Life in uniform

Soldiers' Stories

It takes all kinds of people to make an Army

There are many different types of people in the Army. Some are communicators, some are leaders. Some like to solve problems. Some work well with their hands.

What all our people have in common is dedication, strength of character and a passion to protect. But don't take our word for it. Check out the real stories of solciers who serve in the Army, and find out what makes each of them tick.

Sigourney. Achieving Goals.

Sigourney's dream was to buy her first home by 25. After joining the Army, she achieved that goal by 21. She also found a challenging career with many opportunities, good friends and a work/life balance that lets her enjoy it all.

I always thought I'm not tall enough, I'm not fast enough, I'm not strong enough.

But you never know until you try something.

Corporal Sigourney Sumich
Supply Technician

Kimberley. Gaining a Degree.

Kimberley wanted an alternative to university so she decided to join the Army. She's since received world-class leadership training, and helps shape the leaders of tomorrow. She's also completed a Bachelor of Business, paid for by the Army.

There's always more in you, and the challenges you will face, you won't be facing them alone.

LT Kimberley Martyn
General List Officer

Christian. Finding Purpose.

Christian's life began in Ruatoria, but once he joined the Army he experienced a much wider world. He represented New Zealand at Gallipoli, found his confidence and a genuine sense of purpose. He also feels reconnected with his grandfather who served in the 28th Maori Battalion.

I wanted to see what was beyond Ruatoria. My only real barriers were myself, because everyone else believed in me.

Corporal Christian Hohepa

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