So, You Want a Career in Defence? Part 1

Are you young and fit and interested in serving in defence of you your country?  The South African Police Force, the Army, Navy and Air force all offer excellent career opportunities for you.  The defence forces have excellent job security with free education in an your area of excellence.  Service fields require that you are:

  • A South African Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have completed Gr 12 successfully
  • Have no criminal record
  • Be willing to serve in uniform
  • Be medically fit

Apply to the Army, Navy and Air Force in FEBRUARY.   You will hear the result by SEPTEMBER.  The 2018 application form is available here.  If you are currently in Matric, you cannot apply until next year February to start in October.  This means you will have a year that you need to fill in with other activities.  You can phone an army recruiter, contact details here.    Read this website for more information on how to join.

The Police Force advertise their recruitment phases in public listings such as newspapers.  More information on their application process is available here. 

Army

The SA Army provides combat ready forces.  The Military Skills Development System is a two-year voluntary service system.  Members undergo basic training and corps training during the first year and deployment during the second year.  There are many different corps available, each with focus on a specific service delivery.  These include engineering, intelligence, catering and much more.  The army prepares you for your career both in service and when you leave.

Your CV is the most important part of your application.  The focus is on educational performance, participation in sport and community involvement. Cognitive ability, motivation and determination to join the SA Army are also considered.  Applicants with a Matric Bachelor pass, above average grades and leadership potential may be selected to study at the Military Academy.  Applicants with a University Bachelor Degree can also apply for various army positions and the age limit is higher for graduates.

There is a really helpful summary of what happens during basic training here.  The stipend for basic training is R2000/ month.  After that you apply for positions in the army that have their own salaries.

More Information 1  More Information 2

Navy

The SA Navy provides a seaward military service. This is achieved through maritime operations, assistance and support operations and hydrographical services.   Like the army, the Navy offers a two year voluntary period of services.  They equip recruits with necessary skills for a career with the navy and also for general employment.  Training begins with Military training and is followed by Functional Training.

Combat applicants as well as Engineering and Technical applicants must have at least a code 4 for Maths and Physical Science (50-59%).  These applicants become Officers who are trained to lead in maritime warfare.  Finance Officers also form an important leadership function.  Officers can complete an appropriate University Degree during training.  You still need to get the required entry marks to be accepted at a university – being in the navy is not a backdoor entry!  Having a code 4 for Maths and Physics does not guarantee an offer of a place.  Out of 15 000 applications only 500 places are offered.  After academic screening, the best candidates complete a psychometric test, interview and medical before final selection.

Non-commissioned officers are responsible for much of the hands-on work and often also hold trade certificates as shipwrights, electronic fitters and mechanical fitters.

More Information 1  More Information 2   More Information 3

Contact Details

SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY; Telephone: (012) 355-1492/1150 Fax: (012) 355-1032

SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE Telephone: (012) 312-2033 (012) 312-1188(012) 312-2639 Fax: (012) 312-1347

SOUTH AFRICAN NAVY Telephone: (012) 339-4145 Fax: (012) 399-4112

 

To read about starting a career with the South African Police Force and Air Force, look out for Part 2 of this blog next week.

See Part 2 for information on the Air force and the Police force.

288 replies
    • isack
      isack says:

      my bra I need to join army for next year it’s just that I had a problem and now I’m doing grade 11 so I guess i won’t able to make it for matric and I’m old 21 so i was Willing to join the army or i can continue at collage so i need your advice

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      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Hi, You should continue at college. You can apply to the army up to age 26 if you have a three year post-school qualification.

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        • Lebogang
          Lebogang says:

          Ii would like to join please now am in grade 11 doing maths n science,, please get back to me and am 19 years old

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        • jarrod luke hager
          jarrod luke hager says:

          Hii I’m 18 years old and I really want to join the military and I don’t have my matric and my dream has always been to do so but I want to know how could I go about to do so I’m fit and strong I have a lot of dedication and my commitment is my honor please if there is a way how would it be

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          • Kath Morse
            Kath Morse says:

            Hi, You will need to finish your matric to be able to apply to the army. You can do this by either going back to school or going to a TVET College. Colleges offer a vocational matric in Safety and Security in Society. It is a good prep for the army. All the best, Kath

      • Nkateko Maleyane
        Nkateko Maleyane says:

        good day I completed my matric in 2016 I am currently 19years old I am very keen in joining the military I have always wanted to join but I am struggling to join due to the forms because the information is not clearly stated such as the whereabouts of finding the forms plz help

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          • kamogeloQueenc
            kamogeloQueenc says:

            So as I am in grade do I need to apply this coming January and wen done matrix agn ? How many years for training?

