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Recruitment for the military services is handled by the Directorate Human Resource Acquisition (DHRACQ), which is part of the Defence Department. The following services are represented under the DHRACQ: Army, Air Force, Navy and Military Service.

The role of this body is to provide the best candidates - ready to start with two-year term initial base military training – with the attitudes and skills they’ll need for future deployment. The DHRACQ also provides Civilian Personnel (PSAPs) that is needed by different clients.

DHRACQ is a career boost for young, fit and healthy South African citizens. New members will serve for two years so as to augment the SANDFs deployment capacity. The majority of this number will then join the SA National Defence Force, and the rest will go to the Reserve Forces. Only the best members will be selected for continued service in the SA National Defence Force.

SA Army: The SA Army’s mandate centres on the provisioning of combat-ready forces and the leading role it has to play in the development of the Army component of the landward defence capability. The SA Army has the commanding presence and the power of a pride of lions, forever professional and ready, making a difference in serving South Africa, no matter where and under what circumstances.

The MSDS programme for the SA Army is a two-year voluntary service system with the long-term goal of enhancing the SA National Defence Force’s deployment capability. Recruits are required to sign up for a period of two years, during which they will receive military training and further functional training in their first year of service.

During the second year of service, depending on the duration of their functional orientation, they will be deployed where needed and given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop their skills.

SA Air Force The South African Air Force is mainly responsible for protecting South African citizens by securing and protecting the country’s air space. The arrival of recently acquired state-of-the-art aircraft and weapon systems has boosted confidence in the SA Air Force’s capability to safeguard the nation and provide humanitarian support.

In order to effectively carry out its mandate, the SA Air Force relies heavily on the skills and dedication of all serving personnel.

The MSDS programme for the Air Force is a two-year voluntary service system. Recruits are required to sign up for a period of two years, during which they will receive military training and further functional training. Further functional training includes a wide variety of options varying from specialised mustering such as Engineering to general support, such as Material Support Clerks.

In the absence of any significant external military threat against South Africa, the main aim of the SA Air Force is still to keep our air space safe. It remains, therefore, crucial to have a well-trained flying corps to be able to react to potential threatening situations. At this stage, Pilots and Navigators are mainly utilised for humanitarian purposes.

SA Navy: The South African Navy is a modern, balanced and credible Navy of which the people of South Africa are proud. It commands international respect and contributes to the safety, security and welfare of South Africa in times of peace and war. In order to meet the challenge, the SA Navy relies heavily on the expertise of all serving naval officers and ratings. Discipline, dedication, hard work and a keen interest in the maritime environment will contribute to a successful career with infinite challenges and opportunities.

The MSDS programme in the SA Navy is a two-year voluntary service system. Recruits are required to sign up for a period of two years, during which they will receive military training and further functional training in a specific field, e.g. Combat Operators, Support services, Submarine operators etc. in their first year of service. During the second year of service, depending on the duration of their functional orientation, they will be deployed where needed and given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop their skills.

SA Military Health Service: Excellent career opportunities await dynamic individuals with a keen interest in pursuing a career in the military health environment. The Department of Defence is proud to offer this service system to South African youth with the main purpose of promoting and enhancing the concept of nation building.

We are also serving national interests by encouraging our youth to develop a common South African identity through exposure to military norms and customs. The emphasis will mainly be on discipline development, empowerment and global competitiveness.

After completion of Basic Military Training, members may be earmarked for training in one of the following occupational fields: Intelligence, Logistics, Musician, Operational Emergency Care Practitioner, Human Resources, Protection, Physical Training Instructor, Military Instructor, Patient Administration to name but a few.

Special Forces Special Forces, as a strategic force, carries out special operations, independently or in co-operation with other State Departments or Services, to achieve national objectives, internally or externally, during peace or war comprising landward, airborne and waterborne capabilities. Special Forces is an affordable, dynamic and effective force, which boasts specially trained personnel, and is equipped with specialist equipment.

International recognition of the Special Forces capabilities, makes the Special Forces a credible force. The MSDS programme is a two-year voluntary service system with the long-term goal of enhancing the SA National Defence Force’s deployment capability. Recruits are required to sign up for a period of two years, during which they will receive Basic and Functional Military Training in their first year of service.

Recruits wishing to join the Special Forces can complete any of the Services' MSDS programmes during the first year. During the second year of service potential candidates will attend the Special Forces Basic Training Cycle. After successful completion of the Special Forces Basic Training Cycle the MSD candidate will be provided with the option of joining the short term contract system of the SANDF in order to serve in Special Forces.

For more information, visit the Department of Defence.


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