Life in the NZDF

Work-life balance

Getting the balance right

We know that achieving a balance between your career and your personal life is very important. Everything is in place in the Defence Force for you to achieve this balance.

Of course in the Defence Force – when we’re called upon to respond to emergency situations, or we’re on an overseas mission – normal working hours may not always be possible. But generally speaking, you’ll work similar hours to your civilian counterparts.

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Downtime

Downtime can be spent however you wish. You might want to socialise on base with mates, read a book, watch a film, play a game or get stuck into your favourite sport. We give you the opportunity to play almost any sport you can think of. The same goes for hobbies. You might just want to get away from the camp or base and see the folks back home, or into one of the big cities for a night out.

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Holidays

We encourage our people to enjoy their holiday time however they like. There's a generous annual holiday allowance for all our personnel. You can visit friends and family, see the world, pursue a hobby, or just sit back and relax. 

Family life

If you start a family, there’s additional leave available to allow you to get to grips with becoming a parent. This is an important time in your life and we recognise that. Many of our personnel are married, and many have kids too. Just because you're in the Defence Force doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy family life like everyone else.

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Match your passion to your career

Use this handy Passion Finder tool to see which careers could be perfect for you.

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