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

About the role

The Supply Technician’s main responsibility is to ensure that soldiers have enough equipment and supplies to successfully complete any task in both peacetime, and on a diverse range of other operations, including humanitarian disaster response. From ammunition and fuel, to spare parts and clothing, it will be your task to ensure the Army has everything it needs to get the job done.

You will become experienced in logistic supply chains, trained in inventory management and enhance your skills in project planning to facilitate equipment and supplies for our troops, no matter where in the world you are, and your mission. 

As a Supply Technician you will obtain licenses for military vehicles such as the Military Service Vehicle Light (MSV (Lt)), the Pinzgauer Light Operating Vehicle, the Unimog U1700 truck and the new technologically advanced fleet of Medium Heavy Operational Vehicles (MHOV), in order to successfully transport the New Zealand Army’s equipment around the world. 

Lawyers, architects, electricians, project managers, police and data analysts number amongst our team and we welcome anyone with an interest in conducting supply chain logistic management outputs within the combat battlespace.




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Career progression and training

Training overview



Initial training consists of three stages which equates to approximately 7 weeks of training. MOD 1 (Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Service) is conducted throughout the calendar year, with Mod 2 & initial trade specific coursing taking place in November, December and January of a given year.

MOD 1 (Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Service) is conducted across New Zealand at specified times throughout the calendar year. This course is run in Palmerston North (Linton Military Camp), 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 Army Reserve. 

MOD 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 a two-week residential course. This course is currently under re-development. All candidates will be advised of the course design upon its settlement and implementation. 

MOD 1- Introduction to the New Zealand Army and Reserve Service

The purpose of Mod 1 is to familiarise recruits with the Army, and Reserve Service prior to their attendance at the Recruit Territorial Force All Corps Basic (MOD 2).

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 and the Ethos and Values of the NZ Army. You will also be taught how to live and operate within the military environment and learn about the standards that are required of you over the next two training segments.

MOD 2 - Basic Recruit Training Course

The aim of this course is to produce a soldier capable of a fulfilling an appointment within an infantry section. Mod 2 is a 38 day course conducted upon your arrival at Waiouru Military Camp.

During this stage of your training 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:
    • patrolling procedures,
    • operating in a rifle section, and
    • open / close country fieldcraft
  • Introduction to Physical Training, including the Army Fitness Test
  • Broadend understanding of military law, including “The Laws of Armed Conflict”
  • Conduct the Army Required Fitness Test (RFL), swim test and timed pack walk

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 (PTE) in the NZ Army Reserve, ready to complete their initial trade specific coursing.

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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


Period of service

  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Class 1 drivers licence required and class 2 is highly desirable
  • No driving convictions

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.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.

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