SA Army Military Skills Development Intake

SA Army Military Skills Development Intake

SA Army Military Skills Development Intake

How To Apply At SANDF

Here’s a guide on how to join the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) reserves.

Application for SANDF is available ONCE A YEAR.

This can be found published as an application form in various newspapers as well as on Careers Portal website.

The South African National Defence Force Reserves is a voluntary and part-time directorate of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The reserves provide guidance, assistance and expertise to our armed forces, and they’ll respond to crises that arise.

Joining the reserves gives you the opportunity to serve your country, and a chance to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need in time of natural or other disasters.

Your expertise can help improve our country’s defensive needs, and being a reserve gives you the opportunity to travel abroad.

You’ll also have the opportunity to grow professionally and learn new skills.

A Reserve member may choose to serve in any of the following corps (given that they have the necessary requirements) and support functions:

  • Air Defence Artillery
  • Armour
  • Artillery
  • Engineer
  • Infantry
  • Intelligence
  • Signal
  • Support functions:
  • Personnel
  • Logistics
  • Finance
  • Training

A serving member of the reserves receives all the benefits that are applicable to Regular Force members.

These include:

  • A salary,
  • medical aid, and
  • access to SANDF facilities.

When will the applications be open this year? Click the READ MORE  link to find out.

How to join the Reserve Force

There are two ways you can join the South Africa Reserve Force Division, either through the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) or through direct recruitment.

The MSDS is a Department of Defence programme that serves as the entry-level platform for young South Africans who want to follow a career in the South African National Defence Force.

If you’re selected to join the South African National Defence Force through the MSDS, you’ll undergo an initial period of 2 years voluntary service.

After your initial 2 years of service you’ll be offered a 5 year contract to join the reserves which can be renewed until the age of 65.

Direct recruitment is only applicable to people with special skills such as engineers, IT specialists, diesel mechanics etc.

Requirements to join the reserves

If you would like to join the army reserves, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • A South African citizen.
  • Medically, mentally and battle fit.
  • Between the ages of 18 and 26 years (the required age varies according to the category of training/service) when joining for the first time. This age restriction does not apply to applicants with professional or critical skill qualifications required.
  • You must have the attributes and qualifications which are required for your training.
  • You must be able to perform the service or duties attached to the post for which you apply.
  • If you are employed, your employer must be willing to grant special leave for military activities within reasonable demands.
  • Have no criminal record.
  • Training is provided to new recruits but due to the nature of the system, longer courses are presented in shorter flexible modules.
  • Other corps may require you to have existing qualifications in that specific field. For example, to join the Air Force Reserves an applicant must have aviation related expertise.

Where can you join?

To qualify for the MSDS programme, you should:

  • Be a South African citizen.
  • Be aged between 18 and 22 years (Graduates up to the age of 26 years).
  • Be currently busy with the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or have completed it.
  • Not be area bound.
  • Have no record of a criminal offence.
  • Be preferably single.
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the South African National Defence Force.
  • Be prepared to do Basic Military Training, Functional Training and to serve in uniform

How To Join The Army In South Africa

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Reserves is made up of four armed services, which include the South African Army, the South African Air Force, the South African Navy and the South African Military Health Service.

The most common way to enter into the Reserves is through the Military Skills Development System (MSDS). The second way to join is through direct recruitment, but this is only applicable to people with special skills such as engineers, IT specialists, diesel mechanics, etc.

To join the army Reserves, you have to meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be a South African citizen
  2. Must be medically, mentally and battle fit
  3. Must be between the ages of 18 and 26 years (the required age varies according to the category of training/service) when joining for the first time. This age restriction does not apply to applicants with professional or critical skill qualifications required.
  4. You must have the attributes and qualifications which are required for your training.
  5. You must be able to perform the service or duties attached to the post for which you apply.
  6. If you are employed, your employer must be willing to grant special leave for military activities within reasonable demands.
  7. You must have no criminal record.

The Military Skills Development System (MSDS) is a two-year voluntary service system that allows young South African citizens to serve in uniform.

Successful MSDS candidates will receive basic military training, specific mustering and functional training in the first year and be utilized or deployed internally or externally in the second year of the MSDS.

After the two years, you will either continue as part of the Reserve Force or receive a contract offer to join the Regular Force.

To qualify for the MSDS programme, you have to meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a South African citizen only. (No dual citizenship)
  2. Grade 12 Applicants must be between the ages of 18 – 22 years
  3. Graduates and/or other Tertiary Qualification up to the age of 26 years
  4. Completed Grade 12 (with average of 50% or level 4; Mathematics and Science will be advantageous)
  5. Admission Point Score (APS) of 17 excluded Life Orientation
  6. Leadership potential
  7. Not to be area bound
  8. Have no criminal record or pending cases
  9. Comply with medical fitness requirements for the appointment within average height/weight ratio (minimum height for women is 148cm, for men its 155cm; minimum weight for women is 48kg, for men the minimum weight is 52kg.

A Reserve member may choose to serve in any of the following corps (given that they have the necessary requirements) and support functions:

  1. Air Defence Artillery
  2. Armour
  3. Artillery
  4. Engineer
  5. Infantry
  6. Intelligence
  7. Signal
  8. Support functions:
  9. Personnel
  10. Logistics
  11. Finance
  12. Training

How To Submit Your Application For SANDF

South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has vacancies for people interested in obtaining qualifications and training in defence.

SANDF vacancies include military positions, air forces positions and navy positions.

The South African National Defence Force Reserves is a voluntary and part-time directorate of the SANDF. The reserves provide guidance, assistance and expertise to our armed forces, and they’ll respond to crises that arise.

Candidates can join the SANDF reserves through the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) which is a Department of Defence programme that serves as entry-level platform for young South Africans who want to follow a career in the South African National Defence Force.

Joining the reserves gives you the opportunity to serve your country and a chance to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need in time of natural or other disasters.

Applications for positions at SANDF are found in various newspapers as well as on the Careers Portal website.

How To Apply At SANDF

  1. Find an application for SANDF in the newspaper or on the Careers Portal website.
  2. Fill in your information in the blank spaces, make sure that this is accurately filled out.
  3. Attach your CV and required documents such as your matric certificate and a copy of your ID document to your completed application form.
  4. Submit the documents to the address listed on the application form through the post.

The Department of Defence employs young, fit and healthy candidates who are citizens of the Republic of South Africa.

In order to qualify for the MSDS programme you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a South African citizen.
  • Be aged between 18 and 22 years (Graduates up to the age of 26 years).
  • Be currently busy with the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or have completed it.
  • Not be area bound.
  • Have no record of a criminal offence.
  • Be preferably single.
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the South African National Defence Force.
  • Be prepared to do Basic Military Training, Functional Training and to serve in uniform.

Applicants who are employed as SANDF reserves are able to serve the country and they are also given the opportunity to travel abroad.