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Tactical Units

What sort of units do we want to be able to put on the ground?
Fundamentally the operation of large strategic assets defines the organisation that supports them. Ships and aircraft need crews, support and training systems and management systems. The asset defines the mission and vice-versa.

Operational units are different. Operational units are organisations intended to be capable of achieving a broad set of tasks. These include:
  • Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
  • New Zealand Special Air Service
  • Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
  • Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery
  • Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers
  • Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals
  • Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
  • Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps
  • Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps
  • Royal New Zealand Army Dental Corps
  • Corps of Royal New Zealand Military Police
  • Joint Services Fire Training School
  • New Zealand Army Band
  • Army Reserve
  • Cadet Corps
  • Naval Diving Support
  • Naval Aviation (Helicopters)
  • 4 Inshore Patrol Vessels

The New Zealand Army has 4,500 full-time and 2,500 part-time troops. In effect it is build around the notion of cadre units so that the NZDF can rebuild its original division(s). This study does not believe that rebuilding the WW2 New Zealand Division is ever likely to be required and instead reorganises the force into a large expeditionary brigade structure (A brigade is group of battalions which work together).  The objective of this structure is to be able to operate in both civil emergency, low intensity conflict and high level conflict situations.

The Brigade would be drawn from all NZDF (8,716 active) personnel (including the Navy).The brigade would be composed of:

  1. SAS
  2. No.3 Squadron
  3. Rangers Battalion (378 regulars)
  4. Marines Battalion (556 regulars 72 reservists)
  5. Military Police Battalion (452 regulars 116 reservists)
  6. Pioneers Battalion (288 regulars 96 reservists)
  7. Motorised Battalion (468 regulars, 210 reservists)
  8. Biodefence Battalion (300 regulars, 360 reservists)
  9. Ceremonial Battalion (384 reservists)

TOTAL Strength: 2442 regulars plus 1238 reservists. Because the payscales would be higher the saving from reducing the front-line staff by two thirds would not be proportional to current costs. Many jobs would also be transferred to the training and Arsenal organisations. However 33% should be achievable.

1. Eliminating unused and unnecessary capability

2. Restructuring to a more function-oriented structure
3. Increasing the use of civilian staff and private facilities management contractors where there is no need for the armed services personnel employment contracts
4. Focusing the armed services on defence against all hazards and in particular in situations which may require the use of deadly force.

A secondary goal is to improve retention in the armed services by

1. Tying pay scales to skills rather than seniority
2. Improving the skill acquisition 'deal' for recruits such that bonding to reservist status is sufficient to forgive training debts
3. Clearer roles, purpose, achievement and recognition by the NZ Public
 
To date examinations of the military have not attempted to mess with the actual force organisation. This is a suggestion as to how the force could be reorganised for greater efficiency, resilience and transparency. The units not touched by this reorganisation are
  • New Zealand Special Air Service
  • No.3 Squadron (NH90s)

No.3 and No.5 (helicopter) Squadrons would become a part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Brigade

The unnecessary capability for elimination largely refers to:
  • Far too many hard-to-deploy LAV IIIs.
  • Long-range ground based artillery which has not been deployed since Vietnam. To avoid civilian casualties the precision of laser-guided air-launched munitions are preferable.

Principles of reorganisation

The traditional military structure assumes one military fighting another. This hasn't happened since Korea. Since Vietnam wars have been complex political and insurgency oriented developments where politics and violence are entwined. This reorganisation is based around varying degrees of violence:
 
1. Deadly violence: SAS
2. Occasional deadly violence:  Rangers, Pioneers, Marines, No.3 Squadron 
3. Latent violence and insurgency.  Mounted,  MP, Biosafety
4. Non-violent. Ceremonial
 
The re-organised NZDF is based around a career structure as follows:
1. Trainee - personnel are inducted and trained for service, initially seperately and then on-the-job.
2. Regular - personnel have a full-time role with the NZDF
3. Reservist - personnel have ceased full-time employment with the NZDF but are available in the reserves
 
The key is the battalion structure.
 
A battalion is an organisation of about 300-600 based around a certain type of skillset.
Personnel are not employed to operate specific types of equipment but to have specific skill-sets.
Units choose the equipment they need from an arsenal and this equipment may differ from deployment to deployment.
Battalions generally have companies at the different NZDF bases around New Zealand. A base may have companies from numerous different battalions.
 
