Rotation of New Zealand Defence Force Deployed Forces
Rotation of New Zealand Defence Force Deployed Forces – Cabinet Paper and Minutes
This publication provides documents on the arrangements for the rotation of deployed New Zealand Defence Force personnel.
As part of most deployments the Defence Force employs various measures to enable the sustainment of its forces for the period of a mission’s mandate. This can result in Cabinet-mandated numbers being temporarily exceeded in theatre. These can include:
a command reconnaissance team that precedes the arrival of the main force being rotated into theatre
the full or part replacement of the deployed force
a force extraction team that coordinates the final withdrawal of deployed personnel at the end of a mission.
In March 2012, Cabinet agreed a process for handling situations where Cabinet-mandated personnel numbers are temporarily exceeded in theatre.
In July 2018, Cabinet noted issues identified with the management of rotations. Cabinet also clarified arrangements for the rotation of Defence Force personnel in Afghanistan and the Republic of Korea.
The publication comprises:
the July 2018 Cabinet minute of decision: Rotation of New Zealand Defence Force Deployed Forces [CAB-18-MIN 0346]
the July 2018 Cabinet paper Rotation of New Zealand Defence Force Deployed Forces [CAB-18-SUB-0346]
the previous March 2012 Cabinet minute of decision Sustainment of NZDF Deployed Forces [ERD Min (12) 2/6].
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prejudice the security or defence of New Zealand [section 6(a)]
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