SANDF to recruit 11 000 next year

The South African National Defence Force is to recruit 11 000 new soldiers, airmen, sailors and medics next year, taking advantage of a R700 million allocation for that purpose in Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s February budget.    

Department of Defence (DoD) spokesman Sam Mkhwanazi says the military will this week start a recruiting campaign to fill the billets.

“The DoD`s recruitment crusade in terms of its Military Skills Development System (MSDS) is in the main currently focused on rural areas of the country to ensure that the youth from such areas also benefit from career opportunities offered by the SANDF.

“Furthermore, the targeting of the rural areas by the SANDF to recruit deserving and healthy young people will ensure that the SANDF mirror the demographics of the country,” Mkhwanazi says.

The DOD recruitment drive will commence on Friday at the Military Academy in Saldanha in the Western Cape. On Saturday the recruitment drive will proceed “to the townships of Cape Town.”

The recruitment campaign at the Military Academy in Saldanha in the Western Cape on Friday will be targeted at grades eleven and twelve learners from various schools from Saldanha Bay municipality.

“This exercise will be repeated at Silamela High School at Kwalanga in Cape Town on Saturday where Grades Eleven and Twelve learners from nearby schools of amongst others, KwaLanga, Gugulethu, Bonteheevel, Nyanga, Khayeletsha, will attend the event.”

Matriculants not yet 22 years old or university graduates (degrees or diplomas) who are not over the age of 26 are also invited to attend, the spokesman says. They will be expected to bring with them the following documents:

·         Copy of certified ID

·         Copy of certified University degree or diploma certificate

·         Copy of certified matric certificate

The DOD MSDS recruitment drive will be taken to all nine provinces of South Africa.

The primary aim of the MSD system is to rejuvenate the SANDF, provide it with scarce skills as well as serve as a feeder system for the Defence Reserves. It also seeks to alleviate the problem of scarce skills in the country as well as to provide the youth of the country with a head start in life.

Since its establishment in 2003, the SANDF has recruited and trained over 23 000 youths, of whom 12 000 have been appointed in the Regulars. More than 5000 are available in the Reserve.

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