Companies are made up of four or five platoons of about 30 personnel.
Few companies are composed solely of regulars. Some platoons are in training and some are reservists who may be called upon to fill gaps.
Each company contributes personnel for deployment overseas.
 
In some cases it is the platoon which is basis for deployment contributing sections or teams of 6 or 8 with some sections or teams reservists or in training.
 
The main new structure in this reorganisation stems from blurring the boundary between the Army, Navy and to a lessor extent the Airforce. It is the Marines. The Marines operate in and around the sea. The object in creating this new organisation is to improve New Zealand's ability to operate in the Pacific where watercraft are often used more than vehicles. By maintaining a force which spends its time engaged in EEZ protection, and SAR the Marines provide a useful daily role whicle at the same time constantly training in the skills of civilian interaction, ship boarding and sea skills they would need if, for any reason New Zealand needed to deploy forces into the Pacific. At least these troops could be relied upon not to be seasick when they arrrived.
 
The other new structure is the biodefence battalion. This may look like a strange assimilation of medical, catering and waste units but these are precisely the combination of skills needed to confront outbreaks of deadly viruses or diseases. Much of the unit is reservist but the idea is if activated the organisation would provide a cadre for responding to serious outbreaks of biological agents or diseases.
 
The ranger, pioneer and Military Police battalions are built around the experience of guerilla and low intensity warfare as this has been the majority of deployments since the Korean War. This involves eye-balling local people and providing palpable security and assistance. The idea is that the NZDF can scale its anticipation of violence to the circumstances and respond accordingly. Thus the rangers are intended to de-escalate violence but still be obviously capable of it, while the MPs are intended to provide a friendly and uncorrupt police presence which will still be able to stand up to any nonsense. The SAS are, of course, for going in and taking out the incorrigible bad guys.


New Zealand Expeditionary Brigade Components

Ranger Battalion (378 Regulars)

 
 
 
The Ranger battalion is one step down from the SAS. It provides for new recruits moving up to the SAS, and SAS wishing to step down from the SAS's high physical demands as they get older. The Rangers are intended to operate in low intensity warfare, guerilla warfare and high intensity warfare environments providing a security umbrella. Personnel operate in small teams but where the SAS are more assault oriented and deep penetration the Rangers are more observation and security  oriented. Their task is that of elite light infantry operating in dispersed units. A high level of mental maturity and confidence are required of Rangers. The Rangers are more militarily oriented than the Military Police but not as deadly as the SAS. The Ranger battalion uses operational vehicles as needed. Rangers are assigned in company-sized units of 132 rotating around the bases.
 
Incorporates elements of:
  • Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
  • Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery
  • Army Intelligence
  • HQ: Burnham
    Full time Operational Companies: Burnham, Linton, Papakura
     
    Rotating roles:
    1 International Observer Ranger Company
    1 Standby Reserve Ranger Company
    1 Training Reserve Ranger Company
    + 1 Reservist Ranger Company (Waiouru)
     
     
    Detailed organisation
     
    Ranger Patrol (6)
    1 NCO
    1 Paramedic
    1 Riflemen
    1 Grenadier
    1 Machine Gunner  (GPMG or FN Minimi)
    1 MG Loader
     
    Ranger Platoon (30)
    4 x Patrols
    1 CO
    1 Comms specialist
    1 Intelligence analyst
    1 Recon pilots ( micro UAV)
    2 Riflemen
     
    Ranger Fire Team (6)
    1 NCO
    1 Heavy Weapon Gunner  (auto G/L, Javelin missiles, 81mm mortar as required)
    3 Loaders
    1 Machine Gunner (FN Minimi)
     
    Ranger HW Platoon (30)
    4 x Ranger Fire Teams
    1 CO
    1 Comms specialist
    2 Recon pilots  ( small UAV)
    2 Riflemen
     
    Intelligence Section (6)
    1 Commander
    1 Intelligence analyst
    2 Signals intelligence specialists
    2 Intelligence linguists
     
    Ranger AA Detachment (18)
    3 Ranger Fire Teams with VLAADS
    Ranger Company (130)
    3 x Ranger Platoons
    1 x Ranger HW Platoon
    1 x Intelligence Section
    1 x Ranger AA detachment
    1 CO
    1 Comms Specialist
    1 Driver
    1 Rifleman
     
