Republic of Korea

United Nations Command & Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC)

Personnel: up to 6

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) deploys six personnel to the United Nations Command in the Republic of Korea (ROK). The United Nations Command is a multinational body established in 1950 to defend the ROK.

One NZDF staff officer is deployed to the United Nations Command Headquarters. This officer is employed within the Multinational Co-ordination Centre.

New Zealand has five personnel deployed to the UNMAC, which is responsible for monitoring the armistice agreement signed at the end of the Korean War.

  • Three of these personnel are based at Camp Humphreys, south of Seoul. One officer leads the Armistice Education programme, while another is responsible for coordinating and planning inspections and other activities in the Demilitarised Zone. A senior non-commissioned officer supports the Demilitarised Zone operations section.

  • The other two NZDF officers are based within the Demilitarised Zone on the border of the ROK and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. One is an Assistant Corridor Control Officer primarily responsible for opening the Southern portion of the Demilitarised Zone for daily vehicle movements. The other facilitates communication between the United Nations Command and the Korean People’s Army and supervises high level visits to the Joint Security Area.

The mandate for this deployment expires in August 2021.