Legal Officer

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About the role Career progression and training Salary and benefits Entry requirements

Not many legal specialists get trained to lead teams of people in all kinds of situations, handle weapons and develop problem-solving, adventure and outdoor skills. As a Legal Advisor, your career can vary greatly depending on what appointment you hold, but you could find yourself working in areas such as Military law, military and civilian employment law or human rights and privacy law. Service

Air Force





About the role Legal Advisors (LEGADs) in the New Zealand Defence Force work in what could be best described as a ‘Specialised General Practice. As a Military Legal Advisor, your career can vary greatly depending on what appointment you hold, but the principal areas in which you can practice are:

Military law

Military and civilian employment law

The law of armed conflict and other international and domestic law applicable to the operations of the Armed Forces

Human rights and privacy law

Contract law

From time to time you will be required to appear for the Crown in the Court Martial of New Zealand or other courts and tribunals, such as the Summary Appeal Court of New Zealand or a coroner’s inquest. There are periodic opportunities for exchanges with military lawyers in Australia, Canada and the UK, as well as occasional overseas training opportunities in areas such as the law of armed conflict.

The majority of your career as a Legal Advisor will be spent in a tri-service environment. This means that Legal Officers often spend their careers at various defence establishments and your work colleagues can be Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilian.

Career progression and training Basic Training Job Training Ongoing Training Following successful completion of the Initial Officer Induction Course (IOTC), you will typically be promoted to Flying Officer and posted to one of the Defence Force’s legal offices for on the job training as a military lawyer. These offices are currently located in Auckland, Waiouru, Palmerston North, Wellington and Burnham. You can expect to be posted to other junior appointments in other Defence Force establishments in the early stages of your career. You will be promoted to Flight Lieutenant upon completion of all relevant courses and necessary time in rank. There may be opportunities for operational deployments around the world, and exchanges with other Military Forces including in the UK, Canada and Australia.

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.

$42,377 $71,837 $147,309 Higher Rank

Benefits and allowances There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.

For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.

Free medical and dental Access to subsidised equipment on base Subsidised food on base Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with Kiwisaver Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels Entry requirements Basics Education Fitness and Medical Period of Service Be a minimum of 17 years of age

Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain  SV security clearance  for this trade

Be of good character – assessed by study of testimonials and a police record check

You must be free of any criminal convictions for the previous two years or that preclude you holding a practising certificate.


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