Welcome to NZDF

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


Latest News 

One of the first Royal New Zealand Air Force T-6C Texan II new pilot training aircraft to arrive in the country. The aircraft are being delivered by the manufacturer Beechcraft Defence Systems and will be formally handed over to the RNZAF on 31 October

25 August 2014

The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s first two new pilot training aircraft, the Beechcraft T-6C Texan II arrived at their new home, RNZAF Base Ohakea on Friday 22 August. They are the first of 11 aircraft that will be used as the new pilot training aircraft from 2016, replacing the current CT-4E Airtrainers.

First Two New Pilot Training Aircraft Arrive

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 193 NZDF personnel deployed on nine operations and UN missions across ten countries.