How To Submit Your Application For The SA Navy

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If you recently matriculated but pursuing a tertiary education is not part of your future plans or perhaps you are not sure which path to pursue, then you might want to consider joining the South African Navy. The MSDS is the easiest way to enter the SA Navy.

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With advanced operating forces of warships, submarines, patrol craft, and auxiliary vessels and over 7 000 troops, including a marine force, the South African Navy is one of the most proficient naval forces in the African region. 

Thus joining their ranks can present you with a wide variety of career opportunities within the country’s naval force. Here are the requirements you must meet in order qualify to participate in their recruitment process.

  • Compulsory Medical fitness (applicants will have to undergo the prescribed SANDF military health examination).
  • Compulsory Psychometric tests with proof.
  • Proof of criminal records by the Criminal Record Bureau for verification.
  • Applications complying with the minimum requirements will be subjected to further screening.

Shortlisted candidates identified will then be invited to partake in a selection process.

One of the easiest way to enter the SA Navy is the Military Skills Development System MSDS which is advertises early each year.

The MSDS for 2024 - 2025 was opened on the 12th of February 2024. The closing date for applications is the 15th March 2024.



For other opportunities in the SA Navy you can view the SA Navy website.

Additionally, it may be a good idea for you to download the SA Navy Career Brochure and the SA Navy Careers Information document for more information on the requirements of specific careers within the Navy.


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