Frequently Asked Questions


What is 'Cadets'?

New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) is a youth leadership training scheme run in partnership between the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the community. It is open to young people between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.

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

The minimum age is 13 years. But you can be 12 years if you are enrolled as a student and currently attending Hamilton's Fraser High School.

Can both girls and boys join?


How much does it cost?

Fraser High School Cadet Unit's fees are $100.00 per year/per cadet, divided into 2 equal payments of $50.00. The first payment is due on 31 March and the second payment is due on 25 August in each year.

How long can you serve for?

The length of service varies from cadet to cadet. A cadet can continue to serve in the unit for their entire time as long as they remain a student at Hamilton's Fraser High School. When a cadet leaves school they also terminate their membership in this cadet unit at the same time.

Do I have to stay if I find Cadets is not for me?

No, you volunteer to enter Cadet Forces and you can leave at any time.

What if I'm not too fit?

There is no requirement to meet a specific level of fitness to join Cadets. However, like many activities, if you are fit you will get greater enjoyment from your experiences.

Do I have to join the Armed Forces when I leave?

No, Cadet Forces is a youth leadership training scheme and is not part of NZ Defence Forces.

Will I be sent overseas to fight?

Definitely not.

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

Cadet Forces is not a recruiting arm of the NZ Defence Force. However many young people who serve with Cadet Forces do enter the Armed Forces after leaving school.

What if I move town, can I join another Unit?

Yes, there are over 100 Units across New Zealand that you could transfer to.

What does the New Zealand Defence Force provide cadets with?

The NZDF provides you with a uniform. They also supply Regular Force advisors and organise and pay for all the promotion courses you may be selected to attend. They also provide the subjects you will study.

Do I get a uniform?

Yes. You will receive a uniform when you are formally enrolled in the unit.

Where can I go to find out more information at the New Zealand Cadet Forces?

Visit the New Zealand Cadet Forces website.