Working closely with elements from the NZSAS, you will provide the Counter Terrorist capability for the NZ Defence Force.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
  • Starting Salary
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About the role

Commandos provide the Counter Terrorist capability for the New Zealand Defence Force, in conjunction with elements from the NZSAS. Military personnel from either the regular or reserve component of the NZ Defence Force can apply to join the Commandos.

You will require a high standard of fitness, motivation and be able to operate effectively in small teams.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.




Starting Salary


Higher Rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental

Access to subsidised equipment on base

Subsidised food on base

Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements


Fitness and Medical


Period of Service

As this is an internally recruited position, you'd need to have served as a Regular Force Soldier in the NZ Army for at least a year before being considered.

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.


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