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Interested in how to apply and get South Africa army jobs as a school leaver or young graduate? The South African Department of Defence employ citizens of South Africa who are young, fit and healthy.
New members and candidates for Defence Force SANDF jobs will first serve for a two-year voluntary service period to stretch the SANDF’s deployment capability.
● How can I get a job with South Africa army?
In short: Register and apply to join the South African army before the end of February to be considered for the next year’s enrollment for the 2 year training programme.
● Paperwork needed to apply for South Africa army jobs:
- ID card
- verifiable copy of grade 12 certificate
- current up to date CV
- verifiable copy of highest academic qualifications.
This 2 year programme by the Department of Defence and known as the Military Skills Development System. It serves as an entry-level platform for young South Africans who want to benefit from having South African army jobs. And working for the SANDF has many benefits!
Military Skills Development System members are paid in wages during/for the whole two-year full-time training and utilization.
At the end of the two-year training term, known as the Military Skills Development System (MSDS), contract, most candidates will go into one of the SA National Defence Force branches and the remaining individuals will end up in the Reserve Force.
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) branches are:
- The South African Army,
- South African Air Force,
- South African Navy and
- South African Military Health Services
If you are selected to join the South African National Defence Force through the MSDS, you can expect:
▪ a selection process that includes psychometric and medical evaluation, selection board interview and criminal record evaluation.
▪ 1st Year: Receive military training and further functional training. Including:
- Basic military and functional training.
- Corps specific training.
- Practical military exercises participation.
- Combat readying training exercises.
- Junior leader selecting
▪ 2nd year: you will be deployed as and where you are needed. To expect during this time:
- Junior leaders / officers will receive leader group corps training.
- Junior leaders / officers will undergo young officers formative training.
- The selection of officers to study at the Military Academy.
- a focus on utilization and deployment of Military Skills Development System troops.
▪ following the 2 years: receive a Regular Force contract offer or continue as part of the Reserve Force.
Another path to get hired for Defence Force SANDF jobs is through direct recruitment. The Department of Defence (DOD), states direct recruitment is only possible to people with special skills.
Candidates with special skills required for direct recruitment for Defence Force SANDF jobs include:
- IT specialists,
- Diesel mechanics,
- Health Specialists etc.)
Sometimes chosen members with the required academic qualifications will be sent to universities or the Military Academy.
Requirements to qualify for the MSDS programme:
- the candidate should be a South African citizen.
- the candidate should be between 18 and 22 years old
- Graduate candidates should be up to the age of 26 years.
- the candidate should be in the process of completing the National Senior Certificate / Grade 12, or have completed it.
- the candidate should be able to be relocated.
- the candidate should have a clean criminal record.
- the candidate should ideally be preferably single.
- the candidate should comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the South African National Defence Force.
- the candidate should be prepared to do Basic Military Training, Functional Training and to serve in SANDF uniform.
To apply for South Africa army jobs and in particular register for the 2 year SANDF Military Skills Development System, contact:
cnr Nossob & Boeing Street
Tel: (012) 355 6999
Defence Force SANDF Reserves
The South African army reserves is a voluntary and part-time system.
Reserves are trained and prepared sufficiently to assist the Regular SANDF in defending the country and its citizens.
The joining process is done through:
the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) or
Reserve members can serve in the following:
▪ Air Defence Artillery
▪ Support functions:
Reservist members are also entitled to the same benefits as Regular Force members.
The SANDF benefits that are available to SANDF reservists include:
▪ Remuneration (salary)
▪ Medical Benefits
▪ Access to SA National Defence Sports and Recreation Facilities.
● SANDF Naval Bases include:
Naval Base Simon’s Town: full naval base, combat units, training facilities for the new frigates and submarines, and a soon-privatized naval dockyard
Naval Base Durban: full naval base and home port of the patrol flotilla
Naval Station Port Elizabeth: provides support to the fleet.
