On the front-lines, every decision counts.

Life in a Combat role

Moments of combat can be few and far between. But when they come, you need to be ready. Much of your time in a Combat role is spent preparing yourself, and your team. The training is intense, but rewarding, and there are many roles available. What expertise will you show when it matters most?

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Combat Specialist

Join the Army as a Combat Specialist and operate in a range of different environments. You will be introduced to the strategy and skills for combat, before branching into Infantry, Gunner or Armoured soldiers towards the end of basic training. 

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armoured combat square

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.

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

Combat Roles

4 Roles available in the Combat specialisation across the Army

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