Medical Officer

You will provide medical services to the Air Force and its personnel, including primary health care and pre-employment and pre-placement medical assessments. You will also develop and present a range of medical-related training packages and you may be deployed on operations or peacekeeping duties in support of other RNZAF units (such as in East Timor) or as part of a stand-alone medical unit (such as in Indonesia after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami). As an officer, you’ll also be expected to undertake the full range of duties associated with military service.

You will be enlisted into the RNZAF as a commissioned officer and work at one of the RNZAF’s three bases – Auckland, Ohakea or Woodbourne. Collectively, Medical Officers are part of the RNZAF Medical Services, which is professionally controlled by the Director of Air Force Medicine.

If you have referred to the minimum requirements below but would like more information on this role please email

Your initial remuneration will be based on previous experience and skill level. This is negotiated on a case by case basis. As your career continues, remuneration will increase on promotion and seniority.

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade
  • Registration with the NZ Medical Council in the general scope of practice for a minimum of 12 months.
  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

First you’ll complete a 21 week Initial Officer Training Course at RNZAF Base Woodbourne (near Blenheim). This will commence 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

Training as a medical professional is developed case by case in consultation with the Director of Medicine for the Air Force.

Woodbourne, South Island