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The New Zealand Army (Māori: Ngāti Tumatauenga, "Tribe of the God of war"), is the land component of the New Zealand Defence Force and comprises around 16,400 Regular Force personnel, 10,100 Reserve Force personnel and 4,200 civilians. Formerly the New Zealand Military Forces, the current name was adopted around 1946. The New Zealand Army traces its history from settler militia raised in 1845.

New Zealand soldiers served with distinction in the major conflicts in the 20th Century, including South Africa 1899–1902, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, Borneo Confrontation and the Vietnam War. Since the 1970s, deployments have tended to be assistance to multilateral peacekeeping efforts. Considering the small size of the force, operational commitments have remained high since the start of the East Timor deployment in 1999. New Zealand personnel also served in the First Gulf War, Iraq and are currently serving in Afghanistan and several UN and other peacekeeping missions. They have just been withdrawn from East Timor and RAMSI in the Solomons.


Structure of the New Zealand Army[edit]

Statistics[edit]

  • Active Duty Personnel: 16,400
  • Reserve Personnel: 10,100
  • Civilians: 4,200

Order of Battle[edit]

According to an organisation chart and map published in the New Zealand Army's newspaper Army News and subsequent reportage, the Army's order of battle is as follows:

Headquarters Deployable Joint Task Force-Land (HQ DJTF-L) was formed by redesignating the headquarters of the 3rd Land Force Group. It is expected that this headquarters will move to Manawatu after December 2012. The 1st Brigade was formed on 13 December 2011 by amalgamating the units of the 2nd Land Force Group and 3rd Land Force Group. It is effectively a 'shopping basket' of units which can be raised in readiness preparatory to an operational deployment, and does not appear to have any operational deployment role.


  • Army General Staff
    • Land Component Commander, HQ Joint Forces New Zealand (Seddul Bahr Road, Trentham)
      • 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment (Papakura Military Camp)
        • A SAS Squadron
        • B SAS Squadron
        • NZ Commando Squadron (D Squadron) - designated the Counter Terrorist Tactical Assault Group until 2009.
        • NZ Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron (E Squadron)
        • Support Squadron
      • Headquarters, Deployable Joint Task Force (Land) (Burnham Camp)
        • New Zealand Collective Training Centre (Linton Military Camp)
      • 1st (New Zealand) Brigade
        • Headquarters, 1st Brigade (Linton Military Camp)
        • 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Linton Military Camp)
          • Alpha Company
          • Victory Company
          • Support Company
          • Combat Service Support Squadron
        • 2/1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Burnham Military Camp)
          • Alpha Company
          • Bravo Company
          • Delta Company
          • Support Company
          • Combat Service Support Company
          • Depot Company
        • Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifles (Linton Military Camp)
          • Wellington East Coast Squadron
          • NZ Scots Squadron
          • Waikato Mounted Rifles Squadron
          • Support Squadron
        • 16th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery (Linton Military Camp)
          • 161 Battery
          • 163 Battery
          • 11/4 Battery
        • 2nd Engineer Regiment (Linton Military Camp)
          • 1st Field Squadron
          • 2nd Field Squadron
          • 3rd Field Squadron
          • 25 Engineer Support Squadron
          • Emergency Response Squadron
        • 1st New Zealand Signal Regiment (Linton Military Camp)
          • 1st (New Zealand) Intelligence Company
          • 2nd Signal Squadron
          • 3rd Signal Squadron (Electronic Warfare)
          • 4th Signal Squadron
          • 25 Cypher Section
        • 2nd Combat Service Support Battalion (Linton Military Camp)
          • 10th Transport Company
          • 21st Supply Company
          • 2nd Workshop Company
          • 5th Movements Company
          • Combat Service Support Company (North)
        • 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion (Burnham Military Camp)
          • 3rd Transport Company
          • 3rd Catering & Supply Company
          • 3rd Workshop Company
        • 2nd Health Services Battalion (New Zealand) (Linton Military Camp)
          • 1st Health Support Company
          • 2nd Health Support Company
          • 3rd Health Support Company
          • 4th Health Support Company
          • General Support Health Company
          • Logistics Company
        • 1st (New Zealand) Military Police Company (Trentham Military Camp)
        • Linton Regional Support Centre (Linton Military Camp)
      • Training and Doctrine Command
        • Headquarters, Training and Doctrine Command (Waiouru Military Camp)
        • Land Operations Training Centre (Linton Military Camp)
          • Tactical School
          • School of Artillery
          • School of Military Engineering
          • School of Signals
          • Mission Command Training School
          • Combat School
          • School of Military Intelligence & Security
          • Logistics Operations School
          • Trade Training School
        • The Army Depot (Waiouru Military Camp)
        • Waiouru Military Training Facility (Waiouru Military Camp)
        • Army Command School (Waiouru Military Camp)
          • Officer Cadet School (New Zealand)
          • Non Commissioned Officer & Warrant Officer Development Wing
          • Army Leadership Centre
        • 2/4th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
          • Canterbury Nelson Marlborough and West Coast Company
          • Otago Southland Company
          • Standby Company
        • 3/6th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
          • Auckland (Countess of Ranfurly’s Own) and Northland Company
          • Hauraki Company
          • Standby Company
        • 5/7th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
          • Wellington, West Coast and Taranaki Company
          • Wellington (City of Wellington’s Own) and Hawke’s Bay Company
          • Standby Company

In addition, Logistics Command (Land), which is headquartered at Trentham Military Camp, reports to the Defence Logistics Command. Logistics Command (Land)'s sub units are the Wellington Regional Support Centre (located at Trentham Military Camp) and the Southern Regional Support Centre (located at Burnham Military Camp).

Equipment of the New Zealand Army[edit]

  • Armoured Vehicles
    • 48 x K2 Black Panther (Main Battle Tank)
    • NZ LAV x 165
      • Infantry Mobility Vehicle x 115
      • Light Obstacle Blade Vehicle x 27
      • Recovery Vehicle x 23
  • Light Operational Vehicles
    • Pinzgauer High Mobility All-Terrain Vehicle x 352 (248 non-armoured/60 armoured)
      • Command and control variants x 145 (122 non-armoured/23 armoured)
      • Crew served weapon carrier variants (68 non-armoured/37 armoured)
      • general service variants x 95
      • Shelter carrier variants x 15
      • Ambulance variants x 8
      • Special operations x 13
  • Support Vehicles
    • U1700 Unimog trucks
  • Fire Support/Artillery
    • L16A2 81mm mortar x 50
    • L119 105mm light gun x 24
  • Missile/Rocket Systems
    • M72 Light Anti-Armour Weapon
    • 42 x 84 mm Carl Gustav recoilless rifle M3 Man-portable Light Anti-armour Weapon
    • 24 x Javelin Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launchers, 120 missiles
    • 12 x Mistral Very Low Level Air Defence Weapon
  • Weapons
    • Rifle 5.56mm IW Steyr
    • SIG P226 9 mm Pistol
    • M203 grenade launcher
    • C9 Minimi 5.56mm Light Machine Gun
    • Minimi 7.62 TR Minimi chambered in 7.62mm to replace the C9 light machine gun
    • FN MAG 58 7.62 mm GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) to replace the older L7A2 British version
    • Benelli M3 12 gauge Shotgun
    • M2 machine gun .50 Calibre Heavy Machine Gun
    • L96 Sniper Rifle
    • LMT 308 MWS
    • Artic Warfare AW50 12.7mm Anti Materiel/ sniper rifle
    • L1A1 Self-loading rifle (in storage)
    • Heckler & Koch GMG 40mm automatic grenade launcher
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