Defence Employer Support Council

Supporting organisations who employ Defence Personnel


The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) employs a range of personnel in part-time positions to support their Regular Force counterparts.  New Zealand’s part-time military are called Reservists, and they maintain study or full-time careers when they are not serving in uniform. 


The Defence Employer Support Council (DESC) works to facilitate good working relationships between Reservists and their civilian employers.  The Council supports Reservists in balancing their civilian and military commitments.  The Council liaises with the Minister on matters related to Reserves and also NZDF youth programmes. 


The Defence Employer Support Council (DESC) is well connected with civilian businesses, organisations and industry, maintaining quality relationships and facilitating strategic partnerships for NZDF personnel and for civilian employers.