Army Officer Āpiha Ope Tauā

Army officers train army soldiers, manage field exercises and lead soldiers in combat, peacekeeping missions and disaster relief. 

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.

Physical Requirements

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).

Useful Experience

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.

Personal Qualities

Army officers need to be:

  • disciplined and organised
  • confident
  • 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

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.

Subject Recommendations

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, maths, physical education and physics.

Army Officers can earn around $39K-$52K per year per year.

Army officers may progress in rank to:

  • second lieutenant
  • lieutenant
  • captain
  • major.

Army officers may specialise in: 

  • combat
  • engineering
  • intelligence
  • communications and logistics.
Army Officer

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