It takes all kinds of people to make an Army
There are many different types of people in the Army. Some are communicators, some are leaders. Some like to solve problems. Some work well with their hands.
What all our people have in common is dedication, strength of character and a passion to protect. But don't take our word for it. Check out the real stories of soldiers who serve in the Army, and find out what makes each of them tick.
Christchurch man honours the Queen with new Army family
Soldiering, Caterering and Ceremonies
Gautam was born and grew up in Punjab, India, but has now marched as a New Zealander in the New Zealand Army in London to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne. He did so because of a passion for serving the country and people while adding diversity to the Army and wanting to be a role model for members of ethnic communities.
Otago rugby player revels in the Reserves – the Army Reserves
Army Reserve Infantry
The name Leah Miles is a familiar one in Otago women’s rugby, where she plays for the Otago Spirits women’s rugby team, mixing it with the best players in the country. Originally from Nelson, she works part-time at the University of Otago gym while studying, and additionally serving with the Army Reserve.
Christchurch Officer Cadet takes on pressure from ‘Army fire hose’
Christchurch’s Jasmine Hill opted out of retail management because she wanted a challenge and to develop more skills. She now finds herself “drinking from the firehose” with the New Zealand Army and leading soldiers from two nations in the Fijian jungle.
Father and son deploy together as Reservist Combat Engineers
Army Reservists on deployment
Two soldiers who deployed to Niue recently as part of a New Zealand Army engineer team have more in common than most – they are father and son - John McGrail who is a police officer in civilian life, while Lachie is a third-year building apprentice.
Soldiers gaining experience on large-scale Manawatū roading project
Engineers on the road
NZ Army soldiers are picking up cutting-edge engineering skills normally outside their lane by taking part in the construction of a large-scale roading project in the Manawatū.
Sigourney. Achieving Goals.
Sigourney's dream was to buy her first home by 25. After joining the Army, she achieved that goal by 21. She also found a challenging career with many opportunities, good friends and a work/life balance that lets her enjoy it all.
I always thought I'm not tall enough, I'm not fast enough, I'm not strong enough.
But you never know until you try something.
Kimberley. Gaining a Degree.
Kimberley wanted an alternative to university so she decided to join the Army. She's since received world-class leadership training, and helps shape the leaders of tomorrow. She's also completed a Bachelor of Business, paid for by the Army.
There's always more in you, and the challenges you will face, you won't be facing them alone.
Christian. Finding Purpose.
Christian's life began in Ruatoria, but once he joined the Army he experienced a much wider world. He represented New Zealand at Gallipoli, found his confidence and a genuine sense of purpose. He also feels reconnected with his grandfather who served in the 28th Maori Battalion.
I wanted to see what was beyond Ruatoria. My only real barriers were myself, because everyone else believed in me.