Air Force recruits graduate with flying colours

20110421_WB_N1026341_0068.jpg: The recruits take to the parade ground at Air Force Base Woodbourne
Recruits take to the parade ground at Air Force Base Woodbourne [20110421_WB_N1026341_0068]

26 April 2011

After 13 weeks of training, 47 Air Force recruits from Command and Recruit Training Squadron proudly marched onto the parade ground at Air Force Base Woodbourne for their graduation parade held recently.

The Reviewing Officer for the parade was Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Lintott, who was attending his final recruit graduation as Chief of Air Force.

The parade included a drill display, a physical training display and a performance of the RNZAF Haka, Ko Te Taua-A-Rangi. Taua-A-Rangi means ‘war party of the sky’.

Commanding Officer Ground Training Wing, Wing Commander Nigel Sainsbury said the training the recruits receive is challenging and is designed to prepare new enlistees for service in the RNZAF.

“These graduates have proved worthy of the challenge and deserve to share a great sense of personal and corporate pride as they celebrate their success and look to the future.”

The new graduates can now look forward to further specialist training in any one of the Air Force’s diverse technical trades or as aircrew.


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

Note to Editors: Biographies of the trophy winners from the course will be sent to local papers.

  • On 14 April 2003 Command Training Squadron and General Service Training Squadron amalgamated to form one unit, Command and Recruit Training Squadron. The new Squadron is made up of three flights, Recruit Training Flight (RTF), Non-Commissioned Officer Training Flight (NTF) and Command Training Flight (CTF).
  • Recruit Training Flight is responsible for the Induction and Basic Military Training of all other ranks personnel. 
  • In January 2010 NTF and CTF amalgamated to form Leadership Development Flight (LDF) – the Centre of Excellence for RNZAF leadership training. At the same time RTF became the Military Induction Training Section (MITS) and is now responsible for induction training for Air Force Cadets and Officer Cadets. MITS is part of Operational Development Flight along with the Force Protection Training Section.
  • Over a 13-week training programme the essentials of Discipline, Teamwork, General Service Knowledge and Military Skills are taught so that at the end of the course graduates are capable of taking their place in the Air Force, in peace and on operations.  The course is also designed to enable trainees to be fully prepared for trade training.  The course is a mix of academic and practical subjects.  Field training is carried out at Dip Flat Camp. 
  • While at Woodbourne, recruits live in 16-person dormitories where they learn to develop teamwork, tolerance, discipline and respect for others.


This page was last reviewed on 26 April 2011.