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To develop and enable self-disciplined, confident and responsible young New Zealanders.


The New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) is a disciplined, uniformed organization which provides military-based leadership, personal development and operational training to persons aged between 13 and 18 years old. 


Preparing New Zealand's successful leaders of tomorrow.

The New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) core values revolve around Comradeship, Commitment, Courage, and Integrity with the aim to foster a spirit of adventure and teamwork, and to develop those qualities of mind and body for good citizens and leaders.


No. 3 Squadron is a unit within the New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) organisation. Our yearly training program consists of bushcraft skills, drill, firearms safety & marksmanship, leadership skills, first aid training, navigation, aviation and radio communications.

Our social media pages are constantly updated with posts about what we're up to, check them out here:

We strongly believe and encourage all of our Cadets to take every opportunity presented to them within the organisation. Below are some of the key ones available!



Many Cadets and Staff within our organisation have a strong desire and passion for aviation. As such, many are pursing hobbies or careers within this field. We run Unit based powered flying activities where Cadets have an opportunity to learn the controls and have a go flying. There is also a national week long course where many Cadets go solo for the first time!


See what some of our cadets have to say about their experiences...

"I joined to invest in a possible career option for the Air Force, but the connections that I built with people from other schools is an experience that will forever be one of the highlights of being in 3 Squadron." - CDT Paki

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