The act of presenting military personnel with Bibles harks back to World War I when personnel were presented with them by King George V.

Even in modern times, NZDF Chaplain Class One Lance Lukin says he still distributes around 2500 Bibles a year.

"In moments of crisis, pulling out a Bible can provide our service men and women with reassurance and strength," he said.

Chaplain Lukin is the brainchild behind the camouflaged book of faith after coming across a waterproof version in a Wellington bargain bin last year.

"I saw it and immediately thought 'how cool is that' and wondered how it could be adapted into an NZDF resource specifically for new recruits."

He emailed American publisher Bardin & Marsee who agreed to design a purpose-made Bible for NZDF personnel.