20210318 NZDF R1055140 013

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Army Reserve
  • Location
    Auckland, Palmerston North
  • Initial daily rate

About the role

The Royal New Zealand Artillery (RNZA) provide the New Zealand Army with safe, accurate and timely fire support to other ground elements (soldiers and capability). As Reserve Artillery (Gunner) you will be trained across a variety of different specialist skills within our trade streams; Weapons Operator (operating the 105mm Light Gun or 81mm mortar) or Command Systems Operator (as a computer or radio operator). All of this is delivered in parallel with the soldiering profession, such as the development of infantry skills and tactics.

Reserve Artillery (Gunners) will also be provided with the opportunity to integrate with Regular Force elements on exercise both at home (domestic) and overseas where appropriate. 

Lawyers, architects, electricians, project managers, police and data analysts number amongst our team and we welcome anyone with an interest in fire support tasks within the combat battlespace.

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Career progression and training

Training Overview



Corps Training

Initial training consists of three stages which equates to approximately 7 weeks of training. Module 1 (Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Force service) is conducted throughout the calendar year, with Module 2 (Basic Training) & Corps Training (Initial Trade Specific Coursing) taking place in November, December and January of a given year.

Module 1 (Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Force service) is conducted across New Zealand at specified times throughout the calendar year. This course is run in Auckland (Whangaparāoa Leadership Centre or RNZAF Base Auckland, Whenuapai), Wellington (Trentham Military Camp) or Christchurch (Burnham Military Camp). Your Candidate Engagement Facilitator will outline the intended MOD 1 location as part of your initial application to join the ResF. 

Module 2 (Basic Training) is conducted at Waiouru Military Camp. This is a 38 day residential course, taking place across November, December and January of a given year (duration accounts for leave period over the Christmas and New Year period).

Corps Training (Initial Trade Specific Training) is yet to be implemented. Personnel who complete Module 1 and Module 2 will be posted to their unit, and will be informed of the corps training model in due course. This course is likely to run in 2023.

MODULE 1 - Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Force Service

The purpose of this stage of training is to familiarise recruits with the Army, and Reserve Force service prior to their attendance at the Recruit Territorial Force All Corps Basic (Module 2 - Basic Training).

This is a two day introduction to life in the Army. Over this period, you will be attested into the New Zealand Army, learn the basics of drill and command, Military Law, the Ethos and Values of the NZ Army and the particulars of Reserve Force service. You will also be taught how to live and operate within the military environment and learn about the standards that are required of you as a soldier.

MODULE 2 - Basic Training 

The aim of this course is to develop the individual skill set required of a soldier operating at a basic level of capability. This stage of training is a 38 day residential course conducted upon your arrival at Waiouru Military Camp.

During this stage of your training you will be introduced to:

  • Drill
  • First Aid
  • Operate and communicate utilising in-service communication systems
  • Introduction to the Individual Weapon, Modularised Assault Rifle System – Light (IW MARS-L)  and light support weapon (LSW-C9)
  • Live firing on the range in order to qualify on the IW MARS-L Annual Weapons Qualification
  • Introduction to and qualification on the high explosive grenade
  • Living in a field environment, including:
    • patrolling procedures,
    • operating in a rifle section, and
    • fieldcraft and battlecraft
  • Introduction to Physical Training, including the Army Fitness Test, swim test and timed pack walk, and
  • A broadened understanding of military law, including “The Laws of Armed Conflict”

This stage of initial training concludes with a recruit's graduation from the NZ Army training establishment - The Army Depot. Recruits will graduate as a fully qualified soldier (rank of Private/Sapper/Gunner/Trooper/Signaller) in the NZ Army’s Reserve Force, ready to progress on to initial trade specific coursing.

Corps Training - Initial Trade Specific Coursing

The course dates and structure of this stage of training have yet to be confirmed. Personnel who graduate from Basic Training will be posted to their unit, and duly advised. This course is likely to run in 2023.

Initial trade specific coursing differs across the various Army corps. The purpose of initial trade specific coursing is to provide personnel with the necessary basic trade specific skills required of their respective corps.

All personnel will continue to build on the foundational knowledge obtained through Basic Training, with trade specific and ongoing training continuing to refine outputs focused on operations within the combat battlespace. All personnel will train annually to maintain the tenets of the soldiering profession (Move, Shoot, Communicate and Medicate). 

As Reserve Artillery (Gunner) you are required to complete the 3 basic artillery corps training courses.


Learn and understand the characteristics, and identify the equipment of the Light Gun. Learn how to sight, bring into action, prepare and fire the light gun. Conduct fire missions and learn about the different ammunition used.


Learn the procedures involved in operating a command post within a Gun Battery. This involves being familiar with the high tech systems required to produce advance calculations and conduct fire missions. You will work closely with the commanders from the headquarters while they co-ordinate the movement and operation of the Gun Line.


As an Artillery Signaller you learn the role and duties of a signaller on the gun line and in the command post. You will become familiarised with the various service radio communications equipment within the NZDF, included cryptographic equipment. Enhance your skill in using Radio Telephone Procedure (RATEL) and learn how to send and receive a fire mission.



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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 $176 including holiday pay, plus 4% Kiwisaver employer contributions. Your remuneration will continue to increase on promotion and seniority.


Initial daily rate

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Preferably hold a Class 1 restricted driver's licence

3 years secondary school.

Note, that qualifications may be used to assess trade suitability.

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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