Defence Careers

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Note for Military candidates only.
To be a military member of the New Zealand Defence Force you will need to demonstrate that you have the right qualities and skills that we are seeking.

Candidates should allow 3-6 months for their application to be processed in a normal circumstance. This is to allow enough time for health checks, security check, assessments and interviews to be completed. Selections are then made from the pool of processed candidates in time for successful candidates to receive induction presentations before joining their intake.

The time it takes will also depend on your motivation and readiness for the various assessments. Depending on the needs of the service, Defence Recruiting reserves the right to close off applications for a specific trade when necessary, or to offer an alternative trade.

Currently serving NZDF Regular force and Reserves: all trade and service changes are to be processed through your Career Manager not this website.

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