          • Kath Morse
            Kath Morse says:

            Hi, If you are in matric now you need to complete your matric and pass. You can then apply next year in January. You will hear if you are successful by September and you will be offered a 2 year contract. You then do 6 months of basic training. From there you go into a specific unit and serve for another 1,5 years. After that you can apply for further positions in the army or leave and find another job. Kath

        • bandile
          bandile says:

          me to i have already pass my matric last year i have an admission to a diploma in 2016 i want to apply in South African army millitary force but i dont know what can i me to i have already pass my matric last year i have an admission to a diploma in 2016 i want to apply in South African army millitary force but i dont know what can i do

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, There are no mark requirements for joining however he must have a matric pass and they do select the best candidates. Selection is based on matric results, CV and physical fitness. Applications are open in Jan/Feb for 2020 intake. If he is working or studying now it will help his application. All the best, Kath

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  1. Dumisani Makamu
    Dumisani Makamu says:

    How does one apply to the defence force. I’m trying to get the information however it seams like the is no information relating to any application other than the information in the internet which appears to be out dated or information which lead to a dead end. I think the force must be more transparent to the public

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    • Tlaleng Vicentia
      Tlaleng Vicentia says:

      Hey, I also applied for S.A. army in 2015 and they called. I did not know that it was them cause that time they used private. So and I went to ask about the call and at the army they told me that it was them.and they asked me to apply again. I applied, so all I wanna is that will they call me or….I really wanna join the army, in very passionate in serving at the military. ..answer please. Will they call?

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      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Hi, I don’t work for the army so I really don’t know. I think if you haven’t heard by the end of this month then you haven’t been selected. As you have been to ask before, you obviously know who or where to go. I suggest you go to ask again.

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  2. mpho.william.maluleka
    mpho.william.maluleka says:

    am 29 years old ,And i do want a career or anoportunity to stady a career under miliitory but if there is a college or university that’s offer millitory skills in S.A ARROUND GAUTENG please help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You shouldn’t worry about where you are going to study military because they take care of your accommodation. Applications open in March each year.

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      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Hi, I suggest you go to College and do Safety and Security in Society – National Vocational Certificate. It is equivalent to matric and a good lead in to a defence career.

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  3. Steyn Bezuidenhout
    Steyn Bezuidenhout says:

    Can someone provide me with the age limit for possible applicants? I can’t seem to find the age limit to qualify as a successful candidate…
    Please help

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      • charl
        charl says:

        Hello I am eager to join the SANDF but i am in grade 9 and 15 years old . Is there a way that i can apply now and wen done with school emeditly join the army ?

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, You need to finish school and then apply. Applications open in January, after matric, and you will be notified by September if you are successful. For now you should focus on your school work and makes sure you get the best grades possible. Kath

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  4. mugagadeli mukhethwa
    mugagadeli mukhethwa says:

    i would like to serve in the navy but i am still doing my matric so i want to know if i do qualify i am 20 years please help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Your age is fine as long as you pass matric you can apply in March next year. They only let you know by September next year so you can get a job for a few months also.

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  5. thabiso
    thabiso says:

    Haven’t heard anything since I’ve applied at March. Does this mean i don’t stand any chance as a successful candidate

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  6. zethu
    zethu says:

    I am 21 doing my 3rd year in teaching but I am not passionate about it I have always wanted to serve in the army and study further but. my applications have been. ignored over and over but I want to serve in the army what do I do cause ill be 22 and im. afraid my applications won’t be successful 🙁 🙁 somebody please help

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  7. katlego
    katlego says:

    I’m 23 years old having only a matric with 3 distinctions, however having exceeded the age limit, can I still make-it into the SANDF?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I think you are going to be too old for SANDF however if you are interested in service, you could apply to the police force.

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      • katlego
        katlego says:

        oh dear(extremely disappointed), I’m just not interested in SAPS. at this point I just hate myself for not researching about sandf just as I completed my matric. there goes my dream…

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  8. Palesa
    Palesa says:

    Im in grade 11 this year and i would like to be in the army after my matric next year,when must i register and how many distinctions must i atleast obtain?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Palesa, You register in March, the year after you finish matric. You won’t hear until later in the year so it is a good idea to either get a job or start some study whilst you wait. The army doesn’t require particular subjects or marks but if you want to study when you are in the army you will still need to meet the university or college requirements for the course you want to study. Some corps (areas of the army) do require maths and physics, for example Artillery, and Leadership training requires above average school grades and leadership potential. Read more at: http://www.gostudy.mobi/careers/View.aspx?oid=830

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  9. nomda
    nomda says:

    I have matric and i have completed in 2011 so i want to applay for Army and i want to know is there any possibility that i can get informed if the applecation forms are available.

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  10. Tiyani ngobeni
    Tiyani ngobeni says:

    im Tiyani im doing grade 11 I’d like to serve in the navy as a (IT) how am I supposed to apply more info please

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Applications will open around March of the year AFTER you do matric. They are available online. You will find out if you are successful by September. You then complete 6 months basic training after which you get to apply for specific “positions” or “training”/ musters. It helps to have maths and physics.

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  11. Sandile
    Sandile says:

    Easy to get there! but my problem is that if i apply early february when i’m going to confirm that they’ve been accepted me may you please help me guys

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Sandile, They will let you know if you are accepted by September. You are welcome to reapply if you don’t get in. You will have the best chance if you go to college and start learning a trade and then apply.

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, I can’t say for sure how they recruit and they don’t answer my e-mails about it however, last year, a man I know who used to be in the navy asked someone about it and they said they want maths and physics. Like, I said, I have not been able to confirm this myself.

