Maintaining your identity

Being in the Defence Force doesn’t mean you have to change who you are. We embrace people of all backgrounds with all types of personalities. In fact, because we offer so many different roles we actively seek a broad range of people. You won’t be treated as a number. Although discipline and drills are an important part of how we do business, you are still required to think for yourself and make good decisions. 

Importantly, working with the guys doesn’t make you one. You don’t need to lose your femininity or act a certain way to be accepted. We have women in roles across all parts of the Defence Force, so you won’t be alone. And of course you’ll have the same protection that NZ Law provides all sectors of NZ society when it comes to equitable and fair treatment. The Defence Force is very serious about treating every individual fairly and with respect.