As a CISO you will be responsible for leading personnel and IT systems to support operations wherever the RNZAF is deployed.

  • Service
    Air Force
  • Specialisation
    Intelligence, IT and Communications
  • Location
  • Starting Salary
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About the role

Effective employment of Information Technology (IT) can offer a military force a significant operational advantage. Communication and Information Systems Officers (CISOs) are experts in the employment of high-tech IT systems designed to interconnect elements of a military force.

As a CISO you will be responsible for leading personnel and IT systems to support operations wherever the RNZAF is deployed.

Job on base

At an Air Force Base, CISOs command teams of specialist CIS Technicians. These teams provide communicating support to RNZAF aircraft using satellite and radio systems to pass information between the aircraft and ground-based IT networks.

You will be responsible for ensuring your team is ready to deploy whenever needed, ensuring equipment is serviceable and personnel under your command are trained and available to perform their duties.

Job on deployment

A CISO can expect to be one of the first to deploy, arriving ahead of the main force to establish vital communication with headquarters (HQ) and to set up other critical information systems for use by the deploying force.

While deployed, a CISO will direct the establishment of IT, satellite and radio networks that support the functions of command and control, intelligence, logistics and communications. Once setup, these networks need to be protected from cyber threats, jamming and interception by adversaries. Your knowledge of cyber-defence and electronic warfare will be critical to safeguarding our operationally sensitive information.

To know you can talk up to almost 3000 kilometers away on a piece of wire is really rewarding.

Nicky Logan

Leading Aircraftman

Career progression and training

Career progression
Basic Training
Job Training
Ongoing Training
Specialist Training

After successful completion of Initial Officer Training, you will take your first command appointment as a section commander in charge of a team of CIS Technicians at RNZAF Base Auckland or RNZAF Base Ohakea.

Completion of military training and industry courses will further develop your knowledge, and changing job roles every 2 – 3 years will help broaden your experience. There will be opportunities to deploy on exercises in New Zealand and overseas which are designed to prepare you to lead on military operations.

As you gain experience and move up in rank you will be posted to the operational HQ in Trentham or to the strategic HQ in Wellington. There you will apply your specialist knowledge to help plan overseas operational deployments and manage projects to introduce new technology for use by the NZ Defence Force.

Throughout your career there will be opportunities to study for career-relevant tertiary and industry qualifications, with opportunities to be posted overseas.

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:

  • RNZAF Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Law
  • Military Field Skills and Weapons Training
  • Defence and Strategic Studies
  • Personnel Administration
  • Communication Skills
  • Command, Leadership and Management
  • First Aid

After successful completion of Initial Officer Training, you will take your first command appointment as a section commander in charge of a team of CIS Technicians. Regular field training activities will play an important role in focusing your leadership skills, while continual personal study and job-specific industry courses will help further develop your knowledge as an IT professional.

As your career progresses you can expect to be trained in advanced organisational leadership, IT systems development and project management methodologies. You will have the opportunity to complete funded tertiary studies and train abroad with foreign military forces.

Aeronautical engineering training at RNZAF Base Woodbourne will give you a broad understanding of the design, construction, maintenance and operating standards the Air Force adheres to in order to fly military aircraft.

Completion of specialist CIS officer training with the Australian Defence Force will introduce you to operational CIS planning and prepare you to lead specialist teams on deployed operations.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Air Force are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.




Starting Salary


Higher Rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements

Fitness and medical
Period of Service
  • You must be 17 years or older.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.
  • Must have a restricted Class 1 manual driver's licence.

You need a minimum of a Level 6 Diploma in Electronics and Computer Technology or Telecommunications. To be more competitive a Bachelor of Info Science or BBS/BSC majoring in Computer Science, Info Systems, Info Technology, Computer System Engineering, Internet Systems or Software Engineering.

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.


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