The South African Navy Recruitment 2025 Intake. Apply NOW!

SANDF 2025 Intake Summary

The South African Navy (SAN) through its Military Skills Development System (MSDS), is offering young South African citizens an opportunity to serve in uniform on a two-year contract.

Closing date: 15 March 2024

The Recruits will receive military training and further functional training in their first year of service. During the second year of service, depending on the duration of the functional orientation, they will be deployed where needed and given opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop their skills.

This is part of the South African National Defense Force’s (SANDF) Military Skills Development System (MSDS) which is now open for the 2025 intake.

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.

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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 for Navy

  • • South African Citizen (No dual citizenship).
  • • 18 — 22 years of age (Gr 12).
  • • 18 – 26 (3 years Tertiary Qualification or N6) when reporting.
  • • Have no criminal record or pending cases.
  • • Comply with medical fitness requirements for the appointment.
  • • No Visible tattoos (Legs. Lower Arm, Neck and Face).

Opportunities available

Select one of the following:


  • Aged between 18 – 22
  • Completed Grade 12 with Mathematics and Physical Science with at least Level 4 for both subjects (NO Mathematical Literacy), excl LO.


  • Aged between 18 – 22
  • Completed Grade 12 with Mathematics and Physical Science with at least Level 4 for both subjects. excl LO.
  • Mechanical Engineering. Electrical Engineering with N6 and Trade Test (Transcripts of N4 and N5 must be attached)
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  • Aged between 18 – 22
  • Completed Grade 12 

Other Requirements

Applicants will be subjected to drug testing, Psychometric and medical evaluation, verification or criminal record, prescreening and verification of qualifications.

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

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

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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.


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  • Katlego Malope

    Katlego is a final-year student at the University of Johannesburg. Apart from bouncing molecules against each other in the Chemistry lab, she loves curating job opportunites for fellow youth. Katlego is also quite a singer!

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