Training Command

Training Command

Training Command

Like all other aspects of the Defence Force Training Command is a dual use Military/Civilian organisation.

The civilian role of Training Command is to leverage the experience of defence force personnel to enhance the survival skills of New Zealand's population in general. The Primary Missions C1 ( civil emergency) and B1 (biohazard) will require considerable effort by the population at large to recover the nation.

Survival training at secondary school is regarded as a useful way to provide this and other life skills by embedding them into the requirements of the physical education core curriculum. Emphasis is placed on both everyday and emergency survival ranging from dealing with injuries to building temporary shelter.

Training Command's operational role is the creation, retention, presentation and passing on of crucial practical experience and knowledge. This involves basic instruction, individual assessment, organisational learning, and team assessment. Every three years (in the middle of the electoral term) training command issues a Primary Missions Preparedness Report to Parliament based on the results of deployments, exercises and intelligence reports.

Training Command interoperates with all operational units as a separate, attached unit.

The main groups of Training Command are:

  • Civilian Training Group
  • Basic Training Group
  • Air Training Group
  • Maritime Training Group
  • Field Operations Group
  • Support Operations Group
  • Command Training Group
  • Training Audit and Assessment Department.

Basic Training is essential for all Operations Command staff and any staff that are likely to see field deployment. This includes drivers, engineers and even cooks. Basic Training is essentially a sorting ground which allows new recruits a chance to look around at the options open within the force. Recruitment numbers will depend on on drop-off and churn. Note that because of the increased pay rates it is assumed working for the force will be more attractive than it is at the moment. Basic Training lasts 12 months. During this time it will take a young man or woman and teach them self-reliance skills, discipline and teamwork. Even if they do not continue with the force they will be considerably more capable human beings afterwards.

Command Directorate

The command directorate is responsible for the delivery of instruction and assessment. Ultimately any failure by Pacific or Operations Command due to lack of training comes back on training command. The Directorate's task is to keep a general overview of the state of Pacific and Operations Command and to design exercises to improve their performance either individually or jointly.
Staff: 24

Civilian Training Department

Defence Industry Training Organisation

Works with Ministry of Education and Qualifications Authority to develop policies and curricula relating to defence, civil defence and biohazard survival training. These are incorporated into the Qualifications Framework.
Staff:24

Secondary Survival Training Department

Divided into 10 Mobile Training Teams which visits secondary schools to provide all students with 16 periods of survival training per year. The Units also take weekend courses for Emergency Brigade Rescue Teams. All courses are recognised as part of the National Qualifications Framework.
Staff: 48.
(Staff are rotated from other branches of the force to maintain freshness and reduce teacher fatigue.)

Youth Training Unit

A special course for at-risk youth which focuses on survival training and basic skills including driver training, bushcraft, and basic trades skills.
Staff: 24

Business Survival Planning Department

This unit operates from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga, Taupo, Rotorua, Napier, Nelson, and Dunedin as a coordinating department with local councils and businesses to develop contingency plans for varying types and levels of emergency. This is to establish roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency and may involve contingent contracts to utilise equipment as well as arrangements to protect important private facilities such as oil tank farms, supermarkets etc.
Staff: 24

TOTAL STAFF: 120

Basic Training Department

Recruit Orientation Section

The recruit orientation unit is a small unit which introduced force life to recruits. This includes understanding the chain of command, protocols and procedures, force law, and basic discipline. It also includes basic physical training and physical and psychological assessment.
Staff: 24. (in addition to unit officers)

Basic Physical Training Section

This unit extends the initial physical training to the limits. Recruits who aren't eating or sleeping will be exercising.
Staff: 8. (in addition to unit officers)

Basic Weapons Training Section

This unit trains recruits in basic weapons training and marskmanship. The unit assesses aptitude and skill.
Staff: 8. (in addition to unit officers)

Basic Survival Training Section

This unit trains recruits in outdoor survival skills, camp duties and protocols. It also trains in biohazard and health management. Training lasts three months.
Staff: 24

Basic Driver Training Unit

This unit trains recruits in the basics of driving vehicles safely both on and off the road

Unit has its three of its own AMV fighting vehicles
Unit has four of its own MAN HX trucks
Unit has its own Landcruisers
Staff: 24

Basic Camp Services

This unit trains recruits in the issues of camp food preparation and supply, camp shelter and energy options, laundry requirements, sanitation and perimeter security issues

Unit has four of its own MAN HX trucks
Unit has its own Landcruisers

Staff:24

Basic Mission Management

This unit trains recruits on the MARS doctrine and OPEL assessments of every mission. It broadens horizons above the basic tasks
Staff:24

 TOTAL STAFF: 136

Logistics Training Department

Advanced Load Management Training Unit

This unit trains recruits to be licensed truck and bus drivers with additional experience in off-road driving. It also teaches load management including vehicle stability and load care and security.
Unit has four of its own MAN HX trucks

Staff: 24

Advanced Deployment Management Unit

This unit teaches the art of providing supplies to forces in other countries. It includes the the full range of customs related issues, consumption rate management, alternative source issues, budgets etc.
Staff:24

Advanced Catering Unit

This unit teaches field catering from peeling spuds up to managing the nutritional needs of a company in a foreign country.
Staff:24

Advanced Hazmat Unit

This unit teaches the safe and efficient handling of all forms of hazardous materials from munitions, through biohazards, chemicals, mines, fuel etc.
Staff:24

Total Staff: 96

Air Training Department

Fixed-Wing Training Unit

This  flight training unit manages the recruitment and training of pilots for both Pacific and Operations Command. Some of this training is carried out in operational aircraft, some is carried out by third parties. Training includes all levels of civilian licences plus maritime landings, combat tactics and skills.

