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Moving and managing military hardware, supplies and personnel requires quick thinkers and cool heads. Take the lead in this role that offers travel and challenges.

  • Service
    Air Force
  • Specialisation
    Logistics and Administration
  • Location
  • Starting Trade Training
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About the role

The Logistics Branch is one of the principal components of the RNZAF. There is a diverse range of duties including operational logistics planning and support, supply chain and contract management, air movements and freight distribution, and distribution of aviation fuel. As a Logistics Officer you will be involved in all levels of problem-solving and leading teams of personnel. You will be working with sophisticated accounting and inventory management systems equivalent to any in modern business. In addition to supporting aircraft operations both here and overseas, you will work very closely with counterparts within the NZ Army and Navy, planning and delivering support to a broad range of New Zealand Defence Force operations world-wide.

The Air Force makes extensive use of commercial partnerships with external industry. Therefore, contracting and contract management are important aspects of your role.

As an Officer, you’ll also be expected to undertake the full range of duties associated with military service.

Career Progression and training

Basic Training

Job Training

Ongoing Training

RNZAF Officer Commissioning Course (ROC)

(26 weeks) Location: RNZAF Base Woodbourne

All individuals selected to become Commissioned Officers in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) are required to complete this course. It is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and experience necessary for commissioned service and the beginning of a career in leadership. This course will cover various subjects including:

  • RNZAF Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Law
  • Military Field Skills and Weapons Training
  • Defence and Strategic Studies
  • Personnel Administration
  • Communication Skills
  • Command, Leadership and Management
  • First Aid

In order to ensure you are equipped to undertake the varied role of a Logistics Officer in the RNZAF, specialist training will be a regular feature of your career. Training is provided through a variety of ways, including residential courses, experiential on-the-job training, courses with other Armed Forces, and post-graduate training at university.

Initially, you will build on your current business-related degree and complete the Junior Logisitics Officers Course, after successful completion of your Initial Officer Training Course. This course will prepare you for your responsibilities as a junior Logistics officer and is conducted at RNZAF Base Woodbourne. The course is two months long, and the content includes logistics and supply fundamentals such as airworthiness controls, aeronautical supply, inventory management, procurement, and material handling, and will provide you with a good understanding of our organisation.

Other specialist courses will prepare you for roles such as leading an Air movements section – the preparation and management of moving people and equipment by military aircraft, leading an Aviation Refuelling section, or leading a Supply Chain.


Logistics officers also have the opportunity to undertake postgraduate training, returning to university fulltime for a year. Some will be selected to complete a Masters. This is designed to give you a wealth of knowledge on logistics and procurement matters and expand on your professional knowledge.

Throughout your career you will undertake a wide variety of military logistics supply chain management, contracting and procurement to ensure you remain thoroughly prepared to undertake the various opportunities and challenges that will come your way.



As part of your professional development, the Air Force actively encourages you to be a member of a professional body such as the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, or the Institute for Supply Management, paying for membership fees and participation in professional body education programmes.


As well as the courses listed above, you will also be required to complete a series of three short courses which continue your training in command, leadership and management. All officers are required to complete these courses covering service writing, staff skills and professional military education before being eligible for promotion beyond Flight Lieutenant.

There are also two advanced training courses at the New Zealand Defence Force Command and Staff College at Trentham Military Camp (Wellington). Both courses comprise a mixture of visiting lecturers, tutored discussion groups, visits and individual study to give you the skills you need to progress your career.

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Salary and benefits

Careers in the Air Force are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.


Under Initial Training


Starting Trade Training


Future Potential Earnings

Figures updated on July 1st 2023

Military Factor

Earn a competitive salary while training or learning your trade, along with additional allowances for time spent in the field, at sea, overseas, or deployed on operations.

In addition to salary and allowances, other benefits of joining the New Zealand Defence Force include:

Access to your Service marae or tūrangawaewae

Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels

Free access to gyms and swimming pools on camp and bases

Opportunities to travel

Free and subsidised medical and dental care

Subsidised food and accommodation on camps and bases

Free and subsidised insurance cover

Help to buy a home and save for retirement

Entry requirements



Fitness and Medical


Period of Service

  • You must be 17 years or older
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.

Minimum Level 7 (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Diploma or Bachelor Degree) Tertiary Qualification in a relevant field.

Relevant fields include Commerce, Business, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Economics, Management, Accounting, or similar.

View our tertiary scholarship programmes >

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required SV security clearance for this trade.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

There may be a return of service period for this trade.

Please contact our 0800 number or talk to your Candidate Experience Facilitator for more information.


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