Air Force's Newest Recruits Graduate

22 April 2013

Recruits take to the parade ground at Air Force Base Woodbourne.

Seventy two recruits graduated at Base Woodbourne on Friday last week, having completed the Air Force’s latest recruit course.

The graduates from Command and Recruit Training Squadron marched onto the parade ground at Base Woodbourne in front of family and friends, to be reviewed by the Defence Adviser to the Australian High Commission in Wellington, Captain Stephanie Moles of the Royal Australian Navy.

Commanding Officer RNZAF Ground Training Wing, Wing Commander Peter King said 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."

Recruit hometown locations include Mangawhai, Avondale, Pukekohe, Hamilton,

Te Awamutu, Cambridge, Hastings, Whanganui, Kaikoura, Greymouth, and Cromwell.

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.


Media wishing to interview participants, or seeking more information, are requested to contact Squadron Leader Lyn Coromandel, 021 420 899.

  • Over a 14-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 to undertake Air Force 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 2 May 2013.