Buoyed by the success of its Western Cape recruitment drive, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Reserve Force next month aims at Gauteng tertiary institutions for its next intake of University Reserve Training Programme (URTP) volunteers.
The universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria as well as the Tshwane University of Technology will be called on by Reserve Force recruiting officers on March 5, 6 and 7.
They will give students an overview of the Reserve Force, its importance as a component of the full-time force as well present specific opportunities for trainee Reserve Force officers in five different SA Army formations. These are artillery, air defence artillery, armour, intelligence and signals.
The visit to the University of Pretoria will be the second and follows a successful recruitment drive among engineering faculty students last year.
In December 94 students from three Western Cape tertiary institutions successfully completed basic military training, conducted in eight modules, and will this year start with officer formative training.
Students who volunteer during the Gauteng recruitment round will follow the same route and should, by year-end, also be able to invite family and friends to their passing out parade signalling the start of a military career that will complement their civilian careers.