SAS Saldanha (on the West Coast): provides training and development for ratings
SAS Wingfield (Greater Cape Town area): practical training for apprentices and the technical musterings
SAS Simonsberg: training in gunnery, anti-submarine warfare, communications, diving and seamanship
South African Naval College, Gordon’s Bay: training college for naval officers
Maritime Warfare School, Simon’s Town
NBCD School – Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Damage Control training
● SANDF Air Force Bases Include:
Air Force Base Bloemspruit: Squadron; 87 Helicopter
Air Force Base Durban: 15 Squadron
Air Force Base Hoedspruit: 19 Squadron
Air Force Base Langebaanweg: Central Flying School; Silver Falcons
Air Force Base Makhado: 2 Squadron; 85 Combat Flying School
Air Force Base Overberg: Test Flight and Development Centre
Air Force Base Swartkop: 17 Squadron; South African Air Force Museum
Air Force Base Waterkloof: 2 Squadron; 21 Squadron; 28 Squadron; 41 Squadron; 44 Squadron
Air Force Base Ysterplaat: 22 Squadron; 35 Squadron; 80 Air Navigation School
Air Force Station Port Elizabeth: C Flight of 15 Squadron
● SANDF Army Bases Include:
Army Bases in Eastern Cape:
Grahamstown army base: 6 South African Infantry Battalion (Air Assault) and the First City Regiment (Air Assault).
-Port Elizabeth army base: Prince Alfred’s Guard (Air Assault).
Mthatha army base: 14 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry).
Greenacres army base: Regiment Piet Retief (Light Infantry).
East London army base: Buffalo Volunteer Rifles (Light Infantry).
Army bases in Free State:
Tempe base, Bloemfontein: 1 South African Tank Regiment (Tank Regiment), 1 Special Service Battalion (Armoured Car Regiment), the South African School of Armour (offering decentralized training to regular and reserve regiments), 44 Parachute Regiment and 1 South African Infantry Battalion (Mechanized Infantry). Also housing the parachute training wing, the Regiment Bloemspruit (Light Infantry), Vrystaatse Artillerie Regiment (Artillery) and Regiment President Steyn (Tank Regiment) as well as 3 Military Hospital.
De Brug Mobilisation Centre, Bloemfontein
Kroonstad: School of Engineers, and an Army Band.
Bethlehem: 2 Field Engineer Regiment
Army bases in Gauteng:
Salvokop, Pretoria: The main South African Army Headquarters – situated in the Dequar Road Complex with the 102 Field Workshop unit, 17 Maintenance Unit and the S.A.M.S Military Health Department.
Pretoria: is Thaba Tshwane, the South African Army College, the National Ceremonial Guard and Band, the Military Police School, 1 Military Hospital, 2 Parachute Battalion, 44 Parachute Engineers, 44 Parachute Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Air Defence Artillery), 1 Military Printing Regiment, Tshwane Regiment (Motorised Infantry), 18 Light Regiment (Artillery) and 4 Survey and Map Regiment. The Dequar Road Base in Pretoria houses the Transvaalse Staatsartillerie (Artillery) and the Pretoria Regiment (Tank Regiment). The Joint Support Base in Wonderboom, Pretoriahouses the School of Signals, 1 Signal Regiment, 2 Signal Regiment, 3 Electronic Workshop, 4 Signal Regiment and 5 Signal Regiment. Technical Base Complex Centurion is home to the Technical Service Training Centre, the Army Engineer Formation and a general support base. It also houses units from the SAMHS and the SAAF
Wallmannsthal: 43 SA Brigade Headquarters.
Centurion: 3 Parachute Battalion
–Johannesburg army bases: 21 South African Battalion (Light Infantry), 46 South African Brigadeheadquarters, 6th Field Engineers Regiment, 1 Construction Regiment, 35th Engineering Supply Regiment, the Rand Light Infantry (Motorised Infantry), The Johannesburg Regiment (Motorised Infantry), the Transvaal Scottish Regiment(Motorised Infantry), Regiment Oos Rand (Motorised Infantry), the South African Irish Regiment (Motorised Infantry), Regiment President Kruger (Motorised Infantry), the Transvaal Horse Artillery (Artillery) and the Light Horse Regiment (Armoured Car Regiment).
