As a Radiographer in the New Zealand Army you will function and interface with multidisciplinary medical personnel in both civilian base hospital and military field hospital environments.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Medical and Health
  • Location
  • Starting Salary
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About the role

As a Radiographer in the New Zealand Army you will function and interface with multidisciplinary medical personnel in both civilian base hospital and military field hospital environments.

You will work as part of the Army Role 2 Enhanced (R2E) functioning and interacting with a small, multi skilled, emergency focused team specifically prepared to work in mobile tented surgical scenarios or on board the new surgical facility on HMNZS CANTERBURY, often in austere and hostile environments, under military operational conditions.

The Army primarily only requires plain film diagnostic imaging. However, the Army will from time to time require advice on other Radiographic specialties, and will make provision for Radiographers to remain proficient in their primary role as well as other Radiographic specialties by allowing training time in civilian hospitals.

Job on base

As an Officer within the medical environment you will not only be responsible for the provision of operational medical imaging but also contributing to:

  • Maintain the equipment in a fashion that allows for its deployment within the units response times, maintaining the equipment while on deployment and ensuring refurbishment of equipment on return.
  • Ensuring a detailed quality assurance/control system is implemented and followed.
  • Maintaining effective communication with key internal and external NZ Army Staff.

Job on deployment

On deployment you will be responsible to provide diagnostic imaging both plain films and ultrasound to all areas of the R2E such as Resus, the Operating Theatre, Intensive Care Unit and all wards. The R2E deploys with only two radiographers so as such you will be on call 24 hours a day.

Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Ongoing Training
Specialist Training

As a Radiographer Officer in the NZ Army, you will be able to take your existing skills to the next level. The comprehensive training you will receive as an Officer will allow you to lead teams of people, in all kinds of situations.

Once you have accepted an Offer of Service you will be given the opportunity to attend the seven week Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC) held at Woodbourne base in January each year.

This is the NZDF officer basic training course for all potential Officers which covers:

  • Drill and barrack routine
  • Weapons training
  • Living in the field environment
  • Leadership
  • Navigation
  • Communications training

On going clinical training will be conducted at Palmerston North and Wellington Hospital in order to maintain your Annual Practicing Certificate (APC).

You will be trained on all diagnostic imaging equipment that is currently used with the NZ Army.

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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.


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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
  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.

You are required to be currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Imaging Technologist Board and be in possession of annual practicing certificate.

You must hold a current resuscitation qualification, as per New Zealand Resuscitation Council guidelines. This will be at a minimum standard of level 5.

Ideally you will have two years post graduate experience with a trauma focus.

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

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required SV 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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