We are the Army – the fighting force of New Zealand. We are highly trained, committed, loyal and passionate. We work together to protect the country, safeguard its interests and support our allies.
We need to be prepared for all eventualities. So a significant part of our time is spent on exercises. This is the time when we learn the skills required to be a soldier, as well the skills we need for our specialist roles, whether that’s as a sniper, an officer or a chef. It is also when we get to grips with our equipment and understand its capabilities. From Light Armoured Vehicles to night vision goggles, to heavy mortar, we have always got our hands on the latest technology. Exercises help us learn how to work together as a fast and efficient team.
We are here to protect New Zealand and its people. This means that we are called upon to provide assistance in civilian emergencies at home. This could be anything from search and rescue, to natural disaster relief, bomb disposal or even assisting the police with crime scene investigations.
Our commitment to supporting our allies and helping countries in need regularly takes us overseas too. Warfare is one of our core skills, so as we have seen in Afghanistan, if we are called into a combat zone we are ready to play our part. Other common scenarios include supporting countries affected by natural disasters and famine, or helping protect civilians caught up in conflict. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to make a positive difference to the world.