Treating illness, injury and other conditions, in camp and overseas missions, you will play a lead role in the health and well-being of soldiers.

  • Service
    Army
  • Specialisation
    Medical and Health
  • Location
    Linton or Burnham
  • Starting Salary
    $47,224
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About the role

The role of the Medical Corps is to look after the health and well-being of soldiers. You will be treating illness, injury, and other medical conditions, in a camp environment and overseas on operational deployments and exercises.

Job on base

As a Medic, you will be trained in emergency care skills, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Out in the field, you will be ensuring a high level of health and hygiene is adhered to in order to prevent illness and injury. This means checking on issues such as sanitary conditions and food preparation to prevent the spread of disease.

Job on deployment

Medics are deployed overseas as required; there are very few exercises or operations where medical personnel are not required, allowing for many overseas opportunities.

You may find yourself working on peace keeping operations, or with units deploying on exercise to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji or Australia. Or even as part of a team instructing First Aid to personnel in Papua New Guinea, Samoa or Tonga.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Job Training

As a Medic, you will learn all that is needed to effectively be able to ensure the health requirements of the New Zealand Army are met. From emergency medicine to sanitation, you will be trained in recognising, minimising and eliminating anything which poses a threat to the safety, health and well being of our soldiers and officers.

Throughout your career you will have continuous opportunities to expand your knowledge and experience, and to remain current as a medical professional. At the moment the Defence Health Directorate is reviewing how medics are to be trained and prepared to meet the operational needs of the Defence Force.

 

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration
  • Army Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness

At the moment the Defence Health Directorate is reviewing how medics are to be trained. Once the trade training pathway is established, you will be provided with academic support and clinical placements, allowing integration of theory and class work with the challenge of real time medical practice and experience.

On completion of formal (tertiary) training you will then graduate as a qualified medic, be posted to your unit and will be eligible to serve overseas.

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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.

$39,837

Recruit

$47,224

starting salary

$102,687

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

Basics
Education
Fitness and Medical
Citizenship
Period of Service
  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade
  • A Class 1 restricted driver's licence is recommended, but is not compulsory

You must have achieved NCEA level 2 with a minimum of 12 credits in level 2 Science.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

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

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

Find out if you’re eligible here.

Once you have completed training you may be required to give a return of service to the NZ Army.

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