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  12. Annalize
    Annalize says:

    Good day Kath
    My son is now in grade 12 now. He want to join the Navy or Air force. Can we send in his CV now and next year his application? Can you please tell me what is the % that he must achieve for level3 in mathematics and physical science

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, He needs to apply after he completes matric. I can’t answer for how the navy and army select but I do know they literally receive thousands of applications and obviously they chose the best of these, based on the CV and matric results, to take through for further interviews and testing. Code 3 is 40%.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You will hear by October 2016 if you are successful. As that is quite some time away, I suggest you get a job whilst you wait.

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  13. Nkosinathi
    Nkosinathi says:

    I’m 19 years old and I’ve already applied at the Sandf Army and Navy.I passed my Metric in 2015 with a Diploma,so how can I know that I’m accepted/selected and when?

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  14. Dylan
    Dylan says:

    HI, I want to join the sa navy and be a weapon operator not a combat officer , i have life science and math lit but not physical science. Will this be a problem?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      I’m afraid you are going to have to rethink this. If you haven’t done any further study then you are not going to be eligible for the army as you are too old now to be recruited unless you have a tertiary qualification.

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      • Christopher
        Christopher says:

        halo i wanna apply for the national defence force.I study this year at chrysalis academy in cape town-Tokai I dont have matric but i.am currwently busy with my level 4 at abet in worcester level 4 is equal too a matric certificate i just wannna know can i apply with that?

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  15. Paulette mlangeni
    Paulette mlangeni says:

    Hi I did not do maths and physical science at school,my subject were maths literary, economic, business studies, geography. Does this decrease my chances of being a SA navy?but now I’m studying safety in society at a college for 3 years.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I wish I could answer this question but I am struggling to get anyone to clarify how the navy does their recruitment. I have heard that maths and physics is important. I’ve also heard that “Safety and Security” will help you get in. In reality, I don’t know what is true in terms of naval recruitment. If you are in Cape Town I suggest you go along to the Simonstown Naval Festival and ask someone. It is coming up in April – http://www.navy.mil.za/archive/1511/151126_navyfest2016/article.htm

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, unfortunately you are too old for the army now. If you are interested in a career, I suggest you go to your local college and see what courses they have available. They will do a careers test with you and offer you some advice.

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  16. Daphney
    Daphney says:

    I passed grade 12 n now I’m doing my second year in boiler making at Tvet College and during my application I even attached my metric resultsn ma college result I want to know if I will be called n when?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, As far as I understand, if you are not called by September then you are not accepted. You can always reapply though and applications are open now.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I am not part of the defence force, this is just a helpful blog which no one pays for. As far as I understand, if you have not heard by September, then you have not been successful.

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  17. zinhle
    zinhle says:

    I want to work for the army of south africa but I don’t have grade 12 I’m working on getting grade 12 please help I want the job. I’m 22 of age I’m female

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You will need matric to apply. But even if you get matric but don’t get into the army, you have a much better chance of job just getting matric. Keep going. You are on a good path.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Get the best marks you can for matric. Even though there is no minimum marks required, they do get a lot of applications and obviously take those with the best marks.

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  18. Rebaona masilo
    Rebaona masilo says:

    hi im Rebaona and im a 19 years old women who completed matric in 2015
    , and i have passed my matric with a diploma,my dream is to become a soldier so my problem is that i did economics,business, maths lit subjects so i want to know that i still have chances to work at army plzz help coz i already applied in February.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, There aren’t specific subjects required. If you don’t get an offer you might want to consider “safety and security” at FET college. I have heard that it is a good course to lead into the army.

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    • bandile
      bandile says:

      i have pass my matric last year i have an administration to a diploma i was doing history life science mathes lit agric science l.o and languages but i fail only mathes lit in subject that iwas doing in 2016 and iam 19 yeas old iwant to be a soldier is it possible to be if it is possible how can i apply?

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  19. nkosikhona
    nkosikhona says:

    Hi.I’m nkosikhona gumbi I’m so interested to join army but my fear is that I’m 23 years old,I have matric.so do I still have any chace to get there?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, if you have studied at tertiary you can apply up to age 26 but 23 is too old if you have not studied since matric. Why don’t you go to your local FET college and enrol in something the army might find useful? Business management, engineering or catering are all jobs needed in the army.

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  20. inga
    inga says:

    Hi I’m Inga Kamzembe a 19 year old girl . I have passed my matric in 2015 and I was doing Mathematics and Physical Sciences in Highschool which I have passed with a code 3…..I need help cause I want to apply for a job in the army either in Navy or Airforce but I dont know where to get the application forms and I also want to be among those who will be taken for selection this October (be among candidates) …..I hope my plee will receive your favourable warm hands .

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  21. inga
    inga says:

    Its me again Inga Kamzembe ..If possible can I do an online application ? if yes please give me the website ..If no please give me the nearest place I can get them from cause I’m around Joburg .

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  22. bokang
    bokang says:

    Am doing my second year in BSc IT in a college an id like to apply for whn am done when cn i?and do i Hve to qualify for 2 years

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  23. Tshepo
    Tshepo says:

    hi. Name is Tshepo. I finished College Engineering, but problem is i dnt meet Average %. I want join airforce or navy.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I’m not sure what you mean about average %? Do you mean you didn’t pass your final exams at college?

