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Job title
Air Warfare Specialist

Job description
As an Air Warfare Specialist your primary role is to utilise the P-3K2 Orion's highly advanced sensor systems in order to collect and analyse information in the aircraft's area of interest. To achieve this, you'll be responsible for the effective operation of onboard radar, electronic surveillance, electro-optics, magnetic anomaly and acoustic sensor systems.
Your role will include processing, analysing, classifying and filtering the information gathered prior to it being used by your fellow crew members to aid in the tactical employment of our aircraft and to guide civilian and military response units.

Qualifications required/age restrictions

- 17 years or older on date of Enlistment.
- Possess a minimum of 12 Level 2 NCEA Credits in English, Mathematics and a Science subject (preferably Physics).
- Have been a New Zealand Citizen for at least five years, or have been a Citizen of Australia, Canada or the United Kingdom for 10 years or more.

Training costs
We pay you a wage from commencement of training, but you will be contractually obliged to serve four years in the Air Force at completion of training to recompense the cost of training you.

Once your training is completed, you will be employed on No 5 Squadron at RNZAF Base Auckland flying on the P-3K2 Orion aircraft.

Career path
 Recruit Course (12 weeks of basic military training at RNZAF Base Woodbourne, near Blenheim).
- Corporal Promotion Course (four weeks at RNZAF Base Woodbourne). 
- Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Aircrew Course (nine week course at RNZAF Base Ohakea near Palmerston North). 
- Ab-initio Air Warfare Specialist Course (seven month course at No 5 Squadron, RNZAF Base Auckland, Whenuapai).
- Operational Phase (five week operationally focused course on the Orion Aircraft).
- Once training is complete, you will advance through the NCO rank and flying categorisation structure. Your abilities as a tradesperson will determine the speed of your advancement.

Salary range
$33,240 is the annual starting salary from commencement of training. Once you have successfully completed the Operational Phase of your training and gained categorisation on the Orion aircraft, your wage will increase to $60,246.
From there, your salary will increase as you complete training courses and progress through the flying categorisations and NCO rank structure.

Other careers this profession could lead to
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How to increase the chances of successfully entering this industry
 Work hard at school to gain positive school reports and results.
- Participate in team activities such as sport to demonstrate that you get on well with others.
- Demonstrate an interest in electronics.

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