Air Force's Newest Recruits Graduate

15/01 Recruit Graduation Parade - Air Force Chaplain, WGCDR Anthony Hawes, and his son, Tim Hawes, who graduated from the 15/01 recruit course
Air Force Chaplain, WGCDR Anthony Hawes, and his son, Tim Hawes, who graduated from the 15/01 recruit course

22 April 2015

Forty six recruits graduated today at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Woodbourne near Blenheim, 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 to be reviewed by the Assistant Chief of Air Force (Training and Support), Group Captain Colin Marshall, in front of family and friends attending the graduation from all around the country.

Base Commander of RNZAF Base Woodbourne, Wing Commander Mike Salvador said, “Recruit training is designed to prepare new enlistees for service in the RNZAF.

“The recruit course is not easy and it challenges those who complete it.

“The self-confidence, discipline and responsibility that the course instils in our airmen and airwomen will equip them to tackle the further demands of their specialist Air Force training.

“Today’s graduates have proven worthy of that challenge and deserve to feel a great sense of personal and corporate pride as they celebrate their success and look forward to rewarding careers,” said Wing Commander Salvador.

The course is one of the most diverse ever for recruit birth places, including Alexandria, Arizona, Chelmsford, Dorchester, Ermelo, Inverness, Lautoka, Malaga, Newcastle on Tyne, Rarotonga, and Tofoa, as well as more traditional locations within New Zealand including Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisbourne, Greymouth, Hamilton, Hastings, Invercargill, Kaitaia, Lower Hutt, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Whakatane, Whanganui, and Whangarei.

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 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

Background information:

  • 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 23 April 2015.