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  24. armand
    armand says:

    I’m pasionate about join the forces,but the problem is i dont have matric. IF it is possible for anyone to assist i’ll highly appreciate it i don’t want to be on any engineering places i litarly want to be on the battle field. Im a 21 year old male with standard 8 behind my name i want to make a diffrence.
    Tanks

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I think you might need to modify your plans a little. You can get your matric at a TVET college. You should take the speciality – Safety and Security in Society. This will be specific for your interests. Because of your age though you still might not get into the army when you finish however there will other options open to you that you don’t have now.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I don’t work at the SADF so I can’t say for sure where they are up to with applications but I would think you still have a chance as the date hasn’t passed.

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  25. Kegomoditswe
    Kegomoditswe says:

    Hey,i am kegomoditswe i have a big problem i dont have matric cetificate and am having grade 10 so i would like to work @ army but still studing at work

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  26. Zanele
    Zanele says:

    Hey guz i am 19 year old am a female I want to join an army but am doing grd 11 this year.I will be doing my matric next year so when I must apply.

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  27. Dipolelo Malaka
    Dipolelo Malaka says:

    Hi,i am a 21 year old female did my matric last year and i have a kid…do i have any chances in the SANDF because i really would love to be part of it…i just don’t know if i’ll qualify because i already have a kid

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Having a kid does not disqualify you from getting in but I’m not sure about whether you would be able to get family arrangements during basic training. Best would be to contact them and ask: (012) 355-1492/1150

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  28. Tebogo
    Tebogo says:

    I’m willing and interested in doing the job coz its my dream job. The thing is I’m not done schooling yet. So please I’d like more info. My contacts are 0633871896

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, There are no jobs advertised on this page. If you are interested in the army then there are application forms online from early next year.

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  29. Antonio
    Antonio says:

    Hi I finished matric last year and desperately want to join the SANDF,when does the applications open next year,and can I get the application form at their head officers??

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Applications open early in the year and you can get them online. I don’t know if you can get them from their head office. Best idea would be to phone and ask.

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  30. Masivuye Mbanjwa
    Masivuye Mbanjwa says:

    Hi Kath am Masivuye next year i will be doing grade 12 nd i will be 21 years. I would like to know if i will still have a chance to join the army by 2018. I really love the job plz help i am doing Maths lit, Geography, History nd Tourism at school.. so i want to join a Air force or SADF… plz help

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, From what I’ve heard, the defence forces preference young people with maths and science in matric or with a post-matric qualification, including trades.

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, you do meet minimum requirements but it is unlikely you will get in without a further qualification. Go to your nearest TVET College and register for a trade. You can also apply to NSFAS to cover the cost. When you have your trade, apply to the army. You will have a better chance that way.

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  31. Mangezi tebogo
    Mangezi tebogo says:

    Good day…my problme is fail my matric only two subjects and my dream was to be a solder so i dnt know i can apply or not because i ws at grade12 bt i didnt make it so what mst i do my honour??????

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can rewrite your two subjects or you can go to TVET college and register for a NCV (Safety and Security in Society). It will take you 3 years and is a good preparation for the army/ police and other security service careers. Either way, you should act today. Both rewrite and NCV courses will soon be full. If you want to know the nearest rewrite program to you please email me at kathsaili@gmail.com and tell me where you live.

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  32. Segomotso Seleke
    Segomotso Seleke says:

    Hi I really want to do “IT” at military but I don’t know if my results qualify, should I email you my results and see if I qualify?

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  33. princess danisile
    princess danisile says:

    hi I am princess I wanted to be in are army for are long time but my only problem is that I have done commerce at school so it necessary for me to apply or what cause being in the army is my dream but the only problem is that they want people who have done mathematical and physical science so what must I do apply or not apply cause I wanted apply many times

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Yes I have also heard you need maths and physics with good grades to get in. You can alternatively go to TVET College and learn a trade and then apply to the army.

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  34. princess danisile
    princess danisile says:

    also am at college doing my information technology end user computing level 3 so I don’t know what to do cause I wanted to be in the army for are long time please help me cause don’t know what to do about this issue

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  35. mtonga wandiswa
    mtonga wandiswa says:

    hellow can I ask that which course am I qualifying for at military if my results are as follow……
    maths literacy……level 3
    accounting. ………………….4
    busines studies……………4
    economics……………………4
    life orientation. ……………..4
    English. …………………………3
    home language. …………….6

    cz I really want to be the part of military

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      The process is that you first apply to the military. Then if you are accepted you go to basic training. You then apply to serve in a particular corps (service area). Training is offered within that corps as determined by the needs of the army. At the moment the army is most likely to recruit young people with strong maths and physics marks. If you really want to get into the military you will be better off to go to TVET college first and get a trade and then apply. NSFAS funding is available for TVET college courses. Registration for both TVET and NSFAS is open right now.

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  36. princess danisile
    princess danisile says:

    so what if you are at college doing other course are we allowed to apply am doing end user computing at college so they will take me or I must also go to TVET college to study trade will they take me cause I will 23 next year

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  37. Koena
    Koena says:

    hi ,, i am 24 this year and i have matric and a 3 years National diploma in Public Management. I have applied to join sandf. Do you think i have chances to be selected for interview?? And when do they normally start calling applicants??

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      I think you stand a chance. They don’t call until August- September though so you should first get a job and build your CV and experience.