      
    HazardRole Vulnerability
    Bollides
    None Very low
    Solar radiation None Low
    Volcano
    Reconnaissance
    Evacuation
    Security

    Ash, poison gases, Tsunami, flying rocks, underwater gas reduces bouyancy

    Earthquake
    Reconnaissance
    USAR
    Security
    Crush injuries
    Tsunami
    Reconnaissance
    Security
    USAR
    Tsunami
    Cyclone/Flood
    Reconnaissance
    Security
    SAR
    Low
    Pandemic
    Reconnaissance
    Security
    Infection
    Agricultural epidemic
    Security
    Infection
    Chemical fire/gas
    None
    Personnel gased
    Chemical/oil spill
    None
    None
    Uncontrolled/Unsustainable fishing
    None
    None
    Piracy
    Land-side reconnaissance
    Land-side combat
    Loss of personnel in combat,
    Maritime Search and Rescue
    None
    None
    Cyberwarfare
    None
    Systems breached
    Terrorism
    Security

    Attack

    State Sabotage/Mining
    Security
     Attack
    State failure
    Reconnaissance
    Security
     Attack
    Low intensity proxy wars
    Reconnaissance
    Security
    Infiltration counter-attacks
     Attack
    Occupation/Guerilla Wars
    Reconnaissance
    Security
    Infiltration counter-attacks
     Attack
    High intensity war
    Infiltration attacks
    Asset Defence

    Attack

    Submarine Sneak Attack
     None
     None
    Antarctic Responsibility 
    SAR

    Loss of personnel in cold

     
     

    Pioneer Battalion (288 Regulars & Trainees 96 Reservists)

     
     
    The Pioneer Battalion falls between engineers and infantry. They are skilled in both construction, deconstruction (destruction) and security. The battalion could be described as a heavily armed construction crew. Its main uses are establishing bases, providing facilities for refugees or after disaster. The pioneers operate in two rotating platoon sized units of 32. Typically one platoon is training and another is reservist. They have their own vehicles.
     
    Incorporates elements of
  • Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
  • Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers
  • Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals
  • Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery
  • HQ Burnham
    Operational Companies (96 regulars and 32 reservists) : Linton, Burnham, Papakura
     
    Detailed organisation
     
    Pioneer Team (8)
    1 NCO
    1 Comms
    1 Qualified Nurse
    1 Electrician
    1 Plumber
    1 Builder
    1 Explosives
    1 Security
     
    Pioneer Platoon (32)
    3 x Pioneer Teams
    1 CO
    1 Comms
    1 Cook
    1 Assistant Cook
    1 Paramedic
    1 Intelligence analyst
    2 Sentries
     
    Pioneer Training Platoon
    1 CO
    3 NCO Military
    3 NCO Construction
    3 NCO Food and Med
    22 Trainees
     
    Pioneer Company (96 + 32)
    2 Rotational Platoons
    1 Training Platoon
    1 Reservist Platoon
     
     
    HazardRole Vulnerability
    Bollides
    Reconstruction Very low
    Solar radiation None Low
    Volcano
    Reconstruction
    Security

    Ash, poison gases, Tsunami, flying rocks,

    Earthquake
    Reconstruction
    USAR
    Security
    Crush injuries
    Tsunami
    Reconstruction
    Security
    USAR
    Tsunami
    Cyclone/Flood
    Reconnaissance
    Security
    SAR
    Low
    Pandemic
    Construction
    Security
    Infection
    Agricultural epidemic
    Construction
    Security
    Infection
    Chemical fire/gas
    Containment
    Personnel gased
    Chemical/oil spill
    Containment
    None
    Uncontrolled/Unsustainable fishing
    None
    None
    Piracy
    None
    None 
    Maritime Search and Rescue
    None
    None
    Cyberwarfare
    None
    Systems breached
    Terrorism
    Demolition

    Attack

    State Sabotage/Mining
    Demining
    Attack
    State failure
    Reconstruction
    Security
    Attack
    Low intensity proxy wars
    Reconstruction
    Security
     
    Attack
    Occupation/Guerilla Wars
    Reconstruction
    Security
    Infiltration counter-attacks
    Attack
    High intensity war
    Defence construction
    Defence breaching
    Mobility enabling

