Lifestyle & Salary

We provide New Zealand’s land-based combat forces. We are sure you will be familiar with the role of the infantry soldier.

But you may not know some of the other careers:

  • Artillery
  • Engineering
  • Logistics
  • Communications

Find out more about these Army roles.

Today’s soldier can call upon all kinds of kit to assist them - Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV), guns and high tech communications equipment. We certainly need it because of the wide variety of challenges that we are called upon to assist with. It can be anything from combat scenarios to peacekeeping and humanitarian aid, such as in the Christchurch earthquakes.

Most soldiers find themselves called away several times a year on field exercises. These are when we practice soldiering, so when we are called upon in real situations, we are primed and ready. Exercises will take you across New Zealand, as well as overseas and are often conducted in partnership with our allies, such as the British, Canadian or American forces.


Each day can bring something new in the Army, whether you are waking up on your base in New Zealand, or in an exciting new country. Whether training, studying or playing sport, it is anything but routine. Of course the exact nature of what you do depends on what your role is, but here is a rough outline of a day in our life:

  • Typically, the day starts at 8am and finishes at 4.30pm, breaking for lunch at 12pm.
  • Generally you will have three sessions of physical training a week – getting paid to keep fit is always a bonus.
  • One of these will probably be a team sport. We like team-based sport because that’s how we operate.
  • Unless you are on exercise, on operations, or on after-hours duty, we don’t tend work weekends. It is up to you how you spend it. 

Our bases are located in Waiouru, Linton, Trentham and Burnham. Which one you go to will depend on your role. But wherever you are, you will find a range of facilities including:

  • Gym – weights, fitness classes or just a kick about with your mates.
  • Pool – swimming’s a great way to keep fit, which is why all our personal training instructors are also expert swim coaches.
  • Retail Stores – yes, you can even go shopping.
  • Hobby Huts – well, you can’t keep a Kiwi from their DIY.
  • Social Clubs – we organise functions and casual get together in an informal environment. This is a great chance to unwind.