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  38. Thembani
    Thembani says:

    Hi, if may i ask a question do i still have a better chances to join the SANDF coz im 20 years old now i completed matric on 2014 the problem i didn’t passed well

    I’ve passed *English with level 2

    Home language IsiZulu ……level.5

    Life Orientation….level…3

    Mathematical literacy…level…2

    History……level……3

    Agricultural science…..level….2

    And i tried to apply last year, they told me im not qualify and its better me to go back to school and upgrade my subject. So this year i decided to go study at college the course of safety and security in Society. Do i still have a better chances to reach my goal?

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      That is a really good course in the area of your interest and the TVET college instructors say that it DOES help with applications to the army. You can apply with matric only (or matric equivalent) up until the age of 25. So you are still on track. You might also find some other options you like during your course.

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  39. ayesha
    ayesha says:

    So if I am 24years but haven past matrix last grade was 11 that means that I have to go back to school and do my grade 12 only then I can join the army .can we join the army without any matric

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You do need matric to join the army and unfortunately you are now also too old. Go to your nearest TVET college and ask them what courses of study they can offer you. They will do a careers assessment with you and help you find a way forward.

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      • Akhona
        Akhona says:

        Hi i have send my application i have N6 in electrical engineering but without trade test at the moment do i stand a chance in selection

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        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, I think you stand a chance but I don’t work for the army and have never succeeded in getting them to explain their recruitment priorities. If you do your trade test in the next couple of months, add it to your application. Being qualified will help.

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  40. Canboy
    Canboy says:

    Hi i’m 21yrs,i compplite Matric on (2015),i like to join SANDF.I did GEOGRAPHY…5 MATHS LT…4 LO…7 ENGLISH HL…4 BUSSINES STUDY..3 TOURISM…5 ZULU FL…5 …which course i may belong 2

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, My understanding is that SANDF are only recruiting at matric level if you have good maths and physics marks. Otherwise they recruit if you have a trade and you are under 22 years or other tertiary qualification and under 27 years. Your best plan will be to go to your nearest TVET college and see what they can offer you in terms of a trade. At least you will have a skill that leads to employment then even if you don’t make it for the SANDF

      Reply
  41. William
    William says:

    Hi, i posted like 12 forms to Pretoria like the form states, I’ve been posting it since January up until now, i fit all the requirements, i i have matric (diploma pass) i have my license, i am 18y/o ,but my maths are normal ,not excellent, but my matric certificate says diploma pass, I’m very fit & healthy, would any of you know when they wwoul et me know? It doesn’t state pure mathematics & science on the form, only on The air force form, so i didn’t apply for the a/force, but like i said i fit all the requirements, when should i expect a call ?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      You can only expect to hear in September if you are successful so it is worthwhile getting a job or furthering your education for the next 6 months.

      Reply
  42. Koketso Mashao
    Koketso Mashao says:

    I Koketso Mashao 18years . I passed my matric with Diploma and now am looking forward to study . I’m interested in this course but I didn’t do Mathematics and Physical Sciences .
    Can I also apply for this career?

    Reply
  43. William
    William says:

    SA Army HR told me that people that fit the qualifications etc can be recruited, no pure maths or high match points, it only state that you should “preferably” have a diploma/bachelors pass on your matric certificate and be the appropriate age, i mean, the form & hr wouldn’t lie & say otherwise.

    Reply
  44. jack
    jack says:

    hi kath I’m jack I have 25yrs old. and I’ve always wanted to be in SANDF I did apply while I was doing my matric 2011 but I never got response is the any chance that I could still make it. please help because I love this job to serve and protect my country

    Reply
  45. William
    William says:

    Hi no you should just contact the HR department of Sandf all that people that deals with the intake told me that’s pure maths and science is only necessary for Navy & Airforce

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Unfortunately that plan is probably not going to work out for you. You do need matric and you need to have it by the time you are 22 years to apply to the army. Don’t give up on the idea of studying further though. Look for a TVET College that has accommodation. Apply to the college and apply for accommodation and apply for NSFAS funding. The college will help you with all those things. As much as you can, start saving for things that you might need like transport. You can see a list of TVET colleges here: http://www.fetcolleges.co.za/Site_Public_FET.aspx

      Reply
  46. Emollient Emotion
    Emollient Emotion says:

    hi Kath ,I’m turning 21 years on June this year , I’ve applied early on February, i hv passed matric in the year of 2015 with bachelors degree I was doing maths n science ..so my question is’ is there any chance to get into sandf due to my age?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You are not too old to be accepted this year however if they don’t take you this year, you will be too old next year.

      Reply
  47. Thando
    Thando says:

    hi Kath I went for the selection processes in Durban last month and I passed all the tests and even did medical test but now what is stressing me is that I don’t know when I they going to call for training… please help me with the details

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you are successful they will phone and offer a contract of employment in September. Basic training runs from October to December. Kath

      Reply
  48. Christopher
    Christopher says:

    halo Kath I wanna apply too the national defence force i dont have matric but i.am currently busy with my level4.A level4 is equal too a matric certificate can i apply with it I have study this year at chrysalis academy in cape town-tokai.So i know the drilling and fitness test i just know the basics of the drilling

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Christopher, I just need to check what you are doing. If it is ABET 4, then that is equivalent to Grade 9, N1. You would need to go on and do a National Vocational Certificate in Safety and Security at a TVET College N2,3,4. This is equivalent to matric. If you are already completing the National Vocational Certificate (N4) then you can use it to apply for the army. Kath

      Reply
  49. Moeketsi
    Moeketsi says:

    Hi,I’am currently studying bachelor of social science at University this is my first year.So can i apply next year on Jan/Feb?or finish my degree first? I’m 20 years old.

