Focus on the Land
Places available as paid soldiers in the territorials
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
YOU bring it . . . we’ll bring it out, says the New Zealand Army recruitment TV ad.
Now Gisborne’s territorial force unit is offering an opportunity for 10 Gisborne people to find the best in themselves . . . and be paid for it.
“You also get to do some cool stuff and you can get to see places overseas that tourists would never get to see,” says Sergeant Murray Macauley.
Recruits can look forward to one training weekend a month, for which they will be paid $500 to $600. Every three to four months, they will go to Waiouru military camp for training, which includes live-firing practice.
“Work starts in November and runs through to December for four full-time weeks in Waiouru. Summer is always the best time to go there.
“You get two weeks off over Christmas and New Year. We start back to complete 10 to 21 days training from January 4.
“Recruits don’t need to know anything about the military. We’ll teach them everything they need to know. They just need to be motivated.
“You get paid, including travel, a bit of new gear and there are opportunities to obtain various licences and NZQA credits.”
Places are available to men and women aged between 17 and 45. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents with a minimum of five years residence in New Zealand. They must be healthy, fit and have no criminal convictions.
“The standard running fitness test is 2.4km under 10m 30s for males less than 20. Women and older males get more time to complete the run.
“Applicants also need to be able to do 30 press-ups and 76 to 80 curls.”
Sergeant Macauley says employed people are preferred.
“But we’ll consider everybody. If you’re unemployed, we’ll look at making you more employable.
“There’s an opportunity to work with regular forces and even be deployed overseas. It’s all paid for and you’re treated like regular troops.”
The territorial force is a long- established reserve component of the New Zealand Army. Now known as the army reserve, troops often support the armed forces’ operational deployments and are active in civil emergencies.
“They were among the first to go down to Hawke’s Bay to assist during the floods. The guys also went to Tauranga to help with the Rena disaster.”
The Gisborne unit wants to employ at least 10 people before the end of August. If interested, call 867 2331 or visit the office at 341 Palmerston Road.
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