Air Force's Newest Recruits Graduate

9 August 2013

Forty nine recruits graduated at Base Woodbourne today, 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 Chief Operating Officer of the Defence Force, Mr Will Peet.

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 Royal New Zealand Air Force (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 begin exciting and rewarding careers."

Recruit hometown locations include Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Rangitikei, Taranaki, Wairarapa, Kapiti, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury, Otago and the Catlins.

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, 020 401 19788.

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

  • 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, and field training.
  • 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 9 August 2013.