About NZDF

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We’re New Zealand’s Navy, Army and Air Force – three Services, one force – a Force for New Zealand. We stand up for what is right. Together we protect New Zealand’s interests at sea, safeguard peace and stability within our neighbouring regions and further afield, and help others in times of need with agile air operations across the world.

This could mean fighting alongside our allies in a combat zone, helping safeguard peace and stability in a war-torn country, or going in after a natural disaster and helping save lives and rebuild communities. Or it could see us doing search and rescue, or boarding a suspected pirate ship. It’s impossible to detail everything we do because it’s so varied. That’s why it’s so rewarding.

We need to be ready for anything – and ready to react quickly and efficiently. It requires millions of dollars worth of complex technology and equipment. And it needs a huge amount of teamwork, with everyone knowing exactly where they fit in.

Our people are our priority. To build a sustainable force for the future our people need to have a range of ambitions and skills.


Whether you are waking up on an Army base in New Zealand, on a Navy warship somewhere near Antarctica, or in South Korea as part of an Air Force deployment, each day in the Defence Force could bring something new and exciting.

We are committed to helping you enjoy a diverse and rewarding career. Much of this job satisfaction will come from the things you do and the people you work with. Colleagues become mates. Potential turns into achievement. Qualifications are gained and experiences savoured. Put it this way – if someone asks you what you did today, you will always have a good answer.

We make sure you are supported all the way with training and resources. There are sporting facilities throughout the Defence Force - even when you are away from home - so you can enjoy staying in peak physical condition. Everyone needs rest and relaxation too, so you will find plenty to keep you entertained when it is time to put your feet up.