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To qualify for the Army, the requirements are:

  • To be medically and physically fit.

  • A New Zealand citizen, or New Zealand Residence class visa holder

  • Preferably free from criminal convictions (assessed on a case by case basis)

  • At least 16.5 years old to submit an application. You must have turned 18 years old by the time you graduate from your recruit course.

The requirements change per what course you wish to take, but the lowest education requirement is 10 credits in each NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy. If these requirements are not met, there is a free course at Open Polytechnic that allows you to gain the credits required at level one.

The New Zealand Army's prime purpose is to defend New Zealand. The army is committed loyal and passionate, protecting the country and supporting our allies. The army is a part of the New Zealand Defence Force and works closely with the Navy and Air force.

There are many army bases around New Zealand 

  • Auckland army centre Auckland

  • Papakura Military Camp, Auckland

  • Waiouru Military Camp, Waiouru

  • Linton Military Camp Palmerston North

  • Burnham Military Camp, Christchurch

Enrolling in the Army

The application process for enrolling in the Royal New Zealand Air Force is detailed but specific. The recommended time is to allow between 3-6 months for your application to be processed. This will include health checks, interviews, security checks and other assessments. Refer to the application process section for the specific requirements.

Army Fitness Tests

The Army fitness requirements are different to the Navy and the Air Force. An extended level of fitness is necessary and in order to achieve the best you can in the Army, it is recommended that you strive to be the best physically fit. The Army has a required fitness level test that is mandatory to complete, this test varies depending on your age.