Air Force's Newest Recruits Graduate

14 December 2012

Minister of Defence, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman reviews the graduation parade for the Air Force at RNZAF Base Woodbourne.

After 14 weeks of training, 41 recruits graduated today having completed the Air Force’s latest recruit course.

The graduates from Command and Recruit Training Squadron marched onto the parade ground at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Woodbourne in front of family and friends, to be reviewed by the Honourable Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Defence.

Commanding Officer RNZAF Ground Training Wing, Wing Commander Peter King says, "The training that recruits receive is challenging and is designed to prepare new enlistees for service in the RNZAF.

"Those who graduate from the Command and Recruit Training Squadron are now well prepared to serve the RNZAF and the wider community. The course is not easy; it demands a lot from those who go through it.

"These graduates have met the challenges and requirements of the course and deserve to share a great sense of personal and Service pride as they celebrate their success and look to the future. They now face exciting and rewarding careers."

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’.

The new graduates will now commence specialist training in one of the Air Force’s diverse operational support, technical, or aircrew trades.


Background to the Course:

  • 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 fully prepare trainees for Air Force trade training.
  • The course is a mix of academic and practical subjects. Field training is carried out at Dip Flat Camp.
  • Whilst 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 17 December 2012.