Navy reveals MSD numbers for 2019

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This year’s intake of military skills development (MSD) personnel commenced last week with only one service – the SA Navy – to date indicating how many volunteers joined its ranks for the next two years.

defenceWeb last week asked the Corporate Communications Directorate of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) for the number of MSDs in this year’s intake, the number allocated to each service and where the volunteers who accepted reported for duty.

The response indicated the 2019 MSD intake commenced on 6 January.

“The administration is still in process, only after the completion, the Director Human Resource Acquisition will be able to provide information requested. The process is scheduled for completion on 18 January 2019 (sic).”

The maritime service of the national defence force is the smallest of the four arms of service and 228 young men and women who made the grade after volunteering and selection reported for duty at SAS Saldanha.

“The recruits will spend six months at SAS Saldanha and on successful completion of basic military training (BMT) will further undergo training in musterings including diving, radar technicians, ship mechanics, human resources, logistics, protection services, communications, intelligence, military police and others,” Commander Greyling van den Berg said.

The new additions are finding out what life in uniform – especially navy uniform – entails as they undergo the induction component of BMT at the west coast naval base.