Working ashore, at sea and overseas, you will train to become an expert at leading and organising the provision of supplies to our ships, bases and personnel.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Logistics and Administration
  • Location
  • Starting Trade Training
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About the role

As a Maritime Logistics Officer you work at sea and ashore both in New Zealand and foreign countries, and in conflict zones worldwide completing a wide variety of management roles. You are responsible for the provision of support to the Navy’s ships, bases and personnel, and manage supply chain systems, human resources, cash control, provision of legal advice, logistic planning, catering and food services and financial accounting. You will be overseeing staff while working as a team to ensure the efficient flow of resources.

Job on base

You will predominantly work a standard 0800 to 1600 day both at sea and ashore. Shore postings can be in any number of areas and typically you will only spend 18 months to 2 years in any one role providing variety and stimulation. These range from the Navy Supply Depot to the Aide de Comp to the NZ Governor General.

Job on deployment

On most Navy ships there is a Maritime Logistics Officer to direct and control resources and personnel. There may also be a Deputy Logistics Officer onboard and one or more Assistant Logistics Officers who have yet to complete their formal qualifications and are participating in on-the-job training. The lifestyle onboard a Navy ship is demanding but very rewarding, living and working with your friends while travelling and experiencing other cultures.

Our job is to ensure the ship has the capability it needs, like food or fuel, and other things like spare parts for engines right through to toilet paper. Making sure we've got enough of all of that, as well as looking after some more complex capabilities like aviation to support itself.

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Career progression and training

Career Progression

Basic training

Job training

Ongoing training

Your hard work, experience and training accomplishments as a Maritime Logistics Officer are rewarded by promotions in rank and salary. If you are joining with a relevant tertiary qualification, this is recognised by up to a 4 year ‘jump start’ in your career and you will be promoted to Sub-Lieutenant upon completion of Junior Officer Common Training (JOCT). On completion of JOCT you will conduct the 8 week Maritime Logistics Officer Initial Professional Course (MLOIPC) to learn the basics of Logistics Officer duties. You will then conduct at least 6 months at sea to solidify your training and complete your task book. The time before sitting the Supply Officer’s Charge Board (SOCB) and becoming a fully qualified Maritime Logistics Officer will involve a variety of training courses and on-the-job training both at sea and in ashore establishments.

Junior Officer Common Training (JOCT)

(21 weeks) Location: Devonport Naval Base

The objective of JOCT is to provide you with the core skills of military, mariner, and leadership to be an effective Officer in the Navy. The course is completed in two phases of training that train key areas of development.

Phase 1 – Introduction

This phase focuses on ‘followership’ and teamwork. Trainees are instructed in basic service knowledge, discipline, parade, and kit preparation. Physical Training will be conducted at all times throughout training to develop a high level of physical and mental fitness that promotes morale, good health, and good habits. This phase will cover various topics including:

  • Physical Fitness       
  • Service Knowledge
  • Service Discipline
  • Introduction to the Leadership Development Framework
  • Damage Control Training
  • Weapons Training
  • First Aid
  • Basic seamanship training
  • Moving to advanced application
Phase 2 – Fit for Sea

The second phase of training will focus on attributes of being in the Navy in preparation for operational service at sea. Trainees will be taught about the roles and responsibilities on board an RNZN ship. Trainees will also spend time ashore conducting academic and leadership training to further develop as a Naval Officer. This phase will cover various topics including:

  • Sea survival
  • Ship familiarisation
  • Leadership training
  • Communications skills
  • Defence and Strategic Studies

The SOIPC is approximately 8 weeks long and is designed to instil the technical skills of being a Maritime Logistics Officer. You will be trained in a full range of professional and widely used management systems including: Logistics, MYOB accounting, Budget Management, Departmental management, organisation and control, Defence Structure, Food Safety, Audit Procedures, New Zealand Defence Force Legal System, Human Resource Management, Logistics Information systems and Classified Document Processing.

After completing the Supply Officers Initial Professional Course, you will post to a ship as an Assistant Logistics Officer where you will learn the practical application of your job and become accustomed to life at sea. This practical training combines the theory from your training with the challenge of managing people and working at sea. As well as conducting specialised tasks, you will participate in general ship routines, such as Damage Control exercises, Replenishment at Sea, Man Overboard Drills, boarding operations and humanitarian assistance operations.

Those who do not post to sea immediately, work ashore in an understudy program until they are able to post to sea. All junior Logistics Officers will post to a ship to consolidate training prior to gaining their initial supply qualifications.

During this time you will also complete other pre-requisite training courses in general Officer duties such as the Divisional Management Course (DMC) and obtaining your Officer of the Day (OOD) ticket which will allow you to conduct full Officer duties on board the ship.

This time at sea culminates in the award of the Maritime Logistics Officer Competency Certificate (MLOCC) by the ship’s Commanding Officer, which is the qualification required to transition from the training environment and along with the OOD qualification, enables the Maritime Logistics Officer to be promoted to Lieutenant. As a Logistics Officer you will predominantly be posted ashore in a variety of roles both in New Zealand and abroad when not posted on board one of the RNZN warships.

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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.


Under Initial Training


Starting Trade Training


Future Potential Earnings

Figures updated on July 1st 2023

Military factor

Earn a competitive salary while training or learning your trade, along with additional allowances for time spent in the field, at sea, overseas, or deployed on operations.

In addition to salary and allowances, other benefits of joining the New Zealand Defence Force include:

Access to your Service marae or tūrangawaewae

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Free access to gyms and swimming pools on camp and bases

Opportunities to travel

Free and subsidised medical and dental care

Subsidised food and accommodation on camps and bases

Free and subsidised insurance cover

Help to buy a home and save for retirement

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


Period of Service

  • Be a minimum of 17 years of age upon entry.
  • Be free of any criminal convictions.
  • Pass an Officer Selection Board.

You must have achieved NCEA level 3 with University Entrance.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

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

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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