NZ Defence Academy

The concept of the NZ Defence Academy is a combination of military tertiary educational facility and personnel department. This is tied directly towards tracking and developing skills which are, under the new structure, the basis of remuneration.

Increasingly the civilian world offers more and better courses than the military can or should provide itself. Civilians are happy to pay money to learn skills the military have previously taught for nothing. In this environment there is no good reason for military duplication.  If people are willing to pay to learn these skills from civilian agencies the defence force should let them.

The Defence Academy is structured as a Military University. Some elements of the Academy are intended to generate income through commercial activity. Others only sell their services to the Defence Force or other defence forces. The Defence Academy also can enter into reciprocal arrangements with other military colleges. 

The Defence Academy has the following cost and profit centers.

NZDF Personnel Skills Development Registry
Youth Development Corps
Survival Training Center
Infantry Training School
NZDF Reserves Debt Scheme
Military Flight Training School


NZDF Personnel Skills Development Registry

The Skills Development Registry is a record of the skills and qualities of all NZDF personnel. It includes NCEA, University, military and other skills and qualifications records. It also includes criminal and driving records, some psychiatric assessments and medical records. It does not include non NZDF employment records. It's object is to provide an integrated picture of personnel capabilities both for field commanders but also later for civilian employers.


Youth Development Corps

This combines the Cadet Corps, Sea Cadets and Air Training Cadets into a slightly different organisation with a focus on providing more focus on at-risk youth. The object is to provide opportunities that deprived families may not be able to offer while at the same time injecting notions of discipline, teamwork and responsibility. There is less emphasis on drill and more emphasis on outdoor activities and self reliance. The corps also works with Police, church groups, social and sporting organisations and CYPS to offer young people safe escape routes where family support is questionable or non-existent. To join YDC Cadets must waive privacy limitations to be placed on the NZDF skills Registry which can provide potential employers with insights into their development and employability.


Survival Training Center

The main deliverable of the Survival Training Center is people trained in field survival techniques which are the necessary precursor to the Infantry Training School. STC courses are part of the NCEA framework and can be delivered by accredited outdoor education facilities. The STC also runs courses itself as part of its on-going course assessment and development. Those passing STC NCEA level 1 have the option of registering on the personnel skills development register. Courses include: First Aid; Paramedic; Bushcraft; Diving; Sea Survival; Alpine Survival; Search and Rescue; Urban Survival; USAR; Firearms Safety; Hunting.


Infantry Training School

All recruits accepted into the NZ Army must achieve STC NCEA level 2 and pass through the two year Infantry Training School induction process. The ITS is concerned with training light infantry in teamwork, close combat, marksmanship, and military systems.


NZDF Reserves Debt Scheme

Under this scheme the NZDF pays the student loan debts of personnel who remain available as reserve troops.


The NZ Command and Staff College

Already exists and although it would probably actively lobby against this site, still, obviously has an important role to play.


Military Flight Training School


The military flight training school trains pilots for military flying. As part of its training it can also provide other services such as transport and air ambulance services. It would operate the following aircraft:

6 Texan II trainers (half current)
4 Super King Beechcraft trainers, 1 fitted as air ambulance
2 CASA 212 parachute training aircraft
2 Embraer Legacy 600 jets part fitted as air ambulance for 4 casualties, 2 attendants and 16 executive seating
3 A109M helicopters
2 MH-60S helicopters
2 SH-2G Seasprites



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