NZ Defence Force & Police

General requirements

To apply for a career with the New Zealand Defence Force (Army, Navy or Air Force), you need to be:

  • At least 16.5 years of age
  • Medically and physically fit
  • A NZ citizen or resident

To apply to the New Zealand Police, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old when you start (can apply at 17)
  • A NZ citizen or resident
  • Physically fit with good eyesight
  • A holder of a full NZ Driver’s Licence

For full details about the roles, recruitment process and training involved, click the icons: