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I would like to become a Cadet Forces officer

NZ Cadet Force officers who complete the prescribed promotion courses are now able to qualify for a range of  NZQA New Zealand Certificates if training is undertaken successfully.


It is essential that Officer candidates have demonstrated their suitability to supervise cadets in a fair and equitable manner. In addition, candidates must:

  • Be of good character;
  • Be literate;
  • Have empathy for teenagers;
  • Have demonstrated the ability to supervise and instruct teenagers;
  • Display positive leadership characteristics.
  • Be prepared to accept the responsibility and Duty of Care for cadets;
  • Be prepared to accept and abide by the NZCF Code of Behaviour;
  • Be committed to attend NZDF training courses as a student and, if considered suitable, a staff member; and
  • Be a willing volunteer to give the time commitment required for attendance at weekly unit parades and programmed weekend activities.


is desirable that an Officer candidate:

  • Be physically fit and active.
  • Possess military or Cadet Forces knowledge. This can be learned at unit level over the first 20 weeks.
  • Possess the personal qualities to effectively foster the qualities of leadership and responsible citizenship;
  • For Sea Cadet Corps, possess some knowledge of maritime activities;
  • For NZ Cadet Corps, possess some knowledge of outdoor activities;
  • For Air Training Corps, possess some knowledge of aviation activities.

Applicants for Cadet Forces Officer commissions are to attend unit routine parade activities for a period of at least 20 parades before completing an application form for a probationary commission.


Cadet Force officers are unpaid volunteers. However, you do get paid when attending NZCF authorised courses as a student or a staff member.

Age Limitations

Applications from persons applying for a commission in the New Zealand Cadet Forces will not normally be accepted under the age of 20 years, unless in exceptional cases.

This page was last reviewed on 19 January 2016, and is current.