Army Reserve Overseas
"When deployed on overseas operations, the Army Reserves are far more than just soldiers; they are symbols of New Zealand’s generous spirit and commitment to global peace in uncertain times."
Brigadier Ants Howie
Director Army Reserve
New Zealand's commitment to a rules based international order has necessitated the heavy commitment of the Regular Force to continuous operations worldwide. This background has seen the need for the augmentation of Regular Force deployments by the Army Reserve.
Are Reserve Soldiers up to the job?
Absolutely. Army Reserve soldiers possess a unique blend of both civilian and military skills which allow them to operate effectively on overseas missions which require a complex balancing act between security, humanitarian assistance and infrastructure rebuilding tasks.
Army Reserve soldiers undertake the same period of intensive training as their Regular counterparts before deploying overseas. This is known as Pre-Deployment Training and is designed to equip soldiers with the skills to operate in a specific area, be that the mountains of Afghanistan, the Egyptian Desert or the Pacific.
Where does the Army Reserve Deploy?
Army Reserve Soldiers currently deploy the Solomon Island and East Timor, where they provide Infantry forces for Security Tasks. Specialist Army Reservists such as Doctors, Nurses and Engineering Officers, are deployed to places like Afghanistan and Lebanon, while Staff Officers and Vehicle Drivers serve with the United Nations Multi-national Observer Force in the Sinai.