DESC provides support for Defence People in civilian employment. It also educates employers about the benefits of having their employees train in the military, and supports strategic partnerships between organisations and the NZDF.
Although legislation is already provided for reservists to train without risking loss of employment, DESC interacts with employers in order to address any concerns.
The DESC Secretariat is part of the NZDF and acts as a vital link between the NZDF and DESC members. Its role is to:
implement initiatives on behalf of DESC
- provide military input and advice to DESC
- provide advice to employers regarding their rights and obligations
- advise reserve force personnel on their rights and obligations
- co-ordinate events and communications on behalf of the DESC
The Secretariat consists of a small dedicated team focusing on public affairs, policy advice, and administration.