Welcome to NZDF

The New Zealand Defence Force comprises of nearly 14,000 people. This includes around 8,800 Regular Force, 2,200 Reserve Force, and 2,900 civil staff members across the armed services of Navy, Army and Air Force.


Latest News 

Soldiers from the New Zealand Army's 1 Brigade jump off an armoured personnel carrier as they launch an attack on 'enemy' lines during Exercise Hamel, the Australian Army's annual foundation warfighting exercise which runs from 7 July to 1 August 2014. Around 260 New Zealand troops are training alongside 4600 Australian and American soldiers in the 25-day warfighting exercise in Townsville in northern Queensland

29 July 2014

Around 260 New Zealand troops are on a 25-day Australian-led warfighting exercise in Townsville, Northern Queensland. The NZ Army’s participation in Exercise Hamel reinforces the close relationship between the Australian Defence Force and the New Zealand Defence Force.

NZ Troops hone their skills in Queensland

Media Releases

This section offers the latest Defence Force news. We regularly issue statements and background information to the media.

Personnel archives.

Personnel Records at NZDF Archives

This section provides information about how to apply for military service records from NZDF Archives, what to expect from the files and where to go for further information.

Deployment map.

Overseas Deployments

There are currently 58 NZDF personnel deployed on seven operations and UN missions across nine countries.