NZDF

New Generation of Army Graduates

30 May 2013
Commander Joint Forces NZ, Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short inspects the graduating company.

Commander Joint Forces NZ, Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short inspects the graduating company.

More than a hundred fully fledged soldiers marched out from the New Zealand Army’s All Arms Recruit Course (AARC) 367, in freezing temperatures at Waiouru Military Camp yesterday.

The latest generation of Army brothers and sisters in RAFAH Company showcased everything they had learned over the 16 week training course. The one hour parade, included demonstrations of hand to hand combat skills, field and battle-craft and drill.

With snow surrounding the parade ground and many families struggling through the adverse weather conditions to get to Waiouru on time to see their loved ones march out, Commander Joint Forces NZ, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Kevin Short said everyone should be immensely proud of what the group had achieved.

"Army operations are held in a myriad of places and can only be achieved by using the skills you have learned. We have a global expectation of outstanding achievement and this is the first step in your military careers," AVM Short said.

He also thanked the friends and family who had supported the soldiers during their training.

"That shows the support the Defence Force has throughout New Zealand."

He said the New Zealand Army was more modern and sophisticated than ever and its people were well trained and well respected among its international friends.

And while the crowd were being shown how well trained their family members were in drill techniques, they got to see the fun side of the New Zealand Army when the top drill platoon broke into a few dance moves from Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

New Zealand Army’s All Arms Recruit Course 368 will march out in June.

AARC 367 Award Winners

Top Shot Award - Private Samantha Gerretzen.

Morehu ‘Moot’ Maurice Gedye Memorial Trophy – Private Nicodemus Basabas.

Top Recruit – PrivateRyan Turner.

Sergeant Major of the Army Award – PrivateTaiaha Mangu.

As well as the top recruits receiving awards, Lance Corporal Daniel Kaihe (RNZALR) was awarded the Bombadier Alex McDonald Memorial Trophy.


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For more information, contact Emma Horsley, Defence Communications Group on 021 409 033

This page was last reviewed on 19 June 2013.