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NZ Army to more closely align with Australian Army via Plan ANZAC

14th June 2023 - 01:15 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

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Plan ANZAC will see Kiwi soldiers adopt Australian training and doctrine, as they more closely integrate. This photo shows Australian soldiers training in New Zealand. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

The New Zealand Army has decided to closely align itself and cooperate far more closely with its Australian counterpart.

Plan ANZAC, which will more closely connect the New Zealand Army to that of neighbouring Australia, was signed into being on 18 April.

As a small force of currently just 4,268 active-duty and 2,251 reservist personnel, the New Zealand Army must seek savings to maintain its operational capability. Cooperation with the Australian Army is seen as a way of doing that.

Last year, Chief of Army MajGen John Boswell directed that the force realigns with Australian Army doctrine. The New Zealand government also directed the service to cooperate more to ‘improve our ability to conduct combined operations’.

Boswell commented: ‘As close neighbours

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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