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WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES – JOIN THE NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE FORCE
Choose from over 80 trades
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is made up of the Navy, Army and Air Force. Our job roles are known as trades and there are over 80 to choose from. We employ people in a wide range of fields from Combat to IT and Communications, Health, Logistics, Engineering, Hospitality, Workshop (technical) and Management. There is something for almost everyone.
Should you see yourself as a natural leader, you can also apply as an Officer. Officers are our leaders, they’re the ones who can take control of a situation, command people and resources and make decisions under pressure. You can join right away as an Officer.
Skills to set you up for life
We are known for providing world class training and you’ll get to work on high-tech equipment you just won’t find elsewhere. Whatever your trade you will be constantly learning and gaining valuable skills and qualifications that are desired by industry peers. Should you leave, you will be taking with you a wealth of transferable skills and experience.
Get ahead while getting paid
As a recruit you’ll start on approx. $31,000 during your 12-16 weeks initial training. You costs will be minimal as you’ll be provided with food and accommodation during this training period. After you graduate your salary jumps upward of $44,000 and keeps climbing. Some trades earn more than others.
As you up-skill in you’ll be eligible for promotion through the ranks. You’ll also go up a band in salary and unlike other organisations you’ll have visibility up-front of what the salary bands are.
Sound like you?
If you’re smart, active, passionate about making a difference and a good team-player, you could be a good fit for our organisation. We have tools online to help you decide what trade/service we might right for you. You can start with our Career Finder or simply explore our trades to see what might suit you best.
You can join the Navy, Army or Air Force from the age of 17. If you’re not in your final year of high school we recommend you take a look at our Minimum Entry Requirements (MER). This information will show you the minimum academic standards you’ll need to complete to be considered for your trade choice. Each trade has slightly different standards. It may also help inform your decisions around subject choice. View the MER at www.defencecareers.mil.nz/mer
We recommend you actually try to achieve more than the minimum as you will be in competition for others that will have exceeded MER.
Got a taste for it yet? Go to defencecareers.mil.nz to…
• Take our Career Finder to find a trade for you
• Watch our Trade videos
• Take our 6 week Fitness Challenge
• Register for email updates
• Check your eligibility (Minimum Entry Requirements)
• Find out how to apply
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