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.
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.