Afghan National Army Officer Academy

Personnel: Up to 10.

New Zealand has had a military contribution in Afghanistan since 2001, with over 3,500 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel deployed in total. This includes New Zealand’s Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan (2003-13), which had a peak of around 140 personnel deployed. Ten soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan during this period. New Zealand closed its Provincial Reconstruction Team in April 2013 and drew down most of its remaining deployment in 2014, in line with the completion of the International Security and Assistance Force.

Since 2013, the NZDF has contributed up to 10 personnel to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy just outside of Kabul to mentor and support the development of Afghan National Security Forces. The Academy, led by the United Kingdom and situated just outside of Kabul, forms part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan to train, advise and assist the Afghan security forces and intuitions. In July 2016 the Government announced New Zealand would increase its commitment from eight trainers to ten. Read the media release (external link) .