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Defence Force Launches New Joint Officer Induction Course

New officers march on the second day of the new JOIC in RNZAF Base Woodbourne, Blenheim.

New officers march on the second day of the new JOIC in RNZAF Base Woodbourne, Blenheim.

The Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, has welcomed 123 new officer cadets to the military on their first day of the new Joint Officer Induction Course (JOIC) in RNZAF Base Woodbourne, Blenheim.

This first intake of Officer Cadets comes from all three Services – Navy, Army and Air Force. The course combines existing elements of training from each of the Services including joint shooting qualifications, law of armed conflict training, Defence first aid and physical fitness testing.

Lieutenant General Jones spoke about why the course was established and the expectations the military would have of them and their future careers. In his address to the cadets, he said: “We want you to have a greater understanding of the other two services from day one. We want you to have a network around you that you trust.”

“Remember, this is not a 9-5 job, not just a profession but a way of life. You are embarking on an amazing career. Learn as much as you can, never think you are superior to anyone else. It’s not a competition and it all requires teamwork. The Defence Force will shape you and you will shape it.”

The pilot course is based in Woodbourne with instructors coming from all three Services. “JOIC brings together the core military training instruction and preparation from each Service into one integrated environment, making training more effective,” said Wing Commander Pete King, Commanding Officer of the JOIC at Woodbourne.

“JOIC is the first step for officer cadets on the path to their future careers bringing together cadets early for a more integrated Defence approach from day one.  After this seven-week course ends, they will return to their own Services to continue their course as it relates to their operational environment.”

JOIC was designed to fulfil Defence commitments outlined in the Future 35 strategy. This strategy sees the Defence Force renew and integrate capabilities and functions which exist in the single Services to create a joint unit increasing the organisation’s depth and delivering effect.

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For further information and to register for the Media Day for JOIC on 14 February 2014, please contact Zen Gregor on 0212243367 or zen.gregor@nzdf.mil.nz

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