Recruitment process

Register online 

Register for your personal login to our portal where you can manage your application and complete all required forms

Complete your Application

Because you are already known to the NZDF your online application is shorter than if you are applying for the first time.  Please ensure you upload a CV.  Once you have applied you will be assigned a dedicated uniformed Recruiter and civilian Candidate Coordinator who will guide you through the remainder of the recruitment process. There will be a wait while the Recruiter assesses your file to proceed, including your prior service record.

Complete Initial Check Questionnaires

If you’re assessed as suitable for re-enlistment you will need to complete an online initial health check and Police check. Links to these will be on your defence careers portal, and you will be notified by email.

Complete Full Medical and Security Vetting

Your own situation will dictate whether you will need to complete a full medical. The length of time you have been out is a large factor. If it is required, you will be sent a list of doctors, by location, who can carry out the full medical. This is conducted at our expense. You may also have to complete a full security clearance application depending on where you have been living and working and how long since you left the NZDF.

Offer of Service

If you meet the criteria you will be made an Offer of Service that will include your rank, seniority, posting location and your total remuneration package. More information on our latest remuneration packages can be found here.


You will report to your unit on your enlistment date and get sized for your uniform and get started in the job.  All RNZN personnel will conduct a fitness test on the day of their re-enlistment, RNZAF personnel must pass a fitness test within three months, and NZArmy personnel within six months, of re-enlistment.