The Cadet Forces is made up of three branches or corps. Each corps is modeled on a corresponding branch of the NZDF: the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), the New Zealand Army and the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). Each corps has its own training curriculum, uniforms and organizational structures aligned with its parent regular force branch.Learn about NZCF rank structure
Sea Cadet Corps
The Sea Cadet Corps (SCC) is the maritime arm of the NZCF, and is aligned with the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN). The smallest of the three branches, the SCC has 16 units spread over all three Cadet Force areas.
The SCC training focus is maritime based, with a high level of sailing time allowing personnel to develop their skills on the water including a swimming test in the beginning of service. It also includes shooting, bushcraft and other useful skills. Each area (Southern, Central, Northern) hold an annual regatta with all units, focussing on competitive application of corp skills, with the winning team from each area later in the year competing at a national competition. Many units own their own yachts and other nautical equipment.
The sailing boats that the SCC use is the ‘Crown’ which is specifically designed for the use of the units. It is the standard boat in the Regattas until recently where RS Feva was also allowed in the regattas.More...
New Zealand Cadet Corps
The New Zealand Cadet Corps (NZCC) is the land force arm of the NZCF, founded in 1864 and is aligned with the NZ Army. There are 34 units nationwide.
Cadet Corps training includes drill, first aid, land based navigation, land-based Search and Rescue, survival skills and weapons safety training. A Cadet Skills competition is held annually, pitting the units from across New Zealand against each other to find the best overall. A National course in bushcraft is also offered.More...
Air Training Corps
The Air Training Corps (ATC) is the aviation arm of the NZCF, and is aligned with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF). Formed in September 1941 originally for the purpose of training young pilots ready for active service. There are 49 ATC Squadrons located throughout New Zealand with a vision to foster the spirit of adventure and teamwork, and to develop those qualities of mind and body essential for good citizens and leaders.
The ATC curriculum contains aviation, bushcraft, drill commands, leadership, search and rescue (SAR), survival skills, organizational knowledge of NZDF and NZCF and weapons training. National courses are provided in powered flying, aeronautical navigation, gliding and bushcraft.More...