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Do I have to wear my uniform if I go to university?
Depending on which scheme you are studying under, if you are an enlisted Regular Force Member of the NZDF you may be required to wear uniform when attending lectures, tutorials and other formal occasions like graduation.
At any point in your career, if you are attending workshops, courses or lectures in a professional capacity then you will most likely be expected to wear uniform, but this will be up to command or personal discretion.
What skills and qualifications will I gain from my training that are useful in the civilian world?
Regardless of your trade and service, you will gain valuable skills and experience that are desired by civilian employers. For some technical trades, you will gain qualifications that are widely recognised in New Zealand and around the word.
Can I transfer between Reserve Forces and Regular Forces?
The opportunity for transfer exists. However, approval is dependent on a number of factors including demand for your trade in the regular force.
As a reservist, is my employment protected by law?
Yes, the Volunteers Employment Protection Act 1973 allows Reserve Forces personnel to perform their military duties without risking their normal employment and entitlements.
Does my employer have to pay me while I’m on Military Leave?
No. Military Leave provisions under the Volunteers Employment Protection Act 1973 does not require employers to pay employees on Military Leave. Of course if you use annual leave for Military Training and Exercises your employer would have to pay you.
How do I apply to re-enlist?
Please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button. You need to register to create an account and you can then start your application. Click ‘yes’ to NZ military experience and we’ll ask you for a couple of easy details, such as your service number, and your application will then be ready to submit.
Do I get paid more if I go on operations?
Yes. When in the field, on operations, or at sea for more than a 24 hour period, an additional allowance is paid.
Do I have to pay for accommodation and food during recruit training?
You will not be charged for the barrack accommodation the NZDF requires you to live in during recruit training. When eating on base at the mess or galley, you will be charged for meals (total approximately $15.00 per day and are taken out of your pay cheque). When training in the field or on ship, meals will be provided free of charge.
Can I re-enlist for a different trade or service?
Yes. Your previous experience will be reviewed against what you are applying for and you may be credited some course requirements. This is assessed on a case by case basis and it may also be decided that you need to start again alongside new recruits.
Does the NZDF have a superannuation scheme and will I be eligible to join?
Yes. The NZDF offers all new recruits the option to join a Kiwisaver compliant scheme, with an employer contribution of 4% on top of your own 4% contribution.
Do I have to go through aptitude and fitness tests again?
If you’re applying for your previous trade you won’t have to re-sit your aptitude tests, but you may need to if you’re applying for a different trade. You will need to pass an RFL before re-enlisting in the Army, and the Navy and Air Force will require you to pass their fitness tests shortly after you’re back in uniform (usually on the day of enlistment for the Navy and within three months for the Air Force).
How long does the medical clearance take?
This will vary depending on how long you have been out of the NZDF and whether you have had any medical treatment since leaving. We may require additional information from your civilian GP and the sooner you provide this, the sooner our military doctors can review your medical file. A decision on your medical clearance is usually made within a week as long as we have all the information we need from you.
I have been living outside of the countries eligible for a security clearance. Can I still re-enlist?
Every case is different. Please contact 0800 1 FORCE (0800 136 723) to discuss.
What trades are available to women?
All trades in the NZDF are accessible to women. Some combat roles (NZSAS, Commando, and Diver) have extremely high selection and training standards in regards to physical fitness. These standards are the same for men and woman, making it very difficult for women and most men to access these trades.
Do women have equal opportunities to access courses and gain promotions?
Yes. Access to courses and promotion are based off performance and course availability and do not prejudice any gender. There are multiple women in senior staff/leadership roles.
How do I find a school for my children?
Most NZ students attend state funded schools. If a state funded school is at risk of overcrowding, it can set a ‘home zone’ that is geographically defined. Students living in this zone have the right to go to that school. Full information on the NZ school system can be found at minedu.govt.nz.
How long does the recruitment process take?
The whole process, from application to enlistment, can take between 3 and 18 months. This will depend on circumstances including how long you have left to serve in your current job and how quickly you can gain a New Zealand Residence class visa once we have sent you an Offer of Service.
Should I bring all of my furniture with me?
This is a personal choice. We strongly recommend that you do your own research including a comparison of the cost of purchasing furniture in NZ against the cost of transporting your furniture from overseas.
Am I bound by the conditions set in my Offer of Service?
Yes. The Offer of Service will state what courses you will be required to do, what rank you will hold, what seniority you will hold etc. It is not possible to renegotiate these conditions after you arrive in New Zealand.