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.

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.

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 peace keeping 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.

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. 

Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.

While undertaking initial Recruit Course you will be paid as a Recruit (see attached pay table). On completion of  your Recruit Course you will be paid as a Private and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.

  • You must be at least 17 years of age
  • Meet the citizenship & 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 have achieved NCEA level 2 with a minimum of 12 credits in level 2 Science (excluding Physics).

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

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

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

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 for all three services (Navy, Air Force and Army) is conducted at the Defence Health School (DHS) in Burnham.  This training consists of formal training at the DHS before being sent out on clinical placements (On the Job Experience) to various camps and bases within the NZDF to gain experience.  The total duration of this training is 2 and a half years, with 40 weeks of which is clinical placements.


Once you graduate from the Defence Health School, you will be posted into a deployable unit based in camps and bases around the country.  Once you have gained sufficient experience, you could be posted to the medical cell of the NZAS or even back to the Defence Health School as an Instructor.