Pay for army officers varies depending on specialist trade, experience and rank.
Officer cadets usually earn between minimum wage and $51,000 a year.
Lieutenants can earn between $52,000 to $84,000.
Captains can earn between $77,000 to $103,000.
Majors can earn between $80,000 to $120,000.
Army officers may also get food and accommodation allowances and free medical and dental care.
Source : New Zealand Defence Force, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Army officers may do some or all of the following :
organise and conduct training
instruct and lead troops during training exercises and on deployment
budget, and manage resources assigned to them
operate and maintain army equipment
help in search and rescue operations, and disaster relief efforts in New Zealand and overseas
train soldiers in fitness, first aid and combat.
Army officers also have duties related to their area of specialisation. For example, engineering officers oversee the erection of bridges, and construction and maintenance of roads.
Skills and knowledge
Army officers need to have :
leadership, management and budgeting skills
knowledge of army regulations, tactics and protocol, including health and safety, ethics, and conduct
knowledge of drills and parade requirements
knowledge of how to operate and maintain weapons and radio equipment
problem solving skills
first aid and rescue skills.
Army officers also need to have skills and knowledge related to their field of specialisation or trade. For example, medical officers need knowledge of emergency care, nursing and surgical methods.
Army officers :
usually work regular business hours but may be expected to work long or irregular hours on training exercises or when on deployment
work and train at military camps in New Zealand and overseas
work in all weather conditions and may have to work in combat situations
may spend long periods away from home on overseas assignments.
To be eligible for Army officer basic training you need to :
be at least 17 years old
have no criminal convictions
have a minimum of NCEA Level 2 with 12 credits in English
hold a current and clean driver's licence
be medically and physically fit
be a New Zealand citizen, or a New Zealand residence class visa holder.
If you meet the criteria, you also need to :
pass aptitude and fitness tests
attend a formal interview for your selected trade (area of specialisation).
Some trades differ in their age requirements, and may require you to have NCEA credits in specific subjects or a tertiary degree.
New officer cadets are posted to RNZAF Woodbourne base to complete a seven-week Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC).
After the JOIC, cadets are posted to Waiouru Army Camp for 11 months to complete the New Zealand Commissioning Course and be commissioned as an officer in the New Zealand Army.
NCEA Level 2 with a minimum of 12 credits in English is required for this job. Useful subjects include construction and mechanical technologies, digital technologies, mathematics, physical education and physics.
Army officers need to be :
disciplined and organised
careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
efficient and able to work well under pressure
able to manage and lead people
able to solve problems and make decisions
able to give instructions well.
Useful experience for army officers includes :
training as a soldier in the Territorial Force / Army Reserve
involvement in youth organisations such as Scouts and Cadets
work or sporting experience in a team environment
experience in a trade, such as automotive mechanics, carpentry or plumbing.
Army officers need to be able to pass Army fitness tests, so they should be fit, healthy and strong, with good hearing and eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).