Air Force Airman/Airwoman Tangata Tauārangi

Air Force airmen/airwomen defend their country, keep the peace and provide disaster relief.

Air force airmen/airwomen may do some or all of the following:

  • operate and maintain military equipment, including weapons, radios and vehicles
  • take part in combat
  • load and unload supplies
  • train in areas such as navigation, first aid and fitness
  • take part in ceremonial events such as parades
  • take part in peacekeeping operations
  • participate in wartime-scenario training exercises
  • help in search and rescue efforts and as part of disaster relief efforts in New Zealand and overseas.

Air force airmen/airwomen also train in a specific role or trade, such as aircraft technician with specific tasks and duties related to the role.

Physical Requirements

Airforce airmen/airwomen must pass Air Force fitness tests, so they need to be fit, healthy and strong, with good hearing and eyesight (with or without corrective lenses). Some positions require you to have normal colour vision.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for air force airmen/airwomen includes:

  • training as a soldier in the Territorial Force/Army Reserve
  • involvement in youth organisations such as Scouts and Cadets
  • work or sporting experience in a team environment
  • experience in a trade such as automotive mechanics or electrical engineering.

Personal Qualities

Air force airmen/airwomen need to be:

  • disciplined and able to follow instructions
  • careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • efficient and able to work well under pressure
  • practical and adaptable
  • able to work well in a team.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for air force airmen/airwomen includes:

  • training as a soldier in the Territorial Force/Army Reserve
  • involvement in youth organisations such as Scouts and Cadets
  • work or sporting experience in a team environment
  • experience in a trade such as automotive mechanics or electrical engineering.

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is required, and you need 10 credits in NCEA literacy and numeracy. Some specialist trades require you to have 12 credits in NCEA Level 1 or 2 science, maths or English.

Useful subjects include construction and mechanical technologies, digital technologies, maths, physical education and physics.

Air Force Airman/Airwomans can earn around $40K per year per year.

Air force airmen/airwomen may progress in rank to:

  • aircraftsman
  • leading aircraftsman
  • corporal
  • sergeant
  • flight sergeant
  • warrant officer.

With further training, air force airmen/airwomen may progress to become air force officers.

Air force airmen/airwomen may specialise in: 

  • aviation
  • combat and security
  • engineering and technical trades
  • hospitality
  • intelligence, IT and communications
  • logistics and administration
  • medical and health.

 

Air Force Airman/Airwoman

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