Military Skills Development Opportunities

Closing Date: 29 February 2016
Location: ♦ Gauteng ♦ Eastern Cape ♦ Free State ♦ Northern Cape ♦ Limpopo ♦ Mpumalanga ♦ Western Cape ♦ North West ♦ KZN

The SA Army, through its Military Skills Development System (MSDS), is offering young South African citizens an opportunity to serve in uniform over a two-year period. The Military Skills Development System is a two-year voluntary service system with the long term goal of enhancing the SA National Defence Force’s deployment capability.

MSDS Candidates will be appointed in a specific corps career and will be called up to a Training Unit, where members will complete their Basic Military Training, Corps Functional Training, in the first year and be utilized and deployed in the second year of the MSDS.


• No dual citizenship. Be a SA Citizen ONLY
• MSDS Applicants must be between the ages of 18-22 years
• MSDS Graduates up to the age of 25 years
• Successfully completed Grade 12
• Not be area bound
• Have no record of criminal offence
• Preferably Single
• Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SANDF
• Be prepared to serve in uniform, undergo Basic Military and Functional Training
NB: During the selection, the applicant will be subject to Psychometric Test; -Medical Evaluation; Vetting on criminal record and Verification of qualifications.


The SA Army’s mandate focuses on the provisioning of combat ready forces and plays a leading role in landward operations. Training will be decentralized to operational units where members will be appointed to undergo Basic Military Training, Corps training and deployment.

MSDS applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 22 to be considered. Applicants who are in possession of a post Grade 12 qualification (Degree, Diploma or N6) must be between the ages of 18 to 25 may also be considered.

Successful applicants will be required to serve in uniform and undergo Military Training. Incomplete forms will not be considered. Only applicants who have passed Grade 12 may apply and must not be older than the age as stipulated above on the date of reporting for training. Certified copies of ID document, Grade 12 certificate or Post grade 12 qualifications and CV must accompany this application form to SA Army Recruiting, Private Bag X 981, Pretoria 0001.

ENQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS Administrative enquiries can be directed to the SA Army Recruitment Center at (012) 355 1438 or (012) 355 1420.

How to Apply?

Download the South African Military Skills Development Application Form 2017

If you are interested in the Military Skills Development System in the SA Army, please complete the coupon with the requested documentation enclosed and post it to SA Army HQ, Dir Army HR, SA Army Recruiting Centre, Private Bag X 981, Pretoria, 0001. Specific related enquiries can be directed to (012) 355 1420 or (012) 355 1438. Further information can be obtained on,

Should you not hear from the Department of Defence by 31 October 2016 please assume that you application has been unsuccessful. The Department of Defence reserves the right to employment.

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