Benoni: Regiment Oos Transvaal (Air Defence Artillery)
The Springs: 6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Air Defence Artillery)
The Heidelberg Army Base: the SA Army Gymnasium.
Germiston: the Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment (Mechanized Infantry)
Vereeniging: Regiment Vaal Rivier (Air Defence Artillery)
Army bases in Western Cape:
Cape Town‘s several are home to the Army Band, the Cape Town Highlanders Regiment(Mechanized Infantry), the Cape Town Rifles (Motorised Infantry), Cape Garrison Artillery (Air Defence Artillery)
Youngsfield Military Base near Ottery: Regiment Westelike Provinsie (Mechanized Infantry), Regiment Oranjerivier (Armoured Car Regiment) and 3 Field Engineer Regiment
Winfield, on the site of the Wingfield Aerodrome: Cape Field Artillery (Artillery)
Eerste Rivier SANDF base: 9th South African Infantry Battalion (Seaborne Infantry)
The Oudtshoorn army base: South African Infantry School.
Army bases in Northern Cape:
Kimberley SANDF army base: Air Defence Artillery School, 10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Air Defence Artillery), 3 South African Infantry Battalion (basic training), the Kimberley Regiment (Motorised Infantry) and 44 Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Air Defence Artillery)
-,The Lohatla training area and army base: SA Army Combat Training Centre for large army field exercises, plus housing the 101 Field Workshop and the 16 Maintenance Unit
Upington SANDF Army base: 8 South African Infantry Battalion (Mechanized Infantry).
Army bases in North-West:
Potchefstroom SANDF army base: School of Artillery, 4 Artillery Regiment (Artillery), Artillery Mobile Regiment (Artillery), the School of Tactical Intelligence, 1 Tactical Intelligence Regiment, Regiment De La Rey(Mechanized Infantry), Regiment Potchefstroom Universiteit (Artillery) and Regiment Mooirivier (Armoured Car Regiment)
The Mahikeng Army base: 10 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry)
Orkney SANDF army base: Regiment Skoonspruit(Motorised Infantry).
Zeerust SANDF Army Base: 2 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry).
Army bases in KwaZulu-Natal:
Durban SANDF army base: Army Band, the Durban Light Infantry (Motorised Infantry), Natal Field Artillery (Artillery), Natal Mounted Rifles (Tank Regiment), Umvoti Mounted Rifles (Armoured Car Regiment), the Durban Regiment (Motorised Infantry) and the 19 Field Engineer Regiment
Pietermaritzburg SANDF army base: Natal Carbineers (Motorised Infantry)
Mtubatuba SANDF army base: 121 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry)
Ladysmith SANDF army base: 5 South African Infantry Battalion
Army bases of Mpumalanga:
Middelburg SANDF army base: 4 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry)
Barberton SANDF army base: Regiment Botha(Motorised Infantry)
Army bases of Limpopo:
Polokwane SANDF army base: Army Band and Regiment Christiaan Beyers(Motorised Infantry)
The Phalaborwa SANDF army base: 7 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry) and 5 Special Forces Regiment
Thohoyandou SANDF army base: 15 South African Infantry Battalion (Motorised Infantry)
● Regimental Histories of South Africa National Defence Force
▪ 1 Medical Battalion Group – General Dan Pienaar Regiment – Pretoria Armoured Regiment
▪ 4 Logistical Support Unit – General Jan Smuts Regiment – Queen Nandi Mounted Rifles
▪ 6 Medical Battalion GroupIhawu Field Engineer Regiment – Rand Light Infantry
▪ 11 Field Postal UnitiNgobamakhosi Carbineers – Regiment Potchefstroomse Universiteit
▪ 15 Maintenance – UnitiWombe Anti-Aircraft Regiment – Sandfontein Artillery Regiment
▪ Autshumato Anti-Aircraft Regiment – Johannesburg Light Horse Regiment – Sekhukhune Anti-Aircraft Regiment
▪ Andrew Mlangeni Regiment – Johannesburg Regiment – Solomon Mahlangu Regiment
▪ Bambatha Rifles – Kimberley Regiment – State Artillery Regiment
▪ Blaauwberg Armoured Regiment – King Cetshwayo Artillery Regiment (KCAR) – Steve Biko Artillery Regiment