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, The best is to finish your degree first and then apply. They have a special admissions program for graduates. Kath

      Reply
  50. NMU Student
    NMU Student says:

    Hey there! I’ m currently studying HR at NMU in PE. I would love to join the navy but I’m worried about my lack of Mathematics and Physical Science subjects. I have done some research on my own and found that the Navy doesn’t really rule out people without these two however they always take preferance to them in the recruitment process.

    Luckily, I’m still 19 years old and I plan on applying next year.Do I have much of a chance though? I’d like to practise HR at the Navy.

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      I’ve not had much luck getting anyone in the Navy to explain their recruitment process to me however I have also heard about maths and physics. I think that as you are studying at NMU already that will help your application. You might want to consider applying to the army also?

      Reply
  51. UP
    UP says:

    Hey there, I’m currently studying engineering at the University of Pretoria since 2011 which means which means I’m 25 this year. I have an undying passion for the military but I’m worried that I might be too old to apply. Can I still go for it?

    Reply
  52. Nazario Schoeman
    Nazario Schoeman says:

    Hi, I am currently in grade 10, 15years old but i was wonderng what can I do in the army without maths and science one day and what do I need

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can be selected for the army without maths and science. There are many, many army based careers. Look here: http://www.gostudy.mobi/careers/View.aspx?oid=830 Participation in sport, community and work all count towards your selection. You can also consider taking a trade at a TVET college first and then applying to the army afterwards. TVET trades are funded by the government NSFAS. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Well done on continuing your studies. When you have completed ABET4 it is equivalent to Grade 9, NQF1. You need matric to join the army. There are other options for you though. When you pass your ABET, go and visit your nearest TVET college and discuss your options Kath

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  53. Madeleine Myburgh
    Madeleine Myburgh says:

    Good day my name is Madeleine, I would like to enquire regarding the navy. my son is very keen on joining when finished with school he is currently in grade 10. My question is , his subjects are maths, business studies, CAT and accounting. Will this count against him when he does apply in years to come? or do we change subjects. Urgently await your reply. Thank you

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Madeleine, I have struggled to get definite advice from the Navy about subject choice however I have heard that they preference maths and physics. You could try calling their recruitment officer directly and asking. You can apply for the navy with matric only or with a tertiary qualification. If he isn’t accepted straight out of school, he should definitely re-apply after he gets a tertiary qualification. In regards to subject change, he can change one of his subjects to physics BUT it would be very difficult to catch up the year’s work. I’m not sure that your school would allow it. If your school does allow and he really wants to do it then the best chance would be to register him with Master Maths/ Science now and start working on the Grade 10 physics curriculum for 4 hours/ week.

      Reply
  54. Carissa
    Carissa says:

    Hello, I need urgent advice please. Next year, I’ll have my LLB law degree. I have an excellent matric certificate. I really want to serve our country in the Army, Air Force or Navy.. will there be something that I can do with my law degree in the SANDF?

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  55. Sithole Nkhensani
    Sithole Nkhensani says:

    Hi i applied this year for army but they still didn’t reply, i have matric certificate but i did history so I’m asking if i can go to college which course must i do in order to be considered in military ???????

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you didn’t hear from the army by now then you didn’t get in this time. They reply in September to start basic training in October/ November. Doing a trade that is useful to the army can help your application. Anything in mechanics, engineering or building could help. There are no promises though. Whether or not you get in depends on what the army needs and who else has applied that particular year. All the best, Kath

      Reply
  56. Zena Broadway
    Zena Broadway says:

    Hey im Zena and i just finished matric at 17 and im keen on joining the SA army but will by height be a problem …im about 5’6

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can apply with a foreign equivalent. You should get it rated by SAQA. Also you must have SA Citizenship only. Kath

      Reply
  57. Welly
    Welly says:

    Hi my name is welly I’m 19 years old but I’m turning 20 at August,so im wishing to join SA special force but i have failed my matrix so will i be able to join SA special force please help me i really want to know ?

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  58. yongamela
    yongamela says:

    Kath…….I finished my matrix last year 2017.and am 19yrs old..I passed with Diploma ,and I was doing Maths lit…my question is do I have the possibility to make it to Military force army.???
    iyangidla lento 😐

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can apply to the army with any level matric pass. They do get a lot of applications and places are competitive so good grades helps. They consider other things also though like fitness and your work experience. Also if you get a trade, it helps your application. Kath

      Reply
  59. kamo
    kamo says:

    Hi, so im doing my final year in Bcom economics. I wanna apply for the Navy or Army bt however I also want to continue with my postgraduate studies(in economics)…. So my question is will I be able to study part-time while training.. And also do you know how much stipend trainees get?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, you will apply for the defence this time next year. They will call you up in September for basic training which runs for 6 months. You cannot study during basic training. After that you can apply to study further and the army may support you to study full time, as long as it is in an area that they need graduates in. You can’t be in the defence part time. Kath

      Reply
  60. ngeziwe
    ngeziwe says:

    Hy l am turning 25 this yr nd i want to join army but i dont have N6 or any degree but i’ve trade tested i have (welding certificate)

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Ngeziwe, Unfortunately it is too late for you. However welders are in short supply and there are many jobs out there, so you will get work. All the best, Kath

      Reply
  61. Dan
    Dan says:

    I have the required things for army and I’d like to join for army this year, can you please explain to me that where can I get the application forms please!

