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The Dutch Armed Forces


A multidimensional employer
(The Armed Forces exist to defend the Kingdom of the Netherlands and its interests in the world, and to protect and advance the international rule of war.) The Armed Forces are a multidimensional organization, employing 43,000 military and 17,000 civilian staff. Besides the traditional combat functionalities, the Armed Forces employs a wide range of specialties, ranging from logistics to engineering and from medical to information technology. It operates as a team under unique and challenging conditions, throughout the world.

The Armed Forces and engineering
The Armed Forces offers unique opportunities within the field of engineering. We work throughout the world with complex, specialized equipment, such as helicopters, armored vehicles, naval ships and military aircraft… In short: Large machinery with plenty of complex engineering challenges. That is why we are always on the lookout for people who can make sure that everything continues to drive, sail or fly as it should. However ‘smart’ our equipment is, it still takes people to keep in up and running.

Military Managers
Managing all these people is the responsibility of our officers. You could call them our ‘military managers’. For young academics/HBO/WO we offer an extensive officers training course (at our own academy), where you learn to make strategic decisions concerning your area of expertise. A great career choice for people who like a challenge!