▪ Buffalo Volunteer Rifles – King Shaka Regiment – Thaba Bosiu Armoured Regiment
▪ Chief Gonnema Regiment – KwaZulu-Natal Signal Unit – Umvoti Mounted Rifles
▪ Chief Langalibalele Rifles (CLR) – Madzhakandila Anti-Aircraft Regiment – Western Cape Reserve Signal Unit
▪ Chief Makhanda Regiment – Maphungubwe Regiment
▪ Durban Light Infantry – Molapo Armoured Regiment
▪ Galeshewe Regiment – Nelson Mandela Artillery Regiment (NMAR)
● How to benefit from the SANDF Education Trust
The South African National Defence Force Education Trust has been established in 2013 for dependents who lost a breadwinner in the line of SANDF duty so to provide bursaries and scholarships:
Which dependents qualify for the South African National Defence Force Education Trust?
• dependents of SANDF members killed or severely injured following 27 April 1994 in the line of SANDF duty.
• dependents of civilian members of the Department of Defence killed or severely injured after 27 April 1994 in the line of SANDF duty.
• dependents of citizens of the Republic of South Africa killed or injured after 27 April 1994 in the line of SANDF duty, provided that such citizens were not acting in opposition to the aims of the SANDF operation.
Individuals that can benefit and qualify for a South African National Defence Force Education Trust bursary and scholarships includes:
Dependent applicants that are registered as a financially dependent member on the records of SANDF or established to be a dependent. This dependent individual was previously financially dependent on a deceased or severely injured member, possibly qualifies and are considered for financial aid.
Application consideration happens by means of the board of trustees. A set of criteria for Primary and Secondary School learners and learners studying at a registered tertiary institution is part of the consideration process.
After the application has been investigated, the dependent verified on the SANDF official records and board considerations are fruitful, payments are made directly to the educational institutions on behalf of the student.
Further chaplains and social worker support is given to the well-being and further needs of bursary holders.
Inquiries on the SANDF Education Trust and application forms for financial aid can be obtained from:
Telephone number: 012-355 5107
Facsimile number: 012-355 5882
● Want to know how the South African army’s University Reserve Training Programme (URTP) works?
A University Reserve Training Programme (URTP) has been introduced to hire junior individuals from the undergraduate and postgraduate student bodies.
Included in the URTP is training to develop military leader characteristics, including:
- military training
- leadership training
- social trainibg
- cultural training
- physical training.
Applications and selection process happen by means of interviews and tests.
Accepted applicants will then receive / undergo the two years of training which will result in becoming a commission as a Second Lieutenant or Lieutenant (Ensign or Sub-Lt in the SA Navy ) if the candidate already holds a degree or diploma of equal value.
University Reserve Training Programme benefits to SANDF:
An overall leadership skills and capabilities boost to SANDF in particular management. This long-term investment for the SANDF will result in have civil society educated and skilled leaders, fostering the military-civil partnership.
University Reserve Training Programme benefits to the student:
- a strong focus on boosting leadership potential in our youth
- focus on developing management skills
- establishing self-awareness
- establishing self-discipline
- growing self-confidence.
As members of the SANDF they will benefit from being part of a technological organisation that will offer future career experiences and opportunities. Young members will benefit from being part of the South African National Defence Force protective umbrella which includes job security, medical benefits and more.