A front-line soldier and the backbone of the Army service. You will be trained in the use of specialist weapons that are capable of engaging a wide range of selective targets.

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About the role

As Infantry (Rifleman), you are a front line soldier, and the backbone of Army service. You'll be physically strong with a high level of endurance and stamina. You'll work mainly in outdoor environments and receive advanced training in combat skills, weapons and equipment. You'll acquire navigation, field-craft and survival skills. You'll be a team player in an exceptionally tight team.

Job on base

As Infantry (Rifleman) you will spend a vast majority of your time transitioning between a camp and field environment. While in camp you will continue to enhance your infantry core skills such as, Weapon Training, Navigation, Communications, Various Combat Techniques, Range shooting and Physical Training. Then when you move into the field you will put all your skills into practice during a tactical field exercise.

Job on deployment

As Infantry (Rifleman) you will deploy in your primary role. Your main focus will providing security by conducting patrols within your area of operations. Riflemen have had a vast history of serving overseas and currently they deploy on a variety of overseas peace keeping and humanitarian operations.

My main areas of expertise are pretty much the weapons side of the military. We might get new recruits into the units and then have to teach them another level up of training.

Malua Tapai'i


Career progression and training

Career Progression
Basic Training
Job Training

As Infantry (Rifleman) you will spend your initial years developing your infantry skills within a Rifle Company. You may then have the opportunity of working within a Specialist Infantry Platoon where you will develop some advanced infantry skills such as Reconnaissance, Snipers, Heavy Weapons, or Advanced Communications. Over time you may progress in rank and hold different command positions within an Infantry Battalion. As your career progresses, you will work towards being an Infantry Instructor. In this capacity, you can be posted to the Combat School in Waiouru, tutoring on advanced combat courses, or to the Army Depot where you would tutor on promotion courses or train recruits during their initial training.

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration

  • Army Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness

This course is more physically and mentally challenging than the recruit course. The aim is to prepare you to operate as a member of a rifle section.

You will be trained in the use of specialist weapons that are capable of engaging a wide range of selective targets. You will hone your physical fitness and learn to apply first aid to a combat casualty. Other skills learnt on this course include working with military armoured vehicles and Air Force helicopters, performing navigation, operating combat radios, and learning the detailed organisation of the infantry battalion.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will 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 at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade.

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.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required CV 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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