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Take up the challenge of operating a variety of specialised military communication networks, keeping us in contact in a wide variety of exciting situations.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Intelligence, IT and Communications
  • Location
  • Starting Salary
  • Upcoming Intake
    31 August, 2020
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About the role

The primary role of a naval Communications Warfare Specialist is to provide secure, reliable and effective communications using Tactical, Strategic and Information Technology (IT) for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) within New Zealand and deployments overseas.

Communications Warfare Specialists utilise and administer a variety of specialised networks in a secure classified environment which include, Satellite, LAN/WAN, Radio Networks and Warfare Manoeuvring (Visual Morse Code by flashing light and Tactical flag signalling).

Job on base

On completion of initial communication training you can be employed at either the Defence Communications Station (DEFCOMMSTA) located in Devonport or on a variety of deployed operational platforms to continue your specialised trade development.

Job on deployment

Whilst on a deployed platform you will also have the opportunity to train and be involved in a variety of dedicated teams, which include Force Protection, Boarding Party and Amphibious Task Force Operations.

Due to the requirement of maintaining continuous Communication Networks for the NZDF, all Communications Warfare Specialists are required to work rostered shift rotations.

Whilst at sea you will be responsible for inter-ship and ship-to-shore communications. The responsibility of flags, lights and all outgoing communications of all varieties fall on the shoulders of the Communications Warfare Specialist due to their specialist knowledge.

Career progression and training

Basic Training
Job Training
Ongoing Training

Upon successful enlistment into the Navy you’ll be posted to Devonport Navy base in Auckland. Here you will do complete your basic training.

On graduation from BCTs you will conduct 24 weeks of Basic Branch Training (BBTs) comprising of:

  • Radio Networking;
  • Visual and Tactical Communications; and
  • IT Industry Training which includes:
  • CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA – NetworkFundamentals)

On successful completion of BBTs you will join the fleet as a Communications Warfare Specialist and continue with On Job Training (OJT). Employment opportunities for Communications Warfare Specialist exist on a rotational basis either ashore, at sea or deployed missions; whether you are carrying out long range Combat missions, conducting Support roles in the pacific, Search and Rescue operations or patrolling NZ’s territorial waters.

Throughout your career you will continue to gain experience and be provided with the resources necessary to work in the Communication, Information and Warfare environment which includes IT industry training through the NZDF IT Academy CCNA 1-4 additional Trade Training as well as Command and Management courses for personal, professional and promotional advancement.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Navy are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.




Starting Salary


Higher Rank

Benefits and allowances

There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Entry requirements

Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.
  • You must be free of any criminal convictions.

You must have achieved the NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSV security clearance for this trade. You must be free of any criminal convictions.

Find out if you’re eligible here.


There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.

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