    Attack

    Submarine Sneak Attack
    None
    None
    Antarctic Responsibility
    Construction

    Loss of personnel in cold

     

    Marine Battalion ( 556 + 72 Reservists)

     
     
     
    The Marines are naval infantry. They specialise in sea operations including protecting ships, boarding other ships, and invading islands. Their primary targets are pirates, and assisting fishery protection. They incorporate divers and ship security.  The marines have RHIBS, ships, helicopters and light vehicles. Incorporates:
    • Royal New Zealand Navy
    • Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
    • Naval Diving Support
    • Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery
    • Naval Aviation (Helicopters)
    • 4 Inshore Patrol Vessels
    HQ: Davenport
     
    Northern Company (146 + 24 Reservists)
    Platoons: Whangarei,  Devonport, Onehunga, Tauranga,
    HMNZS Taupo (20 crew)
    Maritime Helicopter Crew x 2

    Central Company (146 + 24 Reservists)
    Platoons: Napier, New Plymouth, Wellington, Nelson
    HMNZS Pukaki (20 crew)
    Maritime Helicopter Crew x 2

    Southern Company (158 + 24 Reservists)
    Platoons: Lyttleton, Invercargill, Chathams, Westport
    HMNZS Hawea (20 crew)
    Maritime Helicopter Crews x 4
     
    International Deployment (Rotated from those above)
    Ship's Patrols: HMNZS Canterbury(2) , Logistics Ship 1 (2), Logistics Ship 2 (2), OPVs (1) x 4
    Ship's helicopters: Maritime Helicopter Crews x3 (rotated) 
     
    Development and Training Company (Devonport) 106
    HMNZS Rotoiti (20)
    Maritime Helicopter Crew (6)
    Naval Diving and Submersibles Unit (30)
    Naval Innovations Unit (30)
    Training Platoon (30)
     
    Detailed organisation
    Marine Patrol (6)
    1 NCO
    1 Comms
    1 Pilot
    1 Paramedic
    2 Marines
     
    Trainee Patrol
    1 NCO Trainer
    1 Training Assistant
    4 Trainee marines
     
    Marine Platoon (24 + 6)
    1 Sea Patrol
    1 Home Patrol
    1 Trainee Patrol
    1 Reservist Patrol
    1 CO
    1 Comms
    2 Administrators
    2 Marine engineers
     
    Training Platoon
    4 x Trainee patrols
    1 CO
    1 Comms
    2 Administrators
    2 Marine engineers
     
    Marine Helicopter Crew (6)
    2 Pilot Officers
    2 Navigator/ lines-men
    1 Air engineer
    1 Rescue swimmer
     
    Fast Cat Crew (6)
    1 Commander
    2 Helmsmen-Navigators (
    1 Engineer-Mariner
    1 Gunner/Armourer-Mariner
    1 Cook-Mariner
     
     
    HazardRole Vulnerability
    Bollides
    None Very low
    Solar radiation None Low
    Volcano
    Evacuation
    Security

    Ash, poison gases, Tsunami, flying rocks,

    Earthquake
    Evacuation
    SAR
    Security
    Crush injuries
    Tsunami
    Reconnaisance
    Security
    SAR
    Tsunami
    Cyclone/Flood
    Reconnaisance
    Security
    SAR
    Low
    Pandemic
    Security
    Infection
    Agricultural epidemic
    Border security
    Infection
    Chemical fire/gas
    SAR
    Personnel gased
    Chemical/oil spill
    Containment
     Poisoning
    Uncontrolled/Unsustainable fishing
    Boarding fishing vessels
    Accident
    Piracy
    Sea combat
    Attack
    Maritime Search and Rescue
    SAR
    Loss
    Cyberwarfare
    None
    Systems breached
    Terrorism
    Marine rescue/diving

    Attack

    State Sabotage/Mining
    Demining
    Attack
    State failure
    Security
    Border control
    Attack
    Low intensity proxy wars
    Border control
    Security
    Attack
    Occupation/Guerilla Wars
    Border control
    Security
    Infiltration counter-attacks
    Attack
    High intensity war
    Island assault
    Defence breaching

    Attack

    Submarine Sneak Attack
     Reconnaisance
     Attack
    Antarctic Responsibility
    Ship security

