Treating illness, injury and other conditions, in camp and overseas missions, you will play a lead role in the health and well-being of soldiers.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Medical and Health
  • Location
    Linton, Burnham
  • Starting Trade Training

About the role

The role of the Medical Corps is to look after the health and well-being of soldiers. You will be treating illness, injury, and other medical conditions, in a camp environment and overseas on operational deployments and exercises.

Job on base

As a Medic, you will be trained in emergency care skills, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Out in the field, you will be ensuring a high level of health and hygiene is adhered to in order to prevent illness and injury. This means checking on issues such as sanitary conditions and food preparation to prevent the spread of disease.

Job on deployment

Medics are deployed overseas as required; there are very few exercises or operations where medical personnel are not required, allowing for many overseas opportunities.

You may find yourself working on peacekeeping operations, or with units deploying on exercise to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji or Australia. Or even as part of a team instructing First Aid to personnel in Papua New Guinea, Samoa or Tonga.

Learning pathway

The NZDF is pleased to be partnering with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to deliver training to our medics. This will see them studying towards a Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Science and a Level 7 Graduate Certificate in Health Science. 


These qualifications will be achieved through the completion of the Military Medical Technician, and NZDF Medic training programmes at Defence Health School.

Career progression and training

Career Progression

Basic Training

Job Training

As a Medic, you will learn all that is needed to effectively be able to ensure the health requirements of the New Zealand Army are met. From emergency medicine to sanitation, you will be trained in recognising, minimising and eliminating anything which poses a threat to the safety, health and well being of our soldiers and officers.

Throughout your career you will have continuous opportunities to expand your knowledge and experience, and to remain current as a medical professional.

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

Medic training is conducted in Burnham Military Camp. Medic training is approximately 2.5 years long and is broken into two courses. The first course, Military Medic Technician (MMT) course, is approximately 18 months. Over this period you will learn the foundation primary health care and operational skills required of an MMT. You will undertake 24 weeks of on the job experience where you will work in many of the health units spread across New Zealand.

Upon graduating as an MMT you will commence Medic training, which is a further 42 weeks training where you will learn advanced primary health care and operational skills as well as develop your skills as a sole charge medic. During the Medic training programme you will undertake a further 16 weeks of on the job experience.

Upon completion of your training you will then graduate as a qualified medic, be posted to your unit and will be eligible to serve overseas.

As part of your learning pathway, you will study towards a Level 6 Diploma in Paramedic Science and a Level 7 Graduate Certificate in Health Science. 

These qualifications will be achieved through the completion of the MMT course, and the NZDF medic training programmes at Defence Health School.

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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.


Under Initial Training


Starting Trade Training


Future Potential Earnings

Figures updated on July 1st 2023

Benefits and allowances

Earn a competitive salary while training or learning your trade, along with additional allowances for time spent in the field, at sea, overseas, or deployed on operations.

In addition to salary and allowances, other benefits of joining the New Zealand Defence Force include:

Access to your Service marae or tūrangawaewae

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Free access to gyms and swimming pools on camp and bases

Opportunities to travel

Free and subsidised medical and dental care

Subsidised food and accommodation on camps and bases

Free and subsidised insurance cover

Help to buy a home and save for retirement

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
  • A Class 1 restricted driver's licence is recommended, but is not compulsory
  • 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.

Once you have completed training you may be required to give a return of service to the NZ Army.

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