Force Protection

Group: Airman/Airwoman
Job Availability: Full Time

The Role

As a member of our Force Protection staff, you’ll help protect Air Force assets during peacetime and on operations. On base, you’ll be responsible for providing and assisting with routine security patrols. During operational deployments your responsibilities will involve providing ground defence and physical security for Air Force sites, aircraft and personnel, including incident response.

Some Force Protection personnel will also receive training as dog handlers to work with military working dogs.

All Force Protection personnel receive training as investigators and fulfil a number of Service police functions. You may also be involved with the general military training of recruits and Officers, and instructing and providing advice on drill and ceremonial matters for the Air Force.

Pay & Benefit Details

Careers in the Air Force are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.

While undertaking initial Recruit Course you will be paid as a Recruit (see attached pay table). On completion of  your Recruit Course you will be paid as an Aircraftsman and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.

General Requirements

  • You must be 17 years or older.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.
  • Restricted Class 1 Manual Licence essential, Full Class 1 preferred.

Educational Requirements

You must have achieved the NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

Fitness Requirements

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.


Basic Training

Upon successful enlistment into the Air Force you’ll be posted to RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim).

Here you’ll do 12 weeks of basic military training to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be in the Air force, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration
  • RNZAF Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid, and Search and Rescue Techniques
  • Physical Fitness

Job Training

After 12 weeks basic military training, you’ll attend a 15-week Air Security Course followed by two years’ on-the-job training. During this time, you’ll complete light and heavy 4WD driving courses.

Advanced Trade Training includes modules covering advanced ground defence procedures, a basic service police course and a basic physical training instructor's course. Over the next three years you will undertake additional advanced training courses which are specific to your area of specialisation.