I re-enlisted in the army in Wellington, which was a mistake because I was immediately posted to the Defence Communications Centre in the Defence HQ building. To cut a long story short I hated the politics of the place and was always applying for postings elsewhere.
I enlisted in the NZ Army in Auckland in 1966. Wanting to increase my skill set my preference was for Engineers but was directed to my second choice of Signals.
Quickly I was on my way to Waiouru for soldier and Corp training.
Given the choice, civilian surgical team nurse Karen Pilcher would have departed New Zealand for Vietnam wearing army greens.