Minimum Entry Requirements

ARMY GENERIC REQUIREMENTS

To qualify you will need to meet the minimum basic requirements listed below, as well as specific requirements for your chosen trade. In order to be considered a more competitive applicant, we recommend exceeding these requirements where possible.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements 

You must:

  • Be a minimum of 17 years of age*
  • Have completed at least three years of secondary school education
  • Be medically fit for service
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements
     

*Some trades differ in their age requirement. See the chart below for details.
 

SOLDIER TRADE MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 

TRADENCEA LEVEL ACHIEVEDSPECIFIC SUBJECT REQUIREMENTSOTHER REQUIREMENTS
CHEF n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions may apply
COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS OPERATOR n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy No decreased colour perception
NZ Citizen
ARMOURED COMBAT SPECIALIST n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions apply
Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
DRIVER n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions apply
Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
No traffic convictions
ELECTRONIC WARFARE OPERATOR n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Min age 19 years
No decreased colour perception
NZ Citizen
Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
FIELD ENGINEER n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions may apply
FIRE FIGHTER n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
Colour perception restrictions may apply
GUNNER (ARTILLERY) n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions apply
MOVEMENT OPERATOR n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions apply
Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
No traffic convictions
MUSICIAN n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy

Proficiency with instruments is the main criteria
Tertiary qualification is desirable
Colour perception restrictions may apply

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT AND INFORMATION
 SPECIALIST (OPSIS)
n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions apply
PLANT OPERATOR n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
Colour perception restrictions apply
INFANTRY (RIFLEMAN) n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions may apply
STEWARD n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions may apply
SUPPLY TECHNICIAN n/a 10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy Colour perception restrictions may apply
ELECTRICAL FITTER 1   Colour perception restrictions apply
ELECTRICIAN 1   Colour perception restrictions apply
INFORMATION SYSTEMS OPERATOR 1   No decreased colour perception
NZ Citizen
AMMUNITIONS TECHNICIAN 1 Min 12 credits in L1 Science No decreased colour perception
ARMOURER 1 Min 12 credits in L1 Science Colour perception restrictions may apply
CARPENTER 1 Min 12 credits in L1 Science Colour perception restrictions may apply
EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL OPERATOR 1 Min 12 credits in L1 Science Colour perception restrictions may apply
MAINTENANCE FITTER 1 Min 12 credits in L1 Science Colour perception restrictions may apply
PLUMBER 1 Min 12 credits in L1 Science Colour perception restrictions may apply
VEHICLE MECHANIC 1 Min 12 credits in L1 Science Colour perception restrictions may apply
DENTAL ASSISTANT 2 Min 12 credits in L2 Science Colour perception restrictions may apply
INTELLIGENCE OPERATOR 2   Colour perception restrictions apply
Min age 18 years
NZ Citizen
ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN 2 Min 12 credits in L2 Maths & Physics No decreased colour perception
MEDIC 2 Min 12 credits L2 Science Colour perception restrictions may apply
NZSAS 2  

By the time you pass the NZSAS Presentation you will need
to be able to pass a G1 fitness test which is more challenging
than our standard EFL
No decreased colour perception

SYSTEMS ENGINEER 2 Min 12 credits L2 Science No decreased colour perception
NZ Citizen


 

ARMY OFFICER ROLES - MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

TRADENCEA LEVEL ACHIEVEDSPECIFIC SUBJECT REQUIREMENTSOTHER REQUIREMENTS
ARMY OFFICER 2 Min 12 credits L2 English Some colour perception restrictions may apply
ARMY OFFICER
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE ACADEMY
3 Min 18 credits L3 English, Mathematics & Physics

Some colour perception restrictions may apply
Min 100 L3 credits
Min 45 L3 credits achieved at Merit or Excellence

*The NZ Army also offers a range of Specialist roles.