As a Learning Development Officer (LDO) in the RNZAF your skills and experience in teaching, adult education, training development or organisational development will be valued.
You will support the development of the New Zealand Defence Force and its people; both at home and on deployment on military operations, it is an exciting and challenging role.
As a Learning Development officer you will provide specialist training and guidance on educational matters to NZDF commanders and units throughout the country. You will soon become a specialist in military training, education and professional development by providing support to the wider NZDF.
With the NZDF increasing the complexity of the technology it uses in support of training and education you will have the opportunity to work with specialist personnel in the evaluation, design and implementation of training technology solutions.
You will be provided with leadership responsibilities and along with your core tasks, undertake a range of military activities; from weapon handling, to adventure training and the potential for operational deployments.
Your initial remuneration will be based on previous experience and skill level. This is negotiated on a case by case basis. As your career continues, remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.
Upon successful enlistment into the Air Force you’ll be posted to RNZAF Woodbourne base to complete the Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC) – a seven-week, full-time course.
All NZ Defence Force (NZDF) Officer Cadets are required to complete this course which is designed to introduce the basic individual military skills required to continue on to your respective service Officer training courses. The course is designed to give you a basic level of military skills including field-craft, weapon handling, navigation, drill, battle-craft, communications and an introduction to leadership. It is during JOIC that you will be introduced to the standards and discipline demanded of all members of the NZ Defence Force and the ethos and values required to be an Officer in the NZDF.
Upon successful completion of the JOIC, you will remain at Woodbourne but be posted to the Initial Officer Training Course to commence the 22 week course starting in either January or July. Here you’ll find out if you’ve got what it takes to be in the Air Force, and will cover various subjects including:
After successful completion of your Initial Officer Training course, you will be posted to one of the Junior Learning and Development Officer positions within the NZ Defence College.
Although the primary focus of the role may one of Training Development, Training Evaluation, Language Literacy and Numeracy support, or English Second Language teaching, there will be opportunities to undertake a range of other tasks. These will be designed to provide exposure to some of the other areas within the NZ Defence College and will also help with your integration into the camp or base to which you are posted.
You will attend a range of courses that will introduce you to the NZDF Systems Approach to Learning and the NZDF way of conducting business. In addition you will progress towards external qualifications in Adult Education, Adult Literacy and Numeracy, and English Second Language teaching.
As an RNZAF Officer you will also complete a number of core military training courses as part of your primary training.
Advanced Learning and Development Officer Training
After attaining experience on the job and when you have consolidated your primary training you will be nominated to attend some more advanced courses to gain higher level skills and knowledge in Training Development, Instructional Theory and Training Management. These courses will ensure that you have the in-depth professional knowledge needed for more senior appointments
As part of your ongoing personal and professional development you will also have the opportunity to complete further modules in command management and command leadership, as well as service writing and service discipline.
These short, yet ‘punchy’ modules, are completed as part of your individual career progression, and are a prerequisite for promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
The modules are residential and are conducted at RNZAF Base Woodbourne.
Command and Staff Courses
As you progress through your career you will attend two courses at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College at Trentham Military Camp (Wellington): a residential eight week Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Joint) and a nine month Advanced Command and Staff Course (Joint).
Both courses comprise a mixture of visiting lecturers, tutored discussion groups, visits and individual study to give you the skills you need for high-ranking appointments. If you’re a successful graduate of the Senior Staff Course, you can then choose to complete one further paper to gain a Masters degree in International Security.
You may be employed in any of the Air Force, Navy or Army camps and bases throughout New Zealand. As you gain experience you will have the opportunity to travel overseas and be employed in a wide variety of Defence Force posts.