As a Radiographer in the New Zealand Army you will function and interface with multidisciplinary medical personnel in both civilian base hospital and military field hospital environments.

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  • Specialisation
    Medical and Health
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About the role

As a Radiographer in the New Zealand Army you will function and interface with multidisciplinary medical personnel in both civilian-based hospital and military field hospital environments.

You will work as part of the Diagnostic Section in the Army Role 2, functioning and interacting with a small multi-skilled, emergency focussed team specifically prepared to work in mobile tented surgical scenarios or on board the surgical facility on HMNZS CANTERBURY, often in austere and hostile environments, under military operational conditions.

The Army primarily only requires plain film diagnostic imaging. However, the Army will from time to time require advice on other Radiographic specialities, and will make provision for Radiographers to remain proficient in their primary role as well as other Radiographic specialities by allowing training time in civilian hospitals.

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

Job on base

As an Officer within the medical environment you will not only be responsible for the provision of operational medical imaging but also contributing to:

  • Maintain the equipment in a fashion that allows for its deployment within the units response times, maintaining the equipment while on deployment and ensuring refurbishment of equipment on return.
  • Ensuring a detailed quality assurance/control system is implemented and followed.
  • Maintaining effective communication with key internal and external NZ Army Staff.

Job on deployment

On deployment you will be responsible for providing diagnostic imaging to all areas of the Role 2, such as resus, the operating theatre, intensive care and all wards. The Role 2 deploys with only two radiographers therefore you will be on call 24 hours a day.

Career progression and training

Career Progression

Basic Training

Ongoing Training

Specialist Training

As a Radiographer Officer in the NZ Army, you will be able to take your existing skills to the next level. The comprehensive training you will receive as an Officer will allow you to lead teams of people, in all kinds of situations.

Officer Cadet School (OCS)

(12 weeks) Location: Waiouru Military Camp

Initial training begins in early January. Attendees at this training will be a mixture of Regular Force General List Officer Cadets, Regular Force Special List Officer Cadets, and Reserve Force Special List Officer Cadets.

The training will be split into three modules and attendance at Modules One, Two and Three is required for all Regular Force Officer Cadets. Reserve Force Special List Officer Cadets must attend Modules One and Three; this can be in the same year or in consecutive years.

2022 dates

Module One: 9 January - 4 February

Module Two: 4 February - 4 March

Module Three: 13 March - 9 April

Training covers:

  • NZ Army Ethos and Values
  • Self-leadership
  • Physical Training
  • Basic field-craft
  • Military Unarmed Combat
  • Weapon handling
  • Navigation
  • Battle-craft
  • Radio telephone procedure
  • Weapon handling
  • Drill
  • NZ Army tactics
  • Leadership

On going clinical training will be conducted at Palmerston North and Wellington Hospital in order to maintain your Annual Practicing Certificate (APC).

You will be trained on all diagnostic imaging equipment that is currently used with the NZ Army.

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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.


Registered Graduate


Higher Rank

Military Factor

All full time members of the NZ Defence Force receive an added portion to their salary known as Military Factor. This additional compensation recognises the unique nature of military service and the commitment you make to serve your country. This can include short notice postings around the country and overseas. You will be directed at times to be continuously alert, undertake arduous and hazardous duties, and be exposed to adverse working environments exclusive to military life. This also includes the exercise of military skills not recognised by market comparisons. The part you play in our Defence Force and your commitment to our country will be financially rewarded.

Free medical and dental

5 weeks annual leave

Access to additional compensation and housing allowances

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Defence discounts at select stores and services

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 SV security clearance for this trade.

You are required to be currently registered with the New Zealand Medical Imaging Technologist Board and be in possession of annual practicing certificate.

You must hold a current resuscitation qualification, as per New Zealand Resuscitation Council guidelines. This will be at a minimum standard of intermediate.

Ideally you will have two years post graduate experience with a trauma focus.

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

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