16 February 2016
More than 100 new officer recruits will march out from the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC) on Friday at Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base Woodbourne.
The 112 trainees includes 31 female officer recruits, and is the highest number of women to have successfully undertaken the course since it began in 2014.
The six week course brings together officer recruits from Navy, Army, and Air Force and includes core military training and preparation from each service in one integrated environment.
The cadets have spent time studying the history of the armed forces in New Zealand, a leadership programme focussed on NZDF’s ethos and values, accountability and positive culture, as well as initial weapons training and fitness.
The number of female recruits is more than double the number that were on the first course. Eight of the recruits are from the Navy, 18 from Army and three from Air Force. One female officer from Papua New Guinea and one from Singapore also attended the training.
JOIC Chief Instructor Lieutenant (LT) Joshua Aperahama said the skills recruits have learnt will set them up for success in their chosen service.
“The skills learnt are integral to all services within the NZDF as they provide a base for all other skills to be built on.”
“At a fundamental level, the NZDF requires all service personnel to take care of themselves and those around them, before up-skilling to improve their contribution to New Zealand and its wider interests.”
LT Aperhmana said that gender diversity allows for the NZDF to be more reflective of society and those who we engage with.
“The more multi-faceted we can be as a Defence Force means that we will be more effective for our partners and ultimately for New Zealand,” he said.
Wing Commander Mike Salvador said the training areas in Woodbourne are perfect for providing challenging leadership and adventurous training activities for the young cadets.
“The areas surrounding Base Woodbourne have been used for decades and have proved to be safe environments with the diversity to cater for all service’s current and future needs.”
The training offered by the JOIC at Base Woodbourne is crucial for any young officer at the start of their career with the NZDF. The skills learnt and networks developed across all three services ensure that all graduates are ready to step in to the NZDF as the next generation of leaders.
The next JOIC course will take place mid 2016 at Base Woodbourne and will involve officer cadets from Navy and Air Force.
Where: RNZAF Base Woodbourne
Date: Friday, 19 February 2016
For further information, please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980