Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals
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|Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals|
|Active||1 June 1921 – Present|
|Allegiance||HM The Queen|
|March||Begone Dull Care|
|Colonel-in-Chief||HRH The Princess Royal|
The role of RNZSigs is "To support other Arms by providing Communication Information System required for Command and Control of Units, Formations and Administrative installations in a theater of Operations and in the New Zealand support area."
Modern signal equipment is essential to the army, demanding skilled operators and technicians. Because communications must be maintained even under the worst of conditions, signallers must be expert tradespeople. They must also accept a high degree of personal responsibility because the lives of soldiers can often rely on the fast and accurate transmission of battlefield information.
The Corps comprises systems engineers who configure and implement networks, information systems operators who maintain and operate networks, and communication system operators who operate all sorts of communications equipment and process signals traffic over voice and data circuits.
The Corps consist of three regular squadrons. The first is the 2 Signal Squadron in Linton, which includes 3 troops, Headquarters, and a Q-Store made up of Regular Force personnel. The second one is the 3 Signals Squadron Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals in Burnham and the third is 4 Signal Squadron.
There is also an Army Reserve signal squadron, known as 1 Signal Squadron. Based in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch. The Squadron consists of 3 troops and is made up of Army Reserve personnel from throughout the North and South Island. This squadron doesn't compromise any HQ element, but relies on its counterpart regular force 2 Signal Squadron to act as Headquarters element & Q-Store. One of the major roles 1 Signal Squadron carries out is to support the regular force positions and military operations throughout the world.
The corps school is known as the School of Signals and is located at Linton Military Camp. Where both the Regular Force and Army Reserve personnel attend to get qualified as a Royal New Zealand Signaller.
- Laurie Barber & Cliff Lord, Swift and Sure: A History of the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals and Army Signalling in New Zealand. An official history, 1996
- New Zealand Army, Communications Systems Operator, accessed May 2010