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NZDF and Service website outage

Due to a technical issue at one of our data centres, visitors to nzdf.mil.nz, navy.mil.nz, army.mil.nz and airforce.mil.nz are currently being redirected to this website.

The Defence Careers website contains a range of useful information about the New Zealand Defence Force, the roles performed by our people and information on how join us. We are still accepting applications, and are processing applications as normal.

For news and updates not related to recruiting you can visit https://medium.com/@nzdefenceforce. For more information about what we’re up to follow us on Facebook (NZDF, Navy, Army, Air Force, Careers), Twitter (NZDF, Navy, Army, Air Force), Instagram and LinkedIn.

Friday 31 July 2020: Operation Burnham

NZDF provided comment on the report of the Inquiry into Operation Burnham at 2pm on Medium. Please direct any queries to media@nzdf.mil.nz.

Thursday 18 June 2020: Normal recruiting practices have resumed

The New Zealand Defence Force are committed to serving and assisting New Zealand through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are following Government guidelines and Ministry of Health advice as the safety of candidates and staff is our top priority.

With New Zealand having moved to Alert Level 1 normal recruitment practices have resumed.

Recruitment Offices – Our offices will not be accepting walk ins but our recruitment personnel continue to be available to help with any questions or guidance regarding a career in the NZDF. Please use the Contact Us form to request a call back.

Information Evenings – Please check the Defence Careers Facebook page and website for events near you.

Initial and Full Medical Checks – Candidates can make appointments with GPs and medical centres at their earliest convenience.

Assessment Days – By invitation only. Candidate Engagement Facilitators will contact candidates with date and time options. Candidates should respond promptly confirming their preferred timing to ensure they do not miss out on selection for upcoming intakes.

Interviews ‒ Conducted remotely via telephone or by invitation in a local recruitment office. Candidate Engagement Facilitators will contact candidates with date and time options.

Induction Days ‒ By invitation only. Candidate Engagement Facilitators will contact candidates with the date and time.

Force Fit group training sessions ‒ Please check your local Force Fit Facebook group for session times and location details.

We are still welcoming new applications. Please visit our application page to get started.

If you have any questions or concerns, please use the Contact Us form or contact your CEF directly. The latest NZDF recruitment information and updates are on our website, and on the NZDF Careers Facebook page.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time. Kia Kaha.

For the latest information on COVID-19, including alert levels and what this means for you, please visit the official Government COVID-19 website.

Monday 8 June 2020: Cancellation of JOCT 20/2 and ROC 20/2

The New Zealand Defence Force are committed to serving and assisting New Zealand through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are following Government guidelines and Ministry of Health advice as the safety of candidates and staff is our top priority.

We are still welcoming new applications. Please visit our application page to get started.

Intake Updates

Confirmed commencement dates:

  • RNZN Basic Common Training (BCT) will now commence 24 August 2020.
  • RNZN Junior Officer Common Training Course 21/1 will commence 11 January 2021. Applications close 14 July 2020.
  • NZ Army Regular Recruit Force Intake 398 will be combined with 399 and commence 10 August 2020.
  • NZ Army Reserves Mod 1 Training Course (Christchurch) will now commence 3 July 2020.
  • RNZAF Recruit Course R2 will commence 7 September 2020.
  • Aircrew selection boards will be held in July 2020.
  • RNZAF Commissioning Course (ROC) 21/1 will commence 11 January 2021. Applications close 6 July 2020.

Confirmed cancelled:

  • RNZN Junior Officer Common Training (JOCT) Course 20/2 and associated selection boards.
  • RNZAF Commissioning Course (ROC) 20/2.

Those affected by these changes will be contacted by their Candidate Engagement Facilitator (CEF) with further information and details as soon as they are available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please use the Contact Us form or contact your CEF directly.

The latest NZDF recruitment information and updates are on our website, and on the NZDF Careers Facebook page. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time. Kia Kaha.

