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South African Army Military Skills Development System (MSDS) 2025 intake. Apply NOW!

SANDF 2025 Intake Summary

The South African National Defense Force’s (SANDF) Military Skills Development System (MSDS) is open for the 2025 intake.

Closing date: 15 March 2024

Qualifying youth who are South African citizens are invited to apply. The Military Skills Development System is the entry-level recruitment programme of the South African National Defence Force. 

The recruitment is administered by the SANDF as a voluntary service system that allows young South African citizens to serve in uniform.

About SANDF Military Skills Development System

The MSD system takes up to 2 000 volunteers into either the SA Air Force (SAAF), SA Army, SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) or SA Navy (SAN) for two years. Basic military training is first up followed by specialist mustering training, dependent on service and then deployment to a division, unit or base.

Young people who take part in this course also have an opportunity to further their studies within the military or develop their skills.

This year, the South African Army, South African Air Force, South Africa Navy and South African Military Health Services are calling on young people to serve.

The MSDS has opened applications for  new recruits nationwide, the closing date is on 15 March 2024.

General Requirements

The MSDS programme needs the following requirements;

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • Have no criminal record
  • Meet medical and physical fitness requirements that are specified on the application form.
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Applicants who are 18 – 22 years must have completed Grade 12, with the Admission Point Score (APS) as stipulated:

South African Army.

  • APS 17 and above, excluding Life Orientation (LO) – Level 4 Mathematics and Physical Science will be advantageous.

South African Air Force

General Musterings.

  • APS 17 and above, excluding LO with specific subjects and levels as stipulated per occupation.

South African Air Force

Technical Trade

  • APS 20 and above, excluding LO with Mathematics, Physical Science and English with at least level 4.

South African Air Force

Engineer

  • APS 35 and above, excluding LO with Mathematics, Physical Science and English with at least level 4.

South African Navy

Combat, Technical Engineering

  • APS 24 and above, excluding LO and Mathematics and Physical Science with at least level 4 for both subjects (NO Mathematical Literacy).

South African Navy

Support

  • APS 24 and above, excluding LO with specific subjects and levels as stipulated per occupation.

South African Navy

Divers

  • APS 20 and above, excluding LO and Mathematics with least level 3 (NO Mathematical Literacy).

Submariners

  • APS 24 and above, excluding LO and Mathematics and Physical Science with at least level 4 for both subjects (NO Mathematical Literacy).

 South African Military Health Service.

  • APS of 24, excluding LO for all available occupations with specific subjects and levels as stipulated per medical/nursing occupation.
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Applicants who are between 18- 24 years need to have the following for the MSDS 2024 intake. Completed Grade 12 with APS 20, excluding LO with specific subjects and levels as stipulated:

SA Air Force

  • Pilots/Navigators must possess Mathematics, Physical Science and English minimum (Level 4). Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Grade 12 with Mathematics, Physical Science and English minimum (Level 4).

Applicants who are between 18 – 26 years if in possession of a three (3) year Tertiary qualification (Degree, National Diploma or N6 with N4 and N5 prescripts);

SA Air Force (Engineers)

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering,
  • Civil Engineering,
  • Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering.

SA Navy (Engineering)

  • Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

SA Military Health Service.

  • Public Relations and Journalism.
  • Organisational Study.
  • Medical/nursing occupations.

Application Forms

Click the relevant link below to get the application form you need:

Application forms are also issued at the following regional offices:

Regional Office Free State. Army Support Base Bloemfontein Recruitment Office, Pappa Brits Street, Tempe, Bloemfontein, 9300

Regional Office Western Cape. Castle of Good Hope Recruitment Office Block C, c/o Buiten en Strand Street, Cape Town, 8000

Regional Office Limpopo. Army Support Recruitment Office Building T143, Gate way Road, Polokwane, 0699

Regional Office Kwa-Zulu Natal. Recruitment Office, Lords Ground Military Base, 186 Old Ford Road (K.E. Masinga Road), Durban

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Regional Office Eastern Cape. Army Support Base Recruitment Office Willow Drive, Forest Hill, Port Elizabeth, 6013

Regional Office Northern Cape. Army Support Base Recruitment Office Kimberley, General Khan van der Spuy Avenue, Diskobolos, Kimberley

Regional Office North West. Army Support Base Recruitment Office, C/O Grobler St (R53) and Eleazer Road, Potchefstroom, 2531

Regional Office Gauteng. Recruitment Office, C/O Visagie and Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria Central, 0001

Applicants residing in Mpumalanga will access forms at the following venues: Army Support Base, 8 Spruit Street, Mbombela, 1201

4 South African Infantry Battalion, c/o Dr Beyers Naude and Boncker Street, Middelburg, Mpumalanga, 1050

Closing date: 15 March 2024

Please note that SANDF has no online application system. The application forms are obtained at the above indicated addresses.

Hand deliver your application to the nearest recruitment centre or via post at SA Army Recruitment postal address:

SA Army Headquarters, Chief Directorate Army Corporate Services, Directorate Army Human Resource, Recruitment Section, Private Bag X981, Pretoria 0001.

How to Apply

If you have not been contacted by 31 December 2024, kindly consider your application to be unsuccessful. MSDS APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: 15 MARCH 2024.

THE APPLICATION FORM IS NOT FOR SALE!!!!

Department of Defence Reserves the Right to Employment.

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