The New Zealand Army has announced it will be downgrading the Waiouru Military Camp with all new recruits instead going to Burnham, near Christchurch, for basic training.
The central North Island camp will remain open as a training base only.
A small number of personnel to oversee its running.
The camp was opened during World War II, and most New Zealand soldiers have completed their initial training there.
With 63,000 hectares of open desert land, Waiouru Military Camp is the largest training area in New Zealand. It is the only place where live field firing can be held.
All new recruits to the Army will now do their training in Burnham, near Christchurch.
The reason for the change is the greater choice of housing and job opportunities for partners and schools for children.