The success rate of 85% achieved during last year’s South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Reserve Force University Reserve Training Programme (URTP) bodes well for this year’s iteration, which will target six Gauteng tertiary institutions.
The first officer formative course run under URTP auspices following recruitment at and collaboration with the University of the Free State and the Central University of Technology saw 64 successful selections out of 120 assessments. Fifty-six completed basic military training and in December, 54 members completed officer formative training at the SA Army’s de Brug training area outside Bloemfontein.
“The completion of officer formative training is an important milestone not only for the Army but also for the Reserves and the SANDF,” said Major General Roy Andersen, Chief of Reserves.
The newly minted second lieutenants will now be posted to their Reserve Force units for further functional training.
This year’s URTP roll-out will see visits to North West University, the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology and the Medunsa campus of the University of Limpopo. Senior Reserve Force and SA Military Health Service officers will actively recruit students for training in the June/July university vacation.