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
Chefn/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy 
Communications Systems Operatorn/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyNo decreased colour perception
NZ Citizen
Crewmann/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyNo decreased colour perception
Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
Drivern/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyNo decreased colour perception
Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
No traffic convictions
Electronic Warfare Operatorn/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyMin age 19 years
No decreased colour perception
NZ Citizen
Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
Field Engineern/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy 
Fire Fightern/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyClass 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
Gunner (Artillery)n/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyNo decreased colour perception
Movement Operatorn/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyNo decreased colour perception
Class 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
No traffic convictions
Musiciann/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyProficiency with instruments is the main criteria.
Tertiary qualification is desirable.
Operational support
and information
 specialist (OPSIS)
n/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy 
Plant Operatorn/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & NumeracyClass 1 Restricted Drivers Licence
Riflemann/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy 
Stewardn/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy 
Supply Techniciann/a10 credits in L1 Literacy & Numeracy 
Electrical Fitter1 No decreased colour perception
Electrician1 No decreased colour perception
Information Systems Operator1 No decreased colour perception
NZ Citizen
Ammunitions Technician1Min 12 credits in L1 ScienceNo decreased colour perception
Armourer1Min 12 credits in L1 Science 
Carpenter1Min 12 credits in L1 Science 
ElectrONICS Technician2Min 12 credits in L2 Maths & PhysicsNo decreased colour perception
Maintenance Fitter1Min 12 credits in L1 Science 
Plumber1Min 12 credits in L1 Science 
Vehicle Mechanic1Min 12 credits in L1 Science 
Dental Assistant2Min 12 credits in L2 Science 
Intelligence Operator2 Min age 18 years.
NZ Citizen
Medic2Min 12 credits L2 Science 
NZSAS2 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.
Systems Engineer2Min 12 credits L2 ScienceNo decreased colour perception.
NZ Citizen.


 

Army Officer roles - Minimum Entry Requirements

TRADENCEA LEVEL AchievedSpecific SUBJECT requirementsOTHER REQUIREMENTS
Army Officer2Min 12 credits L2 English 
Army Officer
Australian Defence Force Academy
3Min 18 credits L3 English, Mathematics & PhysicsMin 100 L3 credits
Min 45 L3 credits achieved at Merit or Excellence

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