have a class 2 licence you will be eligible to conduct the LOV familiarisation course. This involves learning how to conduct basic maintenance and operating of the LOV. You will learn how to drive this vehicle over all types of terrain in both day and night. Once you are qualified on this course you can then be employed as a driver in the troop

Until you have completed the LOV course you will be employed as an operator out of the LOV. This could involve manning the Mag 58 machine gun from the top of the vehicle or employ one of the various infantry weapons systems used.

After a few years within the troop, once you have become proficient in the various roles of an Armoured Combat Specialist and have gained some leadership experience you may be selected to complete a LOV Crew Commanders Course. This will see you in command of the vehicle and the personnel within the vehicle.

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Salary and benefits

As a Reservist you are paid on an hourly rate rather than a salary. Pay rates depend on the role you are in and your rank; your pay will increase as you move through the ranks.

As an Army Reserve soldier, the minimum remuneration you will be paid from day one is a daily rate of $167.96 including Kiwisaver and holiday pay. Your remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.


Daily Rate

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Class 1 restricted driver's licence, Class 2 is highly desirable

You must have 10 NCEA Level 1 credits in each Literacy and Numeracy.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

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

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required CV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

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