    Loss of personnel in cold

     

    Military Police Battalion (452 +36 dogs and 116 + 12 Reservists)

     
     
     
     
    The traditional role of the Military Police was to Police the Military. Increasingly Military Police are used to provide police services in unstable nations or regions where local police are unable or unwilling to do their jobs as Police. The Military Police battalion is a security oriented organisation where some level of conflict is present but where the situation has not disintegrated into out-and-out combat. The military police have their own light and heavy vehicles.
    Incorporates:
    • Corps of Royal New Zealand Military Police
    • Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
    • Military Fire Service
    HQ Linton
    Companies: Linton, Trentham, Burnham, Papakura
     
    Detailed organisation
     
    MP Squad (8)
    1 NCO
    1 Comms specialist
    2 Paramedics
    1 Marksman
    3 MPs
     
    K9 Squad (5+ 3)
    1 NCO
    1 Comms Specialist
    3 Dog Handlers
    3 Police Dogs
     
    MP Platoon (29 + 3 dogs)
    2 x MP squads
    1 K9 Squad
    1 CO
    1 Comms specialist
    6 Drivers
     
    MP Fire-fighting Team
    1 NCO
    3 Fire-fighters
     
    MP Fire-fighting Platoon (24)
    3 Operational Fire-fighting Teams
    3 Reservist Fire-fighting teams
     
    MP Company (113 + 9 dogs Regular 29 +3 dogs Reservist)
    1 Deployed Platoon
    1 Home Platoon
    1 Training Platoon
    1 Reservist Platoon
    1 Fire-fighting Platoon
     
    MP Investigations and Intelligence Unit (30)
     
    HazardRole Vulnerability
    Bollides
    None Very low
    Solar radiation None Low
    Volcano
    None

    None

    Earthquake
    Evacuation
    SAR
    Security
    Crush injuries
    Tsunami
    Security
    SAR
    Tsunami
    Cyclone/Flood
    Security
    SAR
    Low
    Pandemic
    Security
    Infection
    Agricultural epidemic
    Security
    Infection
    Chemical fire/gas
    None
    Personnel gased
    Chemical/oil spill
    None
    Poisoning
    Uncontrolled/Unsustainable fishing
    Port law enforcement
    Accident
    Piracy
    Prisoner escort
    Attack
    Maritime Search and Rescue
    None
    None
    Cyberwarfare
    Investigation
    Systems breached
    Terrorism
    Investigation

    Attack

    State Sabotage/Mining
    Investigation
    Attack
    State failure
    Policing
    Security
    Attack
    Low intensity proxy wars
    Policing
    Security
    Attack
    Occupation/Guerilla Wars
    Policing
    Security
    Attack
    High intensity war
    Rear security

    Attack

    Submarine Sneak Attack
     None
     None
    Antarctic Responsibility
    Base Police

    Loss of personnel in cold

     

    Biodefence Battalion (300 + 360 Reservists)

     
     
     
    The focus of this organisation is to provide field health-care, triage and medical evacuation, field food and sanitary facilities, field laundry facilities,  mortuary services, decontamination services and vaccination services. Its main enemies are viruses and bacilli, parasites, toxic agents, and moulds. Its main weapons are pharmaceutical. Units are typically small and work in association with other units. The biosafety battalion have their own vehicles.
    Incorporates:
  • Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps
  • Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps
  • Royal New Zealand Army Dental Corps
  • Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers
  • HQ; Linton
    Companies: Linton, Burnham
     
    Detailed organisation
     
    Delivery Crew (2)
    Driver
    Navigator/radio/security
     
    Delivery Section (6)
    3 Delivery Crews
     
    Orderly Team (6)
    1 Registrar Commander
    5 Orderlies
     
    Field Nursing Team
    1 Nurse commander
    1 Dental nurse
    2 Assistant nurses
    2 Paramedics
     
    Triage Team
    1 Doctor commander
    2 Nurses
    2 Orderlies
    1 Registrar
     
    Surgical Team
    1 Surgeon commander
    1 Surgical assistant
    1 Anaesthetist
    1 Registrar
    2 Nurses
     
    Medical Team
    1 Doctor
    1 Dentist
    1 Pharmacist
    1 Anaesthetist
    1 Nurse
    1 Registrar
     
