Our Structure

The NZ Army operates under an Order Of Battle (ORBAT). The Regular Force make up the majority of our numbers and the Army Reserves continue the tradition of part-time soldiering, having the best of both worlds enjoying both a military and civilian career.

Our civilian staff support the NZ Army at all levels, often bringing specialist expertise and performing a wide range of functions to enhance overall defence capabilities.


New Zealand Army Order of Battle (ORBAT)

The following map shows the NZ Army chain of command. Note this is only available in PDF.

NZ Army Order of Battle as of 1 June 2019


New Zealand Army Organisation Map

The following map shows elements that are not directly under the control of the Chief of Army, but which contain NZ Army personnel, and support the Army Land Capability.

New Zealand Army Organisation map as of 1 September 2019


Army General Staff

Army General Staff (Army GS) provides support to the Chief of Army (CA) to raise, train and sustain the NZ Army. The Army GS purpose is to:

  • Command, lead and manage Army personnel
  • Develop, implement and monitor strategy
  • Manage the effort required from Defence Human Resources, Capability Branch, Strategic Commitments and Engagement, Defence Logistics Command, NZDF Shared Services and Contracted Services to deliver against Army's strategy
  • Manage resources allocated to Army efficiently and effectively, and
  • Foster culture based on Army's ethos and values which are; Courage, Commitment, Comradeship and Integrity.

1st (New Zealand) Brigade

1 (NZ) Brigade provide combat ready land forces to successfully deliver against contingencies to secure and defend New Zealand's interests. HQ 1 (NZ) Brigade commands the NZ Army Regular Force and Reserve Infantry Units (less special forces) and prepares them for operations.

Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)

HQ TRADOC (NZ) is responsible for land-specific doctrine, the mid and long-lessons-learned loops, the delivery of Army’s individual training and directed training evaluation.

This page was last amended on 08 August 2019