New Air Force officers graduate

10/01 IOTC graduation parade, reviewing officer of the parade was Chief of Air Force, AVM G.B. Lintott.
The Reviewing Officer for the parade was Chief of Air Force, AVM Lintott (WB 10-0129-008).

12 July 2010

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) celebrated the graduation of 15 Officers from the Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC) after 22 weeks of training at Woodbourne base on Friday afternoon, 9 July.

The Reviewing Officer for the parade was Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott.

IOTC aims to develop leadership and military skills and introduce aspiring officers to the RNZAF.

Commander Training Group, Group Captain Stephen Davies Howard said IOTC prepares graduates as future Air Force leaders.

“Meeting current and future challenges require exceptional leadership, agility, flexibility, and an ability to manage, rather than avoid, risk. The graduates of 10/01 Initial Officer Training Course are ready for that challenge. They now commence the next phase of their journey towards providing today’s Air Force with the leadership and innovation needed to attain our collective future goals.”

During the parade, Officer Cadet Deane Wilson was the graduate who attained the highest overall assessment in the areas of academics, leadership skills and personal qualities. He was presented with the No. 2 Officers’ Mess Trophy and Chief of Air Force Coin,

Officer Cadet Carl Montgomery was presented with the Officer Training Course Trophy, which is awarded to the graduate who is seen, by the Initial Officer Training Directing Staff, to demonstrate the most Officer potential.

The new graduates can now look forward to being posted as pilots, engineers, air crew or into operational support positions.


For further information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group, 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

Note to editors: Photos and brief biographies of the graduates will be sent to local papers.

Background Notes:

The Initial Officer Training Course (IOTC) is a 22 week course, which is conducted as two distinct modules of eight and 14 weeks duration.  Direct entrants complete both modules, while those being commissioned from the ranks complete the second IOTC module only.

The IOTC is designed to:

  • induct personnel into military life,
  • train to the required skill and knowledge levels expected of junior officers, and
  • assess the retained knowledge, skills and attitudes required of all RNZAF Officers.

Induction to military life includes training in such areas as RNZAF history, customs, organisation and administration, foot and sword drill, weapons training, service law, defence tactics and field camps.  A strong emphasis is also placed on Defence and Strategic Studies.

Throughout the IOTC students are assessed for their knowledge, skills and attitudes.  Knowledge is generally assessed in the form of written assignments, essays, tests and tutorials. 

Skills are generally assessed via practical means such as oral presentations, range shooting, first aid and outdoor leadership exercises.  Attitudes are assessed as a series of defined core competencies that are continually monitored by all staff.

The heaviest emphasis is placed upon leadership skills and core competencies as these attributes are an integral requirement for all RNZAF Officers

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