Navy Sailor Kaumoana Tauā Moana

Navy sailors defend their country, keep the peace, patrol borders and provide disaster relief.

Navy sailors may do some or all of the following:

  • operate and maintain military equipment, including weapons and radios
  • clean, paint and repair ships and vehicles
  • patrol coastal borders
  • take part in combat
  • load and unload supplies, sometimes across ships at sea
  • train in areas such as navigation, first aid, and fitness
  • take part in ceremonial events such as parades
  • take part in peacekeeping operations 
  • participate in wartime-scenario training exercises
  • help in search and rescue operations, and disaster relief efforts in New Zealand and overseas.

Navy sailors also train in a specific role or trade, such as weapon technician, steward or medic.

Physical Requirements

Sailors must pass Navy fitness tests, so they need to be fit, healthy and strong, with good hearing and eyesight (with or without corrective lenses). Some positions require you to have normal colour vision.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for navy sailors includes:

  • training as a soldier in the Territorial Force/Army Reserve
  • involvement in youth organisations such as Sea Scouts and Cadets
  • experience at sea
  • work or sporting experience in a team environment
  • experience in a trade such as mechanical or electrical engineering.

Personal Qualities

Navy sailors need to be:

  • disciplined and able to follow instructions
  • careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • efficient and able to work well under pressure
  • practical and adaptable
  • able to work well in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for navy sailors includes:

  • training as a soldier in the Territorial Force/Army Reserve
  • involvement in youth organisations such as Sea Scouts and Cadets
  • experience at sea
  • work or sporting experience in a team environment
  • experience in a trade such as mechanical or electrical engineering.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 1 with 10 credits in literacy and numeracy is required for this job. Useful subjects include construction and mechanical technologies, digital technologies, English, mathematics, physical education and physics.

Navy Sailors can earn around $39K per year per year.

Navy sailors may progress in rank to:

  • ordinary and able rate
  • leading hand
  • petty officer
  • chief petty officer
  • warrant officer.

With further training, navy sailors can become commissioned officers.

Navy sailors may specialise in: 

  • aviation
  • combat and security
  • engineering and technical trades
  • hospitality
  • intelligence, IT and communications
  • logistics and administration
  • medical and health.
Navy Sailor

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