Logistics Specialist

As a Logistics Specialist, you’ll be responsible for the supply and distribution of military materials, hardware, personnel and supplies using sophisticated computerised systems. You’ll also assist with the movement by air of New Zealand Defence Force personnel and equipment – from the Army’s light armoured vehicles to Air Force helicopters and explosives.

To get the job done, you’ll be trained to operate a variety of vehicles, aircraft loading systems and logistics supply systems.

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.

While undertaking initial Recruit Course you will be paid as a Recruit (see attached pay table). On completion of  your Recruit Course you will be paid as an Aircraftsman and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.

  • You must be 17 years or older.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade.
  • Restricted or Full Class 1 Licence preferred.

You must have achieved the NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

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

Upon successful enlistment into the Air Force you’ll be posted to RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim). Here you’ll do 12 weeks of basic military training to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be in the Air Force, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration
  • RNZAF Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid, and Search and Rescue Techniques
  • Physical Fitness

After 12 weeks basic military training at RNZAF Base Woodbourne, you’ll complete a 14-week residential course before spending two years working in a transit, warehouse or forward support section on an Air Force base, consolidating your training by means of a competency log.

Your advanced trade training is also a 14-week full-time residential course, covering air movements training, operational and joint logistics, supply chain management principles and much more. As you progress through the trade courses you will be accredited NZQA certificates, while qualifying for a variety of vehicle and aircraft loading equipment licenses.