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New Zealand Military Academy

Creating a military State-Owned Enterprise

The academy is the training and development arm of the NZDF for initial recruits until they are ready to join operational units.  Like the US Marine Corps all defence personnel do year-one induction training.

The objective of separating out the training component is to allow it to operate in a more entrepreneurial manner. Military training is highly valued. Creating an organisation dedicated to induction (as opposed to operational organic training) would allow it to interface with the rest of the tertiary education industry.

Induction Training Battalion
The induction training battalion takes new recruits of all kinds through a two-year training course before they join the training platoons of operational units. Training is intensive and very thorough.
The bulk of the strength of the battalion is trainees.
HQ: Split Linton and Burnham
  • Training Battalion Support Company
  • Facilities Management
  • Quartermaster and Armoury
  • Vehicle Depot
  • Medical and Fitness
Basic Training Company
18 Instructor NCOs and Officers
120 Year one Recruits
  • - Survival and Physical Training
  • - Weapons Training
  • - Infantry Training
  • - Military Systems Training
Motorised Training Company
12 Instructor NCOs and Officers
84 Year one Recruits
  • - Driver training
  • - Formation driving
  • - Heavy and Tracked vehicle driving
Second year induction training is limited to non-ceremonial NZDF units
Security Training Company
12 Instructor NCOs and Officers
84 Year two Recruits.
Security Company
  • - Sentry training
  • - Riot training
  • - Civilian relations training
  • - Search and interrogation training
  • - Dogs and animals training
Specialised Training Company
32 Instructor NCOs and Officers
48 Year two volunteers for SAS, Rangers or Marines
  • Gunnery and advanced weapons
  • Helicopter and Parachute training
  • Boat and amphibious training
  •  Scenario training
  • Combat driving
After induction training all personnel are trained in training units attached to operational units.
Aviation Training Wing
The current training units are
  • 42 Squadron
  • Pilot Training Centre
  • Central Flying School
  • Aircrew Training Centre
  • Ground Crew Trainging Centre
These would be expanded.
42 Squadron
Would become an ancillary operational training squadron. That is to say it would carry out operations as part of its training, replacing the B200 BeechKing Airtrainers with a range of aircraft.
These would include: Medical evacuation both in New Zealand (eg from NZDF exercises) and internationally (e.g when medical teams are dispatched in response to foreign disasters).
The squadron would also provide parachute and paradrop training, SAR and manned fisheries patrol where the drones are not suitable.
 1 long-range VIP/air-ambulance training jets (based on the Embraer E-190) estimated cost US$40m (selected for parts similarity with EC-390) 2 MPA/paradrop/navigation training transport turboprop (CASA 235 ) estimated cost US$20m (selected as best fit) 2 very light MPA/VIP training jets (e.g Embraer Phenom 300 or Hawker 200) estimated cost US$15m ( selected assuming deal with Beechcraft or Embraer) Estimated operating cost per hour US$500 (including flight staff, fuel, maintenance, depreciation etc)
2 multi-engine navigation training VIP/air-ambulance turboprops (Beechcraft 1900D) estimated cost (selected for compatibility with civilian airliner)Estimated operating cost per hour US$500 (including flight staff, fuel, maintenance, depreciation etc).
 Estimated total cost: US$90-100m with life to 2040-50
The objective is to provide a scaleable pilot training system while at the same time providing lower cost options for air operations than those of no 5 squadron and no 45 squadron
Obviously the squadron would also operate the simulators.
The MPA element of the aircraft would be limited to a basic Synthetic Aperture Radar sea surface search radar and Forward-Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) thermal optical imaging systems.
This would have one workstation. The MPA aircraft would additionally have two hardpoints for optional 12.7mm HMG gun pods.
VIP seating on the aircraft would be limited to: Beechcraft (8); Light Jet (4), E-190 (40). The E-190 would also have a communications centre.
The air ambulance would be 2 stretcherbeds on the 1900D and six on the E-190 with a medical bay.
A new
45 squadron
would be formed as a new training squadron for the
A109 helicopters, and
Programmable simulators
The Pilot Training Centre and Central Flying School would continue under current arrangements with the C-4s

New Zealand Command and Staff College
The command and staff college is an expansion on the existing organisation. It includes the elements of the defence force which design and adjudicate exercices.
The objective of the staff college is to create a body of management knowledge at tactical, mission and operational levels. To test, refine and explore international best practice.

Naval Training College
The Naval Training College operates across both the Marines and Strategic Operations. Their purpose is to provide training support for mariners and officers. No special vessels are provided for this as the operational vessels range from small power boats up to sizeable patrol craft to large ships. All of these units have a training contingent.