Frequently Asked Question

Can both girls and boys join?

Yes

What if i move town, can I join another unit?

Yes, there are over 98 units in New Zealand that you could transfer to.

How safe is my child?

Your child’s safety is our top priority accepting that no activity can be entirely risk free. NZCF Officers undergo to minimise risk for your child while involved in NZCF activities.

How much does it cost?

Unit term fees is $40 or $160 in full.  Please contact the Unit you are interested in joining for further details as each unit varies in cost.

How old do you have to be to join Cadets and where do you join?

You can join if you are 13 (thirteen) years of age or in Year 9 at Secondary School. You join the New Zealand Cadet Forces by  enrolling with your local Unit .

Can I get NZQA credits for my learning while in Cadets?

Yes. The New Zealand Cadet Forces has been instrumental in establishing an NZQA National Certificate in Cadet Forces – Foundation studies (Level 2).
Many cadet units are incorporating NZQA unit standards from this qualification into their training programme. You can have the units you achieve placed on your NZQA record of learning after you have paid the credit recording fee.
Because it is a National Certificate you can also use the credits earned to help meet the credit requirements of your NCEA levels 1-3.

Will being a cadet help me get into the Armed Forces when I leave school?

Cadet Forces is not a recruiting arm of the New Zealand Defence Force. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that young people who serve with Cadet Forces seem to adapt more readily to life in the Armed Forces.

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