Unit has
* 2 Viking DHC-6 entry level air transport trainers
* 2 Embraer Phenom entry level jet passenger trainer
Staff: 24.

Rotary-Wing Training Unit

This flight training unit manages the recruitment and training of pilots for both Pacific and Operations Command. Some of this training is carried out in operational aircraft, some is carried out by third parties. Training includes all levels of civilian licences plus maritime landings, combat tactics and skills.

Unit has:

2 A109M helicopters
1 EH101 Helicopter
Staff: 24.

Flight Crew Training Unit

The flight crew training unit manages the recruitment and training of flight crews, including navigators, flight engineers, search and rescue operators, flight systems operators (eg ELINT).
Staff: 24

Ground Grew Training Unit

The ground crew training unit manages the recruitment and training of operational ground crews including refueling, air traffic control, armoury, fire-fighting, etc. This is an administrative section because training is hands-on.
Staff: 24

TOTAL STAFF: 96

Maritime Training Department

Fisheries Patrol Training Unit
Manages the recruitment and training of inshore Launch crews. It also provides needs analysis for more seasoned crew.

Unit has 1 Shaldig coastal training launch (Auckland)

Staff:24

Large Vessel Training Unit
Manages the recruitment and training of ship crew members both on and off the vessels. It also provides needs analysis for more seasoned crew.
Staff: 24.

Dive Training Unit
Manages the training of divers for both the Marine Commandos and other units operating submersible craft.
Staff:24

TOTAL STAFF:72

Land Combat Training Department

Infantry Training School

Manages the recruitment, training and advanced training of the infantry units. This is predominantly focused on the Grenadiers but includes infantry tactics, marksmanship with personal, platoon and company level weapons.Its task is to provide both individual instruction and unit challenges and exercises. This is a senior department in that its staff are senior officers and NCOs with significant experience.

Unit has its three of its own AMV fighting vehicles
Staff:24

Special Ops Training School

Manages the recruitment, training and advanced training of special operations forces. This is focussed on the Paratroops, Rangers and Commando companies.This is a senior department in that its staff are senior officers and NCOs with significant experience.

Unit has

2 DHC-6 Viking Twin Otter parachute training aircraft
Staff: 24

Mechanised Training Unit

Manages the recruitment and training of mechanised units. This includes driving, weapons systems training, combat engineering training and systems training plus mechanised unit tactics. This is a senior department in that its staff are senior officers and NCOs with significant experience.

Unit trains existing combat units
Staff:24

Artillery Training Unit

Manages the training of soldiers in the artillery units plus those operating indirect weapons systems or designation systems. These include 40mm automatic grenade launchers and 60mm mortars.This is a senior department in that its staff are senior officers and NCOs with significant experience.

Unit trains existing combat units
Staff: 24

Integrated Arms Training Unit

This unit organises exercises involving all Operations and Pacific Command arms.
Staff: 24.

TOTAL STAFF: 120

Support Operations Training Department

Engineering Training Unit

Manages the recruitment and training of engineering personnel. Its primary task is to bring recruits up to operational speed.Further training will be carried out by operational officers. Its secondary role is to carry out needs analysis for engineering training. This is a senior unit in that its staff are senior officers and NCOs with significant experience.
Staff:24

Fire Fighting Training Unit

Teaches fire fighting an fire-fighting to all personnel and advanced techniques to specialists

Unit has one MAN SX Fire Unit

Staff: 24

Field Systems Training Unit

Manages the recruitment and training of field IT specialists. Its primary task is to bring recruits up to operational speed.Further training will be carried out by operational officers. Its secondary role is to carry out needs analysis for engineering training. This is a senior unit in that its staff are senior officers and NCOs with significant experience.
Staff:24

Medical and Biohazard Response Training Unit

This unit trains other units in the essentials of First Aid and biohazard response management including Human and Agricultural Disease containment. Training is focused on principal threats including Foot and Mouth disease, Bovine Spongiform Encepathy, Anthrax, Influenza strains including H5N1, Ebola and Marborg Fevers, Cholera, Malaria, Denge Fever and Blackwater Fever.

Unit has two biohazard buses
Staff: 24 

TOTAL STAFF:96

Command Training Department

Leadership Training and Assessment Unit

This department teaches the arts of command and leadership to officers and NCOs alike. Its focus is on field command where dealing with stressful situations in a clear and professional manner is essential.Its task is to provide both individual instruction and unit challenges and exercises. This is a senior department in that its staff are senior officers and NCOs with significant experience.
Staff: 24.

Operational Methods Unit

This department organises training in tactics and operational aspects. It generally organises for officers and NCOs to be deployed with other forces so that they can learn their techniques. It also trains in standard doctrine - although this is more for reference than for absolute conformance. The Department emphasises learning and flexibility rather than set piece moves.
Staff: 24

Mana Maori Unit

The Defence Force employs instructors to educate officers and NCOs in Maori language. This is because it is cheaper to teach people Maori than to develop a similar level of communications security by technolgical means. It is unlikely that hostiles likely to intercept communications are likely to have much command of Maori. The unit also provides instruction in Maori protocol and cultural activities.
Staff: 24.

TOTAL STAFF: 72

Training Audit and Records Department

Training Records Management Unit

This unit provides the records management system for tracking all training of all staff on an individual basis.
Staff: 24

Operations and Exercises Assessment Unit

This unit provides the impartial assessment of operations and exercises so that elements can be assessed in terms of their effectiveness in achieving objectives. The objective is to identify training and experience deficiences.
Staff: 24

Training Methods Audit and Assessment Unit

This unit assesses the effectiveness of the training techniques, personnel and systems used by Training Command. Its task is to comment on the effectiveness of Training Command's other Groups and identify opportunities for improvement.
Staff: 24.

TOTAL STAFF: 72