Life in uniform

Salary & benefits

Salary and benefits

Salaries are competitive and rise in line with your rank and qualifications. On top of that are benefits such as annual leave, subsidised food and accommodation, free medical and dental care and superannuation schemes to help you save for the future.

We also offer great benefits for families of serving personnel. Visit Force 4 Families to find out more.

For information on Defence superannuation and insurance schemes, visit the Force Financial Hub.

Education and training

Education and training are also a big part of any NZDF career. There may be funded opportunities to pursue professional and academic qualifications that will be yours for life. There is also regular training to hone your skills and keep you up-to-date with the latest technology. Find out more about training and qualifications.

Working conditions

Of course working conditions vary depending on where you are and what you’re doing. This is not a typical career. Being stationed on a base in New Zealand isn’t going to be the same as, for example, bunking down on a warship in the Atlantic Ocean. But even in the toughest conditions, you’ll still find yourself surrounded by resources and facilities to make life as comfortable as possible.

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