Maximising opportunities for military women in the New Zealand Defence Force

13/02/2014 Evaluations, Publication

What is it like to be a woman in the New Zealand Defence Force? Are women treated fairly? Do women get promoted as often as men? Is it safe? The answers to these questions are important if the Defence Force wants to attract and keep the best people in a competitive job market.

ISBN (Online): 978-0-478-27864-4

ISBN (Print): 978-0-478-27865-1

Maximising opportunities for military women in the New Zealand Defence Force
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13 Feb 2014

Several sources of information were used for this review, including a review of Defence Force policies and procedures, a literature review of strategies to achieve gender equity, and analysis of staff surveys, career progression, pay and complaints. Senior NZDF leaders were also surveyed, and 115 NZDF personnel were interviewed. 

The report made four recommendations:

  1. Recruit the best personnel, by focusing on a broader potential candidate pool.
  2. Expand systems to increase women's retention.
  3. Improve pathways for women to attain senior leadership roles.
  4. Further reduce discrimination, harassment and bullying, particularly in recruit training.