For the latest information on COVID-19, including alert levels and what this means for you, please visit the official Government COVID-19 website.

Tuesday 12 May 2020: Alert Level 2 updates

The New Zealand Defence Force are committed to serving and assisting New Zealand through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are following Government guidelines and Ministry of Health advice as the safety of candidates and staff is our top priority.

The recent announcement that New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 2 on Thursday 14 May means that we will be recommencing recruitment activity outlined below. Where face to face interactions are necessary we will ensure health screening, contact tracing, physical distancing and enhanced hygiene practises are applied.

Recruitment Offices – Our offices will not be accepting walk ins but our recruitment personnel continue to be available to help with any questions or guidance regarding a career in the NZDF. Our preferred method of contact under Alert Level 2 remains telephone or video conferencing. Please use the Contact Us form to request a call back.

Information Evenings – Attendance must be confirmed prior to the event and spaces will be limited in order to comply with Ministry of Health social distancing guidelines. Entry will be declined if attendees have not registered with contact details.

Initial and Full Medical Checks – Candidates can make appointments with GPs and medical centres but should inform their Candidate Engagement Facilitator (CEF) if they are unable to be seen by a doctor or specialist for any reason.

Assessment Days – By invitation only. Candidate Engagement Facilitators will contact candidates with date and time options. Candidates should respond promptly confirming their preferred timing to ensure they do not miss out on selection for upcoming intakes.

Interviews ‒ Will continue to be conducted remotely via telephone. Candidate Engagement Facilitators will contact candidates with date and time options.

Induction Days ‒ By invitation only. Candidate Engagement Facilitators will contact candidates with the date and time.

The below activity remains postponed until further notice:

Force Fit group training sessions ‒ We are working with our Force Fit instructors to set up national health and safety guidelines under Alert Level 2 restrictions and we hope to have these back up and running as soon as possible.

We are still welcoming new applications. Please visit our application page to get started.

If you have any questions or concerns, please use the Contact Us form or contact your CEF directly. The latest NZDF recruitment information and updates are on our website, and on the NZDF Careers Facebook page.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time. Kia Kaha.

For the latest information on COVID-19, including alert levels and what this means for you, please visit the official Government COVID-19 website.

Monday 11 May 2020: New intake dates

The New Zealand Defence Force are committed to serving and assisting New Zealand through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are following Government guidelines and Ministry of Health advice as the safety of candidates and staff is our top priority.

We are still welcoming new applications. Please visit our application page to get started.

Updated Intake Dates

Confirmed commencement dates:

  • RNZN Basic Common Training (BCT) will now commence 24 August 2020
  • RNZAF Recruit Course R2 will be combined with R3 and commence 7 September 2020
  • NZ Army Regular Recruit Force Intake 398 will be combined with 399 and commence 10 August 2020

Still to be confirmed:

  • RNZN Junior Officer Common Training Course and associated selection boards
  • NZ Army Reserves Mod 1 Training Course (Christchurch)
  • RNZAF Commissioning Course (ROC) and associated selection boards

Selection boards cancelled until further notice:

  • NZ Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator Selection Board
  • NZ Army Intelligence Operator Selection Board

Those affected by these changes will be contacted by their CEF with further information and details as soon as they are available.

You can view all our intakes here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please use the Contact Us form or contact your CEF directly.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time. Kia Kaha.

For the latest information on COVID-19, including alert levels and what this means for you, please visit the official Government COVID-19 website.

Friday 1 May 2020: Alert Level 3 updates

The New Zealand Defence Force are committed to serving and assisting New Zealand through the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to follow Government guidelines and Ministry of Health advice as the safety of candidates and staff is our top priority.

Whilst the country was at Alert Level 4, we had to make some postponements and cancellations. At Alert Level 3, all face-to-face recruitment activity remains postponed; this includes interviews, assessment and induction days and fitness-only sessions. Force Fit sessions and Information evenings will also remain cancelled until further notice. Level 3 does mean that we are looking to restart the recruitment activities we can run safely, as soon as the Government moves the country to Alert Level 2.

