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 operations. 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.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Logistics and Administration
  • Location
    Papakura, Linton, Trentham, Burnham
  • Starting Salary
  • Upcoming Intake
    11 July, 2022
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About the role

If you’re good at thinking ahead and project planning, then you could be well-suited to a career as a Supply Technician. Your main responsibility will be to ensure our troops have enough equipment and supplies to complete any task – no matter where in the world you are, and what in the world your mission. You become a trained inventory and warehouse operator, utilising a variety of skills and services to ensure the Army has everything it needs and is prepared to get the job done.

You will need to learn how to move all of the New Zealand Army’s equipment around. That means you will gain driving licences in various classes including forklift and heavy truck. You may learn how to operate our field petrol tankers.

You will also receive training in SAP, the Army’s logistic IT system; an internationally used software package used by many of the world's largest and most successful companies. You will learn and become experienced in logistic supply chains and the distribution of goods throughout New Zealand and our regional dependencies.

Job on base

While on camp, you will be in charge of the safe storage and distribution of the equipment used by the Army. This will involve the ordering and sourcing of different equipment ranging from ammunition to clothing to the stationery needs for troops and providing essential support services.


As well as your day to day responsibilities as a supply technician, you will also continue your soldier training including weapons, patrolling, navigation, medical and radio/communications training.

Job on deployment

Supply Technicians deploy on a variety of overseas missions and postings in support of other units and contingents. The role of a Supply Technician overseas will be largely the same as while on camp, sourcing equipment and supplies as required to ensure the Army has what it needs to get the job done. Past deployments have included Afghanistan, Iraq, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, and Sinai.

I've got a passion for supply and making sure things are in the right place and everyone’s got what they need. 

Brendon Stuart

Career progression and training

Career Progression

Basic Training

Job Training

Ongoing Training

Specialist Training

Post your initial Logistics Course you will have the opportunity to complete a number of Specialist courses to broaden your knowledge and skills as a Supply Technician. This could be from gaining new licenses, to learning how to handle and store ammunition or bulk fuel. As a Supply Technician you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of different fields and gain NZQA accredited qualifications while doing so.

As a Supply Technician you could be posted to one of the main Combat Service Support Battalions, or posted to a unit within NZ to provide direct 1st line support to the Combat and Combat Support troops within the NZ Army. Supply Technicians may be required to work individually within small teams or as part of a large Company sized group. Even in the early stages of your career you may be given a lot of responsibility and asked to complete tasks with minimal guidance. As a Supply Technician there are a number of paths your career can move toward and you will gain a variety of highly transferable skills to the civilian world.

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


This six-week course at Trentham Camp, Upper Hutt, involves:

  • Learning the intricacies of Combat Services Support
  • Learning to operate in a camp environment
  • Learning to operate in a field environment
  • Learning advanced radio communication skills
  • Learning the intricacies of force protection
  • Corps history

Following the basic course, you will spend a further three weeks at Trentham camp learning about the NZ Army supply chain operations, receiving training in basic warehouse operations, health and safety, hazardous substances and will gain a forklift truck licence.

Throughout your career, you will gain recognised qualifications in business, warehousing and inventory management, as well as occupational health and safety licences.

As you gain experience, you will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as:

  • Medical equipment
  • Repair parts/equipment
  • Rationing
  • Petroleum operation
  • Tyre repair
  • Field services, include shower/laundry
  • Contract management
  • Computer/information systems
  • Procurement (purchasing and acquisition)
  • Ammunition handling
  • Mortuary affairs operation
  • Special Operations Support Enabler
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Salary and benefits

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




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Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental

Access to subsidised equipment on base

Subsidised food on base

Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


Period of Service

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade.
  • Driver’s Licence: A Class 1 restricted driver's licence is desirable.
  • Typing and computer skills are preferred.

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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