    Infrastructure Team
    1 Commander
    1 Communications specialist
    1 IT systems specialist
    1 Plumber
    1 Electrician
    1 Builder
     
    Mortuary Team
    1 Pathologist
    1 Assistant pathologist
    3 Orderlies
    1 Registrar
     
    Decontamination Team
    1 Commander
    1 Comms
    4 Decontamination specialists
     
    Storage Team
    1 Commander
    1 IT specialist
    1 Heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration engineer
    3 Storemen
     
    Waste Team
    1 Commander
    1 Comms
    1 Plumber
    1 Heavy digger operator
    2 Assistants
     
    Field Kitchen Team
    1 Chef-nuitritionist commander
    2 Cooks
    1 Kitchen-Technician
    1 Biotechnician
    1 Assistant
     
    BioDefence Company (150 + 180 Reservists )
    HQ (30)
    Delivery Platoon ( 3 Operational 2 Reservist Sections)
    Storage Platoon (3 Operational 2 Reservist Teams)
    Infrastructure Platoon (2 Operational 3 Reservist Teams)
    Kitchen Platoon (3 Operational 2 Reservist Teams)
    Nursing Platoon (3 Operational 2 Reservist Teams)
    Triage Platoon (2 Operational 3 Reservist Teams)
    Medical Platoon (2 Operational 3 Reservist Teams)
    Surgical Platoon (1 Operational 4 Reservist Teams)
    Mortuary Platoon (2 Operational 3 Reservist Teams)
    Waste Platoon (2 Operational 3 Reservist Teams)
    Decontamination Platoon (2 Operational 3 Teams )
     
    HazardRole Vulnerability
    Bollides
    None Very low
    Solar radiation None Low
    Volcano
    Injury treatment
    Mortuary services
    Sewerage systems

    Ash, poison gases, Tsunami, flying rocks,

    Earthquake
    Evacuation
    SAR
    Injury treatment
    Mortuary services
    Sewerage systems
    Crush injuries
    Tsunami
    SAR
    Injury treatment
    Mortuary services
    Sewerage systems
    Tsunami
    Cyclone/Flood
    SAR
    Injury treatment
    Mortuary services
    Sewerage systems
    Low
    Pandemic
    Treatment
    Mortuary services
    Infection
    Agricultural epidemic
    Decontamination
    Infection
    Chemical fire/gas
    Injury treatment
    Personnel gased
    Chemical/oil spill
    Treatment
    Poisoning
    Uncontrolled/Unsustainable fishing
    None
    None
    Piracy
    None
    None
    Maritime Search and Rescue
    None
    None
    Cyberwarfare
    None
    Systems breached
    Terrorism
    Bioterror response
    Treatment
    Mortuary Services

    Attack

    State Sabotage/Mining
    None
    Attack
    State failure
    Injury treatment
    Mortuary services
    Sewerage systems
    Attack
    Low intensity proxy wars
    Injury treatment
    Mortuary services
    Sewerage systems
    Attack
    Occupation/Guerilla Wars
    Injury treatment
    Mortuary services
    Sewerage systems
    Attack
    High intensity war
    Injury treatment
    Mortuary services
    Sewerage systems

    Attack

    Submarine Sneak Attack
     None
     None
    Antarctic Responsibility
    Injury treatment

    Loss of personnel in cold

    Motorised Battalion (468+ 210 Reservists)

     
     
     
    The focus of the motorised battalion is the mobile operation. This means where an operation takes place while moving, for example in a convoy or providing logistics connections between places. It is primarily about moving things or people by land from one place to another safely and efficiently. It also includes the issue of motorised combat, i.e combat between two motorised forces. When not deployed elsewhere it provides internal services to the NZDF.
     
