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.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Army Reserve
  • Location
  • Initial daily rate
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About the role

You will work as part of the Diagnostic Section within a miniature surgical facility, 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 the ship HMNZS CANTERBURY, often in austere and hostile environments, under military operational conditions.

The NZ Army primarily only requires plain film diagnostic imaging. However, from time to time the Army will require advice from other radiographic specialties. Therefore it is essential that the Radiographer Officer maintains their own clinical competency, and professional relationships with external agencies, to provide safe, best practice within this environment.

Please note that this role is a part-time position, in the Reserve Forces.

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

Career progression and training

Basic Training

Ongoing Training

Officer Cadet School (OCS)

Duration: 6-8 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 can be split into two courses over two consecutive years, if necessary, to suit your civilian working arrangements.

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 accordance with the maintenance of your Annual Practicing Certificate (APC). This is in addition to training and familiarisation across all diagnostic equipment that is currently used within the NZDF.

Additional training as a Radiographer is developed case-by-case in consultation with the NZDF’s Chief Medical Officer and the senior Medical Officer at your local Defence Health Centre.

The training programme may consist of a combination of “on the job” experience, readings, completion of a series of prescribed tasks (a workbook), and discussions with other Defence Health professionals, to ensure you are familiar with Defence Force policies and systems.

Specific military courses, such as tactical health planning, will be included in your career development.

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Salary and benefits

As a Reservist you are paid on an hourly rate rather than a salary. Pay rates depend on the role you are in and your rank; your pay will increase as you move through the ranks.

As an Army Reserve Radiographer, the minimum remuneration you will be paid from day one is a daily rate of $228.87 including holiday pay, plus 4% Kiwisaver employer contributions.

Remuneration for Specialist Medical Professionals is benchmarked against the DHB, with military factor and superannuation contribution (if joining a scheme) in addition. Candidates will be assessed individually for their starting remuneration step based on post graduate qualifications and experience.  The figures below are only an indication of salary.

Remuneration will continue to increase on promotion and seniority.


Initial daily rate


Higher Rank

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Pass an Officer Selection Board.
  • 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.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required SV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

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