Students experience Army life

Staff Sergeant Julian Watts provides encouragement to students participating in the Army Career Experience at Trentham Military Camp
Staff Sergeant Julian Watts encourages students at the Army Career Experience at Trentham Military Camp (WN 10-0203-00)

7 October 2010 

One Hundred North Island secondary school students sacrificed a week of their school holidays to see if they 'have what it takes' for a career in the New Zealand Army.

Students from schools around the North Island are taking part in an ‘ACE’ (Army Careers Experience) at Trentham Military Camp near Wellington and Linton Military Camp near Palmerston North.

The ACE gives students an up close and personal look at what Army life and careers are all about including activities in physical training, drill, interactive trade presentations and the NZ Army ‘extreme’ challenge.

"A career in the Army is more than just a job - it's a lifestyle. It provides adventure, travel and the best training and skills to set you up for life. There are more than 30 Army careers to choose from, from apprenticeships to careers supporting Army operations," says Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Wayne Gordon, Central Region Recruiting.

"The ACE provides a realistic and enjoyable view of career options available to students when they leave secondary school. The NZ Army promotes ethos, values and lifestyle as a key point of difference in the employment market."

Each year the Army hosts students from Year's 11, 12 or 13 in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch during the school holidays, who are interested in a career with the Army. 

"Areas the Army is specifically looking to recruit for at the moment include the medical trades, supply, electrical and ammunition technicians and communications specialists," said WO2 Gordon.

Students who attend an ACE have been identified by Army recruiters, with recommendations from school career advisors, as suitable candidates for military service because of their leadership potential and enthusiasm towards the Army.


For more information, pictures and interview requests please contact Major Kristian Dunne, Senior Media Advisor (Army) 021 478 574.  


Students attending the Army Careers Experience are from the following Regions and High Schools:

New Plymouth and Central Region - Hawera High School, Wanganui High School, Sacred Heart College, Tongariro High School, Waitara High School and Spotswood College.

Manawatu Region - New Plymouth Girls High School, Palmerston North Girls High School, Palmerston North Boys High School, Rangitikei College, Otaki College, Fielding High School, Freyberg High School, Tawara High School, Awatapu College, Manawatu College and Waiopehu College.

Wairapa, East Coast and Hawkes Bay Region - William Colenso College, Napier Girls High, Havelock North High, Iona Girls College, Lindisfarne High, Napier Boys High, Hastings Boys High, Karamu High, Ngata Memorial College, Te Waiu, Woodford House College, Hastings Boys High, Gisborne Boys High, Lytton High, Ngata Memorial College, Hastings Girls High and Tamatea High.

Wellington Region - Students are attending from the majority of all Wellington High Schools. Detailed list available on request.

New Army Jobs Website

The New Zealand Army has recently launched an Army Jobs website (

The website is interactive and lets potential recruits view different career options they have in the Army.

The website also includes a career indicator tool, information about Army life, information on Army equipment and the process potential applicants need to follow to apply to join the NZ Army.

This page was last reviewed on 17 January 2011.