South Africa Air Force (SAAF) Recruitments, Application & Requirements 2023
About South African National Defence Force
If You have decided that you’d like to join the SAAF
Personnel is the most important resource that the SAAF whose success is largely dependent on the extent to which its members are developed and utilized. The airforce considers it essential to recruit young volunteers who are prepared to serve in the air force for a limited period of time or to remain in a life long appointment.
The SAAF offers a number of varied and exciting careers, both in the air and on the ground. What would you like to do?
- Aircrew – Pilot or Navigator
- Aircrew – Other
- Command and Control
- Aviation Maintenance
- Engineering / Apprenticeship
- General Maintenance
- Reserve Squadrons
Military Skills Development System
The Military Skills Development System(MSDS) is a Department of Defence initiative that has been implemented since 2003. The MSDS serves as the entry platform for young South Africans who seek a career in the South African National Defence Force. Prospective applicants must have a Grade 12 qualification and be between 18 and 22 years old, or a Diploma with at least three (3) years tertiary qualification or a Degree to the age of 26 years. Selected applicants join the South African National Defence Force through the MSDS for an initial period of two year’s voluntary service, during which they will receive military training and further functional training. Further functional training includes a wide variety of options, varying from specialized musterings such as Engineering to general support musterings such as Material Support Clerks.
How to Join SANDF
Joining the South African army is never automatic; you must prove yourself to be fit and capable of working with them. Once you complete and submit the form, if you are one of the selected candidates for the MSDS programme, there are some processes that you will go through. For instance, in your first year of service, you will undergo medical evaluation in the week of commencement to qualify for the Basic Military and functional training. Also, you will be subjected t other sets of training such as Corp-specific training and combat-ready training exercises before the junior leaders are eventually selected.
Then, in the second year of the programme, as a junior leader, you will receive what is known as leader group corps training as well as that of Young Officers Formative training. More so, at this period, officers who would be allowed to study at the Military Academy would be selected. Apart from that, the focus would also be given to the utilization and deployment of troops that have been produced from the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) programme.
Saaf Recruitments Selection Process
Applications complying with the minimum requirements will be subjected to further screening. Candidates identified will then be invited to partake in a selection process.
The selection process entails the following:
The aim is to assess the candidate’s aptitude and potential to develop in the position that was applied for. The nature of these tests will depend on the position applied for.
Selection Board (formal interview):
A Selection Board will be conducted in order to assess the applicant’s interest in the position applied for, as well as his or her interest in the Defence Force in general. The interview will also focus on self-confidence, leadership potential, and communication skills.
A comprehensive medical evaluation will be conducted by appointed military medical practitioners in order to assess the applicant’s medical history and current medical status. All applicants must be declared fit for military training before commencement.
The fingerprints of applicants will be sent to the Criminal Record Bureau for verification. Records of convictions will be evaluated based on the severity thereof and how recently the offense (s) occurred.
Offer of Employment
Successful applicants will receive an offer of employment. Candidates who are not successful will be informed by correspondence. It is unfortunate that not all applicants who are recommended for training will receive an offer of employment due to the large number of applications received.
Basic Military Training
Basic Military Training is compulsory to all uniform personnel of the SA National Defence Force and is presented at the Air Force Gymnasium Boston (AFB Hoedspruit), over a period of approximately 13 weeks.
The following subjects will, amongst others, be presented during the training period:
- Military law
- Military ceremonies
- Buddy aid
- Physical training and Soldiership
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