Since Human Rights Act, which prevents from discrimination based on ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, passed in 1993, gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military.
According to AAP, in January will be launched a Defence Force Gay and Lesbian Information Service which will offer formal support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender personnel making the NZDF one of the few in the world to have such a network.
Vaughan Davis, general manager of OutLineNZ, a phone counselling service for the LGBT community, says the NZDF should be commended for the move. He says it is a "really positive step" which has been a long time coming.
Organisations with flourishing LGBT support networks tend to have reputations as good employers in the wider community, he says.