Applying for a defence career

Before you can apply for a Defence career, you need to register which will allow you to access to your personal secure candidate portal.  From there, you will be able to complete the application form and follow your application as it moves through the process.

Before you register, it's best to make sure you have the following information ready:

  1. Full Name
  2. Date and place of birth
  3. Address & Contact Details
  4. NZ Driver Licence number (to support the initial Police check)

Once you are registered, you will want to move onto apply within your secure candidate portal, this is a two step process, register and then apply.


As the application and selection process is very thorough, you need to allow yourself time to prepare. This means giving yourself time to gather all the personal information and documents before you begin.


As part of your application, you will be asked for personal information so we can assess your eligibility to be considered for a role in the Defence Force.

To help you, we have prepared a list of all the information you need to fully complete the online application. Before you start, make sure you have all the documentation you need, as you can not save your application halfway through. 


  1. Your Next of Kin's name and contact details
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Completed CV with previous employment details including dates, employer, locations and duties
  4. Record of learning showing school qualification including subjects, grades gained and year obtained and NZQA number if you have one.
  5. Any tertiary or trade qualifications you have achieved with grades gained and year obtained
  6. Your driver licence details (number, classes and any endorsements)
  7. Dates and outcomes of any criminal convictions
  8. Your current accurate height and weight
  9. Your Doctor's name and contact details i.e. telephone and address
  10. Dates, details and outcomes of any past or current medical conditions, (e.g. operations, broken bones, asthma history, any medications)
  11. Your vaccination/immunisation history (this can be obtained from your Doctor)
  12. A list of your preferred trades and Service(s)
  13. If you have served previously, you will need to supply some previous Service details e.g. your Service Number

Once you have completed the application form, you have formally applied, and your application will be reviewed by a candidate coordinator. If everything appears in order, you will receive an email requesting you to return to your secure candidate portal in order to fill out a medical questionnaire and an initial background security check.

If you would like to know more about the stages your application will go through, you can visit our stages of application section.