Mr E M Mlambo (ANC) to ask the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans:
Whether she has found that the requirement that a SA National Defence Force (SANDF) member should change his rank every three years while in service has had any impact on the smooth running of the SANDF programme; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?
b.A member of the SANDF does not necessarily change his/her rank in every three year period, however, the minimum period in rank is as stipulated in the promotion policy of the SANDF.
c.A member’s promotion is determined by multiple criteria such as vacant funded posts must exist on SANDF post establishment, performance of a member, inherent post requirement, qualification in developmental and functional military courses.
d.The years in rank are therefore only one of many criteria that are applied in the execution of a promotion decision.