The second leg of the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) recruitment drive aimed at university students is today being led by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on the Mafikeng campus of North West University.
As with the inaugural event at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth in August she engaged in a question and answer session with students keen careers in the military.
This, her spokesman Sonwabo Mbananga said, is part of an ongoing drive to re-introduce the SANDF to South Africans and highlight the varied specialist careers on offer in the military.
With the SANDF increasingly playing a role in regional and continental efforts to uphold the rule of law, assist in rebuilding countries affected by conflicts and providing training, peacekeeping, humanitarian relief and assisting with integration of statutory and non-statutory forces, the military needs specialist skills, he said. These include medicine and various engineering and science disciplines.
All four arms of service – the SA Air Force, SA Army, SA Military Health Service and SA Navy – have comprehensive displays of career opportunities with servicemen and woman on hand to answer questions and provide further information.
The SANDF website currently carries specialist application forms for pilots and navigators, combat officers and submariners, health and emergency care professionals as well as student engineers and technical personnel.