    Reply
  62. King Mfundo
    King Mfundo says:

    Hi, my name is king ,
    I have a big Passionate about being a pilot with Military.

    I’m currently doing my Gr12 senior certificate this year and I need to know will I be eligible to apply for the opportunities?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you have maths and phyisc then you have a chance to study to be a pilot with the airforce. Otherwise, you can apply to the army with a completed matric and a good CV. Your CV should show that you are determined and motivated. Include any volunteering or leadership or extram mural commitments. Kath

      Reply
  63. Pitso
    Pitso says:

    Hi I’m Pitso and I have applied at SANDF this year I’m 19 and complete my matric with diploma pass and I failed maths and physics so I wanna know that I would be considered and how they bona gonna notify me a call or SMS?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Pitso, I’m not sure if they call or SMS. You can phone Recruitment and check. You will not hear before September.
      Tel : (012) 339 4000
      SA Army: (012) 255-1438/ 1420
      SAAF: (012) 312-1261/ 2875/ 2695
      SA Navy:(012) 339-4352/ 4004
      E-mail: navyrecruitment@sanavy.co.zabr
      SAMHS:(012) 671-5169
      They consider your application based on your CV as well as your matric certificate. I have heard that the navy will not consider you without maths and physics however the army will. You also need to realise that there are many, many applications. They will take the best applications. Whilst you are waiting to hear from them you should get a job or register at your TVET college to study a trade. You will be much more likely to be recruited into the SANDF if you have a work record or trade on your CV. Kath

      Reply
  64. Burt
    Burt says:

    Good day,

    I have a friend that AWOLed from the Navy a few years ago.

    I would like to know whether he can be considerate again to join, and if so, how do we go about to get the process started?

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  65. Skhulile
    Skhulile says:

    Hi my name is Skhulile, I am 29 years old and have always wanted to be part of the army but the the opportunity to apply has only come now that I am divorced, and it seems I am 3 years older than the required 26 year age limit for degree/diploma graduates. I would like to find out if there is any possibility that I could still be considered to join as this is my long time dream.

    Reply
  66. Ray
    Ray says:

    Hi. Recently I lost my phone and didn’t do a sim swap yet. Struggling to get that done. So i applied this year for 2019 msds programme. How will the army get hold of me then if I need to go in for interview and selection process.

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you don’t get the sim swap done they won’t be able to contact you. Some people have been contacted already. I am not aware of any process whereby you can give them an alternative number. Sorry. Kath

      Reply
  67. Nkanyiso Biyela
    Nkanyiso Biyela says:

    I am Nkanyiso Biyela I applied in January for SA Army then they sent me SMS on the 3 May 2018 for Selection process that was at NKR 5SAI they interviewed me and I also did a medical assessment. When should I know I am hired for 2019 intake?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I wish the army would share their recruitment process publicly but they don’t. You will have to wait. They do finalize by September though so it won’t be too long. You are really fortunate to have gotten this far and other people in this blog would like to know how you did it? If you have a moment… would you reply? What do you think helped your application succeed? Kath

      Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Congratulations on making it this far. The army doesn’t disclose its recruitment process so I don’t know when you can expect to hear but I think by September for basic training to start in October. Lots of people would like to know how to get selected. Can you tell us why you think your application was successful so far? Kath

      Reply
  68. sebego collen
    sebego collen says:

    my name is Collen Sebego and i have 3 years applying to become a soldier but i ddnt get any reply over those years. Ever since i was born my dream was to serve and protect my country with my life but den unfortunately i did not even get a call or sms. i am now a security guard because thats the list i can do to protect and serve my community. i am turning 25 next year and i have N5 business management, N6 management assistant, grade B security training, drivers license, competency with all guns. if there is something i can do to be a soldier i will be the happiest man.

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, The first thing they look at with your application is your CV. May be this is the problem. If you would like to send your CV to me I can look at it for you and you can try again for next year. You can email me at kathsaili@gmail.com Kath

      Reply
  69. katleho
    katleho says:

    Hello my name is katleho.I would like to know that how long does it take a person to know that he/she is qualified into the army just after the closing date of the application?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You hear from them between July-September for an interview and medical with final decisions by October. All the best, Kath

      Reply
  70. nokwakha
    nokwakha says:

    hi, I am still in grade 11 I just want to know if they do offer health services like nursing in army and how do I apply after matric and what are the requirements

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You apply for the army after matric. You complete basic training (6 months) then you apply for a position in the army. If you are interested in medical then you’ll apply to the medical corps. You then apply for funds to study and if granted, you apply to study nursing at university. You still need to meet the usual entrance requirements but the army will pay for your study. All the best, Kath

      Reply
  71. Yaseen
    Yaseen says:

    I am interested in joining SANDF and finish matric at the end of nov 2018. being 19 in 2019, i need to know when do i sign up and when will i start training

