Topic: 6th Hauraki Amalgamation into 3/6 RNZIR

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On 7th December 2012, Lt Col Julian Sewell assumed Command of the new 3/6 RNZIR: formed with the amalgamation of 6 Hau Bn Gp & 3 ANR Bn Gp

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Director Army Reserve Colonel Jon Broadley describes the amalgamation as follows (provided by the 6 Hauraki Association's newsletter (2013 February). 

On 7 December, the Army’s six Territorial Force (TF) RNZIR battalions  amalgamated to form three new battalions, a move that will deliver a more operationally focused and sustainable reserve capability for the Army. This final phase of the TF integration will also see the TF change its name to the Army Reserve. The TF exists to supplement the Regular Force, so it makes sense to have a name that reflects its actual purpose.

There will shortly be new categories of employment introduced across the NZDF as part of the Total Defence Workforce (TDW) approach which will, among other things, make transition between the TF and RF easier and smoother. TDW will mean that Army Reserve personnel can easily and quickly be integrated into an RF unit if that unit requires supplementation for an exercise or deployment and just as easily, and quickly, returned to the Army Reserve as and when required. As TF conduct integrated training and work closely with the RF this will boost reservist skill levels and raise the profile, utility and range of civilian skills within the wider NZDF. This increased awareness should also ensure that if personnel leave the RF, the TF will be something they actively consider transferring too as an extension of the world they already know and operate in.

The intent is to bed in the new structures before the end of the calendar year and then hold a ceremonial event inWellingtonin early 2013 to mark these significant changes. This change is about integrating the TF much more closely with the RF and operationalising the TF so it can play a greater role in achieving NZDF outputs. In recent years, a number of TF units have re-integrated with their RF parent units to create single units with an enhanced cross-section of capability. This re-integration has successfully brought TF personnel alongside their RF counterparts and created strong links which have facilitated integrated training and deployments. The final phase of this integration will see the largest component of the TF, the infantry, integrated much more closely with the RF than they have been.

The regional connections of the TF, embodied through the TF battalions, are important and will be preserved. Each existing TF battalion will merge with the battalion closest to it to form the new Army Reserve battalions; 2/4 RNZIR, 3/6 RNZIR and 5/7 RNZIR. 2/4 RNZIR will be aligned with 2/1 RNZIR, 3/6 RNZIR with QAMR and 5/7 RNZIR with 1 RNZIR.  Some combined training has already begun and as the relationship develops between the units, links will be developed at all levels resulting in a strong synergy between the RF units and the Army Reserve units.

The new TF battalions will remain under the command of TRADOC and retain their HQs and Coy HQs in the regions they operate in. Battalion training will be guided by TRADOC in line with the aligned manoeuvre units, so Territorial’s will be trained to the required standards and specifications demanded by the aligned RF unit. This means that Territorial’s who supplement RF units will be able to join the units quickly and reduce the amount of training required to get them to a capability level required for employment on an exercise or operation.

Each of the new battalions will have three companies, one representing each of the former battalions and a third company of standby reservists. For example 3/6 Battalion will be made up of theAuckland(Countess of Ranfurly’s Own) and Northland Company, Hauraki Company and Standby Company.

Territorial’s who maintain an active engagement with their unit and train regularly will be classed as Ready Reservists. Those who do not train as regularly, or who need to take time out from training for personal or other reasons but do not wish to leave the Army, will be held in the Standby Reserve. More information about the categories is provided in the FAQ below.

This is a significant change for the TF and marks a further step in supporting NZ’s military operations for more than 150 years.

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