Age of Joining

Currently the minimum age is 17 years to join the RNZN but what was it when you joined?

I joined in 1966 and the age of joining was 16 years 3 months but I know they had Seaman Boys in the January 1966 intake who I believe were only 15 years old.

man's evolution

We know that they were taking boys pre 1914 for training on AMOKURA but interested on what was the age from 1921.


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16 Responses to Age of Joining

  1. Tony Magon says:

    When I joined in Jan 67 the minimum age was 16 years and 3 months.

    The last seaman boys were in 1966 and I think you are correct Frank, that the minimum age was 15 years

  2. Frank Rands says:

    It would appear that boys joining HMS AMOKURA in January 1907 were aged between 13 1/2 and 14 1/2 years and signed for a period of 2 years for training.

    In 1954 a report to the New Zealand Naval Board suggests that In postwar years there has been a shortage of young New Zealanders coming forward for the two officer cadet schemes. They are: entry as a Cadet Midshipman at the age of 15-16 years through the Royal Australian Naval College at Flinders, and entry as a special entry cadet at the age of 18 through the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

    In 1955 a report to the New Zealand Naval Board suggests that as the result of a survey of methods of entry into the Navy the minimum-age requirement of the youth-entry scheme was reduced by four months to sixteen years three months, with a corresponding reduction in the upper age limit of the seaman boy entry. In addition, the youth-entry scheme was broadened to permit entry within this age group to the Seaman Branch. So between 1955 and 1966 the aged of joining was 16 years 3 months however they still had seaman boys joining at age 15.

  3. Owen Stuart says:

    I joined 19th Jan 1956, turned 16 7th Mar 56, seaman boy

  4. Butts says:

    I joined May 1971, aged 16 years 3 months.

  5. John Snow says:

    UK which possibly similar to here boys could join HMS Ganges at 15 although most were 15 and a half. Was like this until school leaving age was compulsory at 16 yrs of age. Myself exactly 15 6 months.

  6. says:

    I was 61st seaman boys, the last class of boys 23 May 1963, I was 15 years 9 mo old.

  7. Peter Broom says:

    I joined in November 1947 and from memory the ages ranged from 15years and 2 months to 16 years and 3 months

  8. Chris Precey says:

    I joined 4 Feb 1954 aged 15 yrs 5 mths and 2 days – some of my classmates were slightly younger than I was – memory tells me the minimum age of joining was 15 yrs 3 mths.

  9. John Bullock says:

    I joined as an RO, but was only 15 years and had to wait until I was 16 years 3 months for entry (16th Ords)

  10. Jon Stafford says:

    I joined on the 15th May 1957 at the age of 15 yrs 3 mths and 3 days in the 40th intake.

  11. Gary Kingdon says:

    Entry age for Seaman Boys was 15 years 3 months whenI joined, Jan 59.

  12. Geoff Brindle says:

    Minimum age was 15 years 3 months in 1952 when I joined as a Seaman Boy

  13. hairy37 says:

    Greetings! I joined as a boy on 4 February 1954 aged 15 years and 5 months (30th Boys). Good times at Tamaki, Nelson Division.

  14. John Cole says:

    Correct Frank, 1966, last intake of Seaman Boys, aged 15 yrs 3 months to 16 yrs 3 mths. . 19 in the intake, 4 were communicators. 66 RNZN Seaman Boy
    in takes from 1941 to 1966.

  15. kerry williams says:

    i joined on the 16/01/66 o/n nz18639 i was 15years and 10months old,the last class of seamen boys

  16. Frank Saunders says:

    I joined on the 25/01/62 15 years 9 months 55th Boys.

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