When you are contacted by your Candidate Engagement Facilitator regarding booking your next stages, please reply as quickly, and as accurately, as you can. This will allow your CEF to get you restarted on your recruitment journey as smoothly as possible.

We would also like to remind you to keep preparing for your Assessment Day using the sample tests and utilising the Force Fit PDFs and Force Fit Activator programme.

Thank you for your patience during this disruption. We understand that this may have added extra uncertainty during an exceptional time and appreciate your understanding and perseverance.

We are still welcoming new applications. You can apply here.

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact us or contact your Candidate Engagement Facilitator.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Kia Marika, Kia Mahara, Kia Atawhai, Kia Kaha.

For the latest information on COVID-19, including alert levels and what this may mean for you, please visit www.covid19.govt.nz.

Wednesday 1 April 2020: Postponement of intakes

The New Zealand Defence Force are committed to serving and assisting New Zealand though the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. We are following Government guidelines and Ministry of Health advice as the safety of candidates and staff is our top priority.

For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming recruitment intakes listed below:

  • RNZAF Recruit Course (R2)
  • RNZN Junior Officer Common Training (JOCT) Course
  • NZ Army Reserves Mod 1 course  (Christchurch)
  • NZ Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator Selection Board
  • NZ Army Intelligence Operator Selection Board
  • RNZAF Officer Aircrew Selection Board (OASB)
  • RNZN Officer Selection Board (FOSB)

This follows the suspension of all face-to-face interviews, assessment and induction days, fitness-only sessions and information evenings.  If you are affected by any of these postponements your Candidate Engagement Facilitator (CEF) will contact you directly.

We have also regrettably cancelled all Force Fit and similar group training sessions until further notice. Sample Force Fit pdfs are available for download on the Force Fit page and the Force Fit Activator programme has been shared on the NZDF Defence Careers Facebook page. We are reviewing alternative options for delivering recruitment activities and will provide updates in due course.

We would like to reassure new and existing candidates that all applications will remain active while recruiting activities are disrupted and we will continue to support candidates through their recruitment journey. Please know that this is only a temporary setback, in what are extraordinary circumstances, towards commencing your career.

We are also welcoming new applications. You can apply here.

If you have already received an Offer of Service this will be honoured once new dates for Recruit Training Courses have been set. Your Candidate Engagement Facilitator (CEF) will be in contact with further information as it becomes available,

If you have any questions or comments, please Contact Us or contact your CEF directly as our NZDF Service personnel are currently fully engaged in supporting the COVID-19 response.

You can find all the latest NZDF recruitment information and updates here on our website and the NZDF Defence Careers Facebook page.

Thank you for your understanding and patience, Kia Kaha.

For the latest information on COVID-19, including alert levels and what this means for you, please visit www.covid19.govt.nz.

Wednesday 25 March: Cancellation of events

The New Zealand Defence Force are committed to serving and assisting New Zealand through the rapidly developing situation around COVID-19. We are following Government guidelines and Ministry of Health advice to ensure the safety of our candidates and staff.

This means that there has already been, and will continue to be, an impact on recruitment activities for the foreseeable future. This includes postponing all face-to-face interviews, assessment and induction days and fitness-only sessions. We have also regrettably cancelled all Force Fit sessions and Information evenings until further notice. We are reviewing alternative options for delivering these and will provide an update on this soon.

All current applications will remain active while recruiting activities are disrupted and we will continue to support candidates on their recruiting journey wherever possible. We are also welcoming new applications. You can apply here.

You can find the latest information and updates regarding NZDF recruiting here on our website and on our Defence Careers Facebook page.

Thank you for your understanding and patience, Kia Kaha

For the latest information on COVID-19, including alert levels and what this means for you, please visit www.covid19.govt.nz.

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