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.
 

My application to join the NZDF has been declined on medical grounds, but I don’t agree with the decision. What can I do?

You can apply for the decision to decline your application to be reconsidered at both the Initial Health or Full Medical stage of the process.  The reconsideration process involves a Senior Military Doctor looking at your application and any medical information already provided, and ensuring that the decision to decline was correct and in line with correct policy.

How long do I have to apply for my reconsideration?

You must apply within 4 weeks of receiving advice that your application was declined.

How do I apply for reconsideration?

Request the application for reconsideration of a decision to decline from your Candidate Co-ordinator, complete and send it along with any supporting documentation to the address on the form.

Do I need to provide any information with my application?

Yes, you need to provide as much relevant information as you can to enable the Senior Military Doctor to make an informed decision on your situation. 

Sometimes you may need to get further information from your own GP or a Specialist. This is at your cost.

This may include a GP or Specialist report with full details, dates, outcome and ongoing management on any condition you may have.

How long will it take for a decision to be made?

We will assess your application and make a decision within 4 weeks.  You will be notified of this decision by your Candidate Co-ordinator.

My application to join the NZDF was declined. I applied to have the decision reconsidered, and it was declined again. I still don’t agree and want to take things further. What can I do?

You can apply for the decision to decline your application to be reviewed. The review process involves several senior military doctors reviewing your application to join the NZDF along with your supporting medical information, discussing your case and reaching a decision on your suitability for service.

If you want to apply for review, you must apply within 4 weeks of receiving advice that your application was declined.

Please note: You cannot apply for Review unless you have already gone through the Reconsideration process and been declined.

How do I apply for my review?

Request the application for review of a decision to decline from your Candidate Co-ordinator, complete and send it along with your supporting documentation to the address on the form.

Please note: You cannot apply for Review unless you have already gone through the Reconsideration process and been declined.