Women in the NZDF


When you join the Defence Force you join a huge team, dedicated to protecting New Zealand, our national interests and people, as well as assisting our military allies and emergency services during conflict or natural disaster.

Career development opportunities are abundant. With the right attitude and dedication you can achieve a career that will take you further than you thought possible. You will belong to an organisation that is trusted and respected by New Zealanders, and you will have access to training and travel opportunities, and work on high-tech equipment, that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Women are vital to the success of the Defence Force. They create a more flexible, diverse and inclusive work-force. All of our roles are open to women who are looking for a challenging and rewarding career – our organisation is full of opportunity for everybody, whatever your gender, ethnicity or interests.

Training is a core component of our business. All service personnel are required to train to a high level because we need capable, quick-thinking people who can operate effectively in often very challenging circumstances. We currently have many capable, successful women in the Defence Force, and we would like more to achieve an optimally balanced and diverse work-force.


If you’d like to find out more about what you could experience in the Defence Force, take a look at the biographies of six of our women who come from a range of backgrounds and have their own unique experience of life and work in the Navy, Army and Air Force.

Find out even more in our FAQ section. If you have a questions that haven’t been answered here, feel free to contact us on our Contact page. Or if you’d like to contact a female member of our recruitment staff, please email us at info@defencecareers.mil.nz.