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My medical reconsideration application was declined, and I still disagree, is there a process to have this reviewed?
Request a review form from your Candidate Engagement Facilitator and send it to the address enclosed with supporting documents (Note: you can only request this form after the reconsideration form was declined, it must be received within 4 weeks of the day you were notified the reconsideration was declined, and you are responsible for any costs associated with your own medical reports). A board of Senior NZDF Medical Officers will review this application at their next medical reconsideration meeting held four times per year. If this application is denied you may be unable to reapply, or be given a stand-down period before you can reapply.
Can I get a tattoo after joining?
Tattoos, including large and highly visible cultural tattoos are acceptable provided they are appropriate for a military environment and are complementary to the NZDF’s values and image. Each service has clear guidelines on getting new tattoos.
How does the NZDF prevent discrimination and harassment?
We are committed to ensuring that our workplaces are safe and free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying because we recognise the effects of personal-wellbeing on our operational effectiveness. We make an effort to recruit good people, and install a positive culture early in initial training. Robust support processes are in place to deal with any alleged incidents sensitively, appropriately, and quickly.
When will I be promoted?
Promotion is based on eligibility requirements that include completing trade specific courses, seniority (how long you have held your current rank), and performance.
If I gain new qualifications in my spare time while I am in the NZDF, can I change to a new trade?
We are keen to see people who have improved their skills and want to take on new challenges. We move a number of internally-recruited personnel into new trades each year, but in the interest of fairness, they must meet the same minimum entry requirements as new applicants, and other factors like demand for the trade you wish to change to are taken into consideration.
I am currently serving but I want to change trade or service, do I do this via this site?
If you are a currently serving member, either Regular or Reserve Forces, you need to apply via your unit chain of command.
Is there someone I can talk to about re-enlistment and different trade options for me?
Yes, call 0800 1 FORCE (0800 136 723) and ask to speak to a uniformed re-enlistment recruiter.
Is there an upper age limit to join or re-enlist?
No. There is no upper age limit to join or re-enlist. However, you will need to meet medical and fitness requirements for your desired service.
How can I prepare for the aptitude testing?
Between now and the test session:
-Revise your school algebra and trigonometry
-Do word and number puzzles, and simple crosswords.
-Practise with lots of examples, but don’t use a calculator
-When practicing, set yourself time limits
Immediately before the test session:
-Get plenty of sleep the night before
-Find out exactly where the test venue is and check what time you have to be there.
-Give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue.
What If I fail the aptitude testing for my desired trade?
There is a limit to the number of times you can attempt the aptitude testing. If you fail one or more aptitude tests, you will have to wait 6 months before sitting the test again (or you will be given the opportunity to progress with trade choices you do meet the criteria for). This stand-down period allows you time to upskill on your weak areas. After 6 months, you will be invited to re-sit only those tests you previously failed. You don’t have to re-sit the test until you are ready. This second attempt is your final opportunity to pass the test/s. If you do not pass we will be unable to proceed with your application for your trade preferences. However, you will be given the opportunity to consider other trade choices you do meet criteria for. Do not feel in a rush to be re-tested.
If my child is sick can I get the day off?
There is flexibility around leave if you need to care for a sick child.
What will my day to day life in the NZDF be like?
One of the key things about life in the NZDF is that your job will vary and you will be doing many different things. The NZDF is also passionate about its members maintaining a sustainable work/life balance. Working hours are comparable to a normal 9-5 job. However, during initial training, field exercises, and on operation, you will be expected to work longer hours. NZDF regular force members are entitled to a generous 25 days annual leave per year.
Will I have to live on base?
During recruit training you will have to live on base. After recruit training there is no requirement to live on base.
How can I make my application more competitive?
You can make your application more competitive by increasing your personal fitness and achieving a high level of fitness at your entry level fitness test. Team sports, cultural and extra-curricular activities, also look good on your application. Having a detailed understanding of your trade, service, training pipeline, and recent NZDF operations will help you during the interview.
Can I continue playing sport to competitive level while in the NZDF?
The NZDF has multiple sportsmen and women who compete at a national and international level while fulfilling their regular duties. If you compete at a high level in any kind of sport, we will usually allow you the opportunity to compete. Team work and the drive to win are core values to the NZDF so we encourage all personnel to get involved in team sports.
My application to join was declined for medical reasons I disagree with, is there a process to have this reconsidered?
Yes. If your application is denied for medical reasons, you can get the decision reconsidered. Request a reconsideration form from your Candidate Engagement Facilitator and send it to the address enclosed with supporting documents like a report from your general practitioner or specialist doctor (Note: this must be received within 4 weeks of the day you were notified your application was denied, and you are responsible for any costs associated to your own medical reports). This will be reconsidered by a senior NZDF Doctor. You may be declined again or given a stand-down period before you can reapply.
How does the resignation process work?
We typically require 3 months’ notice if you decide to resign. However, during times of increased operational activity, or if you are required to complete a return of service obligation, you may be required to continue serving until you have completed your required duties or service period.
Can I join if I have a tattoo?
Tattoos, including large and highly visible cultural tattoos are acceptable provided they are appropriate for a military environment and are complementary to the NZDF’s values and image.
Do I get paid more if I go on operations?
Yes. When in the field, on operations, or at sea for more than a 24 hour period, an additional allowance is paid.
Do I have to pay for accommodation and food during recruit training?
You will not be charged for the barrack accommodation the NZDF requires you to live in during recruit training. When eating on base at the mess or galley, you will be charged for meals (total approximately $15.00 per day and are taken out of your pay cheque). When training in the field or on ship, meals will be provided free of charge.