FAQs

When making such a big decision, like choosing the career path you want to take, there are always lots of questions you will have. Listed here are some of the most frequently asked ones - you can also filter them by category. 
 

If these don’t answer your query then give us a call on 0800 1 FORCE and we will be happy to help.
 

Will you review my previous military file?

Yes, both the Recruiter and the Career Manager will review your file to assess your suitability for re-enlistment.  If it is decided that you are not suitable for re-enlistment you will be given the reason for this.

Have I been out of the NZDF for too long to re-enlist?

We assess each application for re-enlistment on a variety of factors and this includes how long you served previously, how long you have been out, and what you have been doing since you left, to help us decide if your skill fade is too high.

Do I have to go through the whole application process again of aptitude tests, fitness tests, etc?

If you’re applying for your previous trade you won’t have to re-sit your aptitude tests, but you may need to if you’re applying for something different. You will need to pass an RFL before re-enlisting in the Army, and the Navy and RNZAF will require you to pass their fitness tests shortly after you’re back in uniform (usually on the day of enlistment for Navy and within three months of enlistment for RNZAF).

Will you take into consideration extra skills I have gained since leaving the NZDF?

If your skills are relevant to your trade then this will be considered on a case by case basis.

Will you take into consideration extra skills I have gained since leaving the NZDF?

If your skills are relevant to your trade then this will be considered on a case by case basis.

How long does the medical clearance take?

This will vary depending on how long you have been out of the NZDF and whether you have had any medical treatment since leaving.  We may require additional information from your civilian GP and the sooner you provide this the sooner our military doctors can review your medical file.  A decision on medical clearance is usually made within a week as long as we have all the information we need from you.

How long does the Police check take?

It can take up to 30 days.  If you have lived overseas for longer than six months since you left the NZDF you will need to provide a Police check from that country and we can guide you on how to do that.

How I do apply to re-enlist?

Please click on the Apply Now button.  You need to register to create an account and you can then start your application.  Click ‘yes’ to NZ Military Experience and we’ll ask you for a couple of easy details, such as your Service number, and your application will then be ready to submit.

What ranks and trades are you currently accepting re-enlistment applications for?

We accept re-enlistment applications for all ranks and trades, although the available positions will vary from time to time.  We’re always keen to re-enlist good people.

What ranks and trades are you currently accepting re-enlistment applications for?

We accept re-enlistment applications for all ranks and trades, although the available positions will vary from time to time.  We’re always keen to re-enlist good people.

How long does it take to re-enlist?

Each individual is different and there are a number of tasks that need to be completed before you re-enlist (military file check, Police, Medical, etc).  Some people are back in within a month, and others can take up to six months.  You will have responsibility for completing parts of the process and the faster you do these, the faster your application will progress.

How long will it take to hear back once I have applied?

Once your application has been received it will be allocated to one of the re-enlistment Candidate Coordinators who will send you an email within 24 working hours with the next steps.

I’m currently serving but I want to Service Transfer or Trade Change. Do I apply via this site?

If you are a currently serving member, either Regular or Reserves, you need to apply via your unit chain of command.

What is a Candidate Coordinator?

They are a civilian member of the NZDF who works alongside the military recruiting personnel to help keep your application moving along. 

They will keep you updated on the status of your application and they will ask you to complete certain tasks at different points in the process.  They are your first port of call with any questions, and you will always have access to a military recruiter if you need it.

I applied previously to re-enlist but then I decided to put my application on hold. How do I get it activated again?

Either call 0800 1 FORCE (0800 136 723) and let them know you want to re-open your application, or fill out the Contact Form on this website and let us know that way.

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