Help the Army outsmart the enemy, safeguard Army secrets and give commanders the information they need to make the right decisions.

  • Service
  • Specialisation
    Intelligence, IT and Communications
  • Location
    Papakura, Linton, Trentham, Burnham
  • Starting Trade Training
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About the role

Intelligence Operators fulfil an important role in the New Zealand Army. They gather and process information to assist decision making. This is done in conjunction with both the Navy and Air Force, and there are opportunities to work with other government agencies.


  • Record, collate and process information from a variety of sources, following the "Intelligence Cycle": Direction, Collection, Processing and Dissemination
  • Conduct analysis of the operational environment and threat in order to inform decision-making
  • Provide security advice to commanders
  • Help prevent the enemy from being able to predict what we are going to do
  • Work in small teams to produce quality intelligence products in short time frames
  • Work closely with other units, including other NZ Army combat Corps and Special Operations Forces

From early on in your career you will be briefing military commanders and what you say will influence their decisions. You will have the chance to develop new skills and meet new challenges as your career progresses.

If you think you have what it takes, you will need to attend an Intelligence Operator Selection Board to be considered for the role.

Job on base

Your day-to-day responsibilities as an Intelligence Operator in camp will see you developing the skills required to support commanders on operations. You will work as part of an intelligence team while you hone your skills, using operational equipment and practice the techniques of Intelligence analysis in live scenarios.

As well as your day to day responsibilities as an Intelligence Operator, you will also continue to develop the key soldier skills of weapons handling, medical and radio/communications training, and physical fitness.

Job on deployment

As an Intelligence Operator you will have the opportunity to deploy wherever the Army goes. You will use your skills to analyse the multi-dimensional operating space and maintain situational awareness. You will then be responsible for compiling intelligence product and reporting your findings to commanders to ensure they have the most accurate information to make the most informed decisions.

Career progression and training

Basic Training

Job Training

Ongoing Training

Specialist Training

Upon successful enlistment into the Army you’ll be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have got what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:

  • Organisation and Administration
  • Army Customs and Protocol
  • Drill and Parades
  • Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
  • First Aid
  • Physical Fitness

On completion of Basic Training you will post to Linton Military Camp. Here you will prepare for Corps training by developing an understanding of the basic concepts and skills required by conducting on-the-job training.


New Zealand Intelligence Corps (NZIC) Corps training is completed at the School of Military Intelligence and Security in Palmerston North. This course takes four months to complete and is split into different components, including: intelligence support to conventional and contemporary operations, de-briefing and security.


Until you complete your Basic Intelligence and Security Courses, your performance will be monitored by senior members of the NZIC. You can expect to be periodically evaluated to ensure you continue to develop and display the character and qualities required of an Intelligence Operator.


After completion of Corps training, there will be numerous opportunities to further develop your ability as an Intelligence Operator. This includes unit based training, military exercises and postings to various roles. The exercises you will participate in will take place both in New Zealand and overseas.

As you progress through your career there is the opportunity to complete more advanced intelligence and security courses which provide soldiers with NZQA qualifications recognised throughout New Zealand:

- New Zealand Certificate in Intelligence [Collation Strand] (Level 5)

- New Zealand Diploma in Intelligence Analysis (Level 6)




There are several specialist skills within the NZIC which you will have the opportunity to pursue. These include:

- Human Intelligence

- Geospatial Intelligence

- Imagery Intelligence

- Open-Source Intelligence

- Protective Security

Intelligence Operators often spend several years in Combat Intelligence, building knowledge and understanding within the organisation, before specialising. The analytical skills learned in Combat Intelligence will give you an excellent foundation as you move into the more specialised roles.

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Salary and benefits

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


Under Initial Training


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Potential Future Earnings

Figures updated on July 1st 2023

Benefits and allowances

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 18 years old upon completion of recruit course.
  • You must have been a NZ Citizen for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain TSV security clearance for this trade.
  • You must pass a full Psychological Assessment.
  • Complete a 10 year background history check that can be checked with the New Zealand authorities to obtain high level security clearance.
  • Driver's Licence: A Class 1 restricted driver's licence is recommended, but is not compulsory.
  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required TSV security clearance for this trade, including having been a New Zealand citizen for at least 10 years. 

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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