    Incorporates:
    Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps
    Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment
    Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers
    HQ; Trentham
    Motorised Companies (1/3 reservist) : Trentham, Burnham, Devonport ( 144 Trucks, carriers or buses, 24 armed vehicles)
    Mechanised Companies (2/3rds reservist) : Waiouru, Burnham (60 LAVs or armed vehicles)
     
    Detailed organisation
     
    Motorised Crew (2)
    Driver
    Navigator/radio/security
     
    Motorised Section (8)
    4 Motorised Crews
     
    Mechanic Section
    1 CO
    3 Mechanics
    2 Trainee mechanics
     
    Mechanised Crew
    Commander
    Driver
    Gunner
     
    Mechanised Section (12 4 vehicles)
    4 Mechanised Crews
     
    Support Section
    1 CO
    2 Cooks
    1 Trainee Cook
    1 Paramedic
    1 Security
     
    Motorised Platoon (30 crew, 12 vehicles + 2 armed)
    3 Motorised Sections (24 crew, 12 vehicles)
    2 Mechanised Crews (6 crew, 2 armed vehicles)
     
    Mechanised Platoon (30 crew, 10 vehicles)
    2 Mechanised Sections (24 crew, 8 vehicles)
    2 Commander & Escort Crew (6 crew, 2 vehicles)
     
    Support Platoon
    2 Mechanic Sections
    2 Support Sections
    1 Co and driver + vehicle
    4 Mechanic advisors + vehicle
     
    Motorised Company (108 + 30)
    2 Operational Motorised Platoons
    1 Reservist Motorised Platoon
    1 Support Platoon (2 tow, 2 parts, 4 kitchen)
    1 Command Mechanised Section (4 armed escort)
     
    Mechanised Company (72 +60 )
    1 Operational Mechanised Platoons
    2 Reservist Mechanised Platoons
    1 Support Platoon
    1 Command Mechanised Section (4 armed escort)
     
    HazardRole Vulnerability
    Bollides
    None Very low
    Solar radiation None Low
    Volcano
    Transport resources

    Ash, poison gases, Tsunami, flying rocks,

    Earthquake
    Transport resources
    Crush injuries
    Tsunami
    Transport resources
    Tsunami
    Cyclone/Flood
    Transport resources
    Low
    Pandemic
    Transport resources
    Infection
    Agricultural epidemic
    Transport resources
    Infection
    Chemical fire/gas
    Transport resources
    Personnel gased
    Chemical/oil spill
    Transport resources
    Poisoning
    Uncontrolled/Unsustainable fishing
    None
    None
    Piracy
    None
    None
    Maritime Search and Rescue
    None
    None
    Cyberwarfare
    None
    Systems breached
    Terrorism
    Transport resources
    Armoured vehicles

    Attack

    State Sabotage/Mining
    Transport resources
    Armoured vehicles
    Attack
    State failure
    Transport resources
    Armoured vehicles
    Attack
    Low intensity proxy wars
    Transport resources
    Armoured vehicles
    Attack
    Occupation/Guerilla Wars
    Transport resources
    Armoured vehicles
    Attack
    High intensity war
    Transport resources
    Armoured vehicles

    Attack

    Submarine Sneak Attack
    None
    None
    Antarctic Responsibility
    None

    None

     

    Ceremonial Battalion (384 Reservists)

     
     
    All militaries are called upon to carry out ceremonial tasks for state visits, state occasions and traditional events. Rather than burden operational staff with the task of state theatrics the ceremonial battalion is dedicated entirely to the role. Obviously this has no value with regard to any hazards facing New Zealand. The ceremonial battalion is a reservist organisation with staff working in administrative roles when not engaged ceremonially.
    The Ceremonial Battalion also operates NZDF recruitment, museums and ceremonial liaison.
     
    HQ: Wellington
    Reservist Companies: Auckland, Trentham, Burnham
     
    Detailed Organisation
     

    Maori Ceremonial Platoon (32)

    1 CO

    3 NCOs

    28 Soldiers

     

    Brass Band Platoon (32)

    1 CO

    1 Communications specialist

    2 Drivers

    1 Soprano Cornet

    8-10 Cornets in B

    1 Flugelhorn in B

    3 Horns in E

    2 Baritone Horns in B (

    2 Tenor Trombones

    1 Bass Trombone

    2 Euphoniums in B

    4 Tubas (2 in E and 2 in B)

    3 percussion players

     

    Highland Pipes Platoon (32)

    1  Drum Major

    18 Pipers

    6 Side drummers

    4 Tenor drummers

    1 Base drummer

     

    Honour Guard Battery

    1 CO

    3 NCOs

    28 Soldiers

    4 artillery pieces

    1 gun carriage (state funerals)

     

    Ceremonial Company

    1 x Honour Guard Battery

    1 x Maori Ceremonial Platoon

    1 x Brass Band Platoon

    1 x Highland Pipes Platoon