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You apply online in Jan/Feb and will hear by Sep if you are accepted. Make sure you have a good CV and do something constructive with your 9 months off. When they call you for an interview you need to be able to impress them with how you used your time. School leaver CV template here: http://saili.org.za/website/school-leaver-cv/ All the best, Kath

      Reply
  72. sphamandla
    sphamandla says:

    hi iam sphamandla Mdlalose i apply for s.a army and s.a airforce and i get the respond with both career then i do the psychometric test and medical also the interview in 5SAI ladysmith so iwanna to know that it possible to recruit for 2019 intake

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, If you’ve had the medical and interview then you should hear in the next month if you are selected for basic training. All the best, Kath

      Reply
      • JACQUES
        JACQUES says:

        Hi iam in gr.11 and 19 years old so next year i will be 20 in matric so i want to know if i can dan still apply please i hope for good news.

        Reply
        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Yes you can still apply. Remember that you have to send in a CV with your application. Volunteering is a good way to get experience that you can list on your CV. All the best, Kath

          Reply
  73. joe
    joe says:

    Hello kath i’m 20 yrs old n i completed my matric in 2016 with diploma im currently studying a tvet college and i have already completed N1-N4(electical ENG), do u think my application will be successful if i apply for army?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Having a trade certainly helps with applications to the army. Make sure your CV looks good. If you have a job or even volunteer experience, that will help you get in. The age cut off is 22 years so apply in Jan for 2019 intake. Intake doesn’t start till after September so also look for a job. All the best, Kath

      Reply
  74. Nokwakha
    Nokwakha says:

    Hey I’m currently in grade 12 I would like to pursue a career in the health services so how do I apply for next year n which academy offers that

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Please send me your end G11 results on whatsapp and also tell me what area you live in. Then I can advise you. 061 390 4470 Kath

      Reply
  75. Nokubona jaji
    Nokubona jaji says:

    Helo… My name is Nokubona Jaji…I am turning 25 this year September… I have NCV Finance level4 and I am interested in joining the military …do I qualify?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Unfortunately you are going to be too old. Sorry. You might want to consider taking your study further to an NDip(finance). You will be able to get funding from NSFAS. All the best, Kath

      Reply
  76. KARABO LETWABA
    KARABO LETWABA says:

    Hi,my name is Karabo and I’m really passionate about serving in the military. I’m turning 22 this year in November and I’ve passed my matric with university entry…problem is I got a level 3 in physical sciences and a level 2 in mathematics. Will I be considered if I apply???

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I have heard that the navy don’t take learners without strong maths and physics. Sorry for the bad news. Have you considered a TVET college course – may be learn a trade? Kath

      Reply
  77. Karabo Letwaba
    Karabo Letwaba says:

    Hy Kath, I’m very passionate about serving in the military. I’m turning 22 this year in November. I’ve passed matric and have met the minimum requirements for admission to bachelor’s degree, problem is I got a level 2 in mathematics and a level 3 in physics. Will they consider me in the Navy if I apply?

    Reply
  78. shadow dambe
    shadow dambe says:

    I have passed my metric with all my subject above 50% all except mathematics which i only got 39% so will it be possible for me to apply for the air force or any engineer faculties? shadow

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Unfortunately it is hard to get into anything in the engineering sector with maths under 50%. May be you want to consider a rewrite program? All the best, Kath

      Reply
  79. Abram Moyahabo
    Abram Moyahabo says:

    Hi I’m 22 years old now,I’m turning 23 years on 12 December, so I would like to know what I can do to become a soldier, I do have grade 12 but with not higher qualification and I also have driver’s licence,when I was still a young I used to tell my father that “one done I will be a soldier.soldier is my dream career, so I would like to know how could I qualify. I need your help

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Unfortunately you have missed this opportunity due to your age. May be you want to consider a career in security services instead? Sorry for the bad news. Kath

      Reply
  80. Wouter
    Wouter says:

    Hi there. My son is busy with his Grade 12 and has math and science as subjects.
    He would like to apply for the Air Force Skills Development Program 2019.
    Can he only apply next year or can he start applying now ?

    He just does not want to waste a whole year waiting if he has been accepted once he finishes Grade 12.

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, He can only apply next year and he won’t hear until September. He certainly shouldn’t waste the whole year. He is more likely to be selected if he has a job or is in training. The CV is an important part of the selection process. All the best, Kath

      Reply
        • Kath Morse
          Kath Morse says:

          Hi, Yes that’s right. You need to have matric before you apply for SANDF. Also remember that your CV is important so make sure you have voluntary service or a job on it. You won’t hear from them until later in the year so register for a TVET College course or get a job while you wait. It will help your application and you will learn at the same time. All the best, Kath

          Reply
          • Rorisang
            Rorisang says:

            Hi, I’m 20 and currently studying a B.Sc degree, 2nd year, planning to finish in 2020. Can I apply for the pilot training program this year for the year 2021?

          • Kath Morse
            Kath Morse says:

            Hi, I don’t think this will work. Applications are open Jan-Feb and then they contact you for interviews and medicals July-Aug with basic training starting in September. If you intend to finish your degree then you will need to apply in Jan after you complete. This will be a graduate application and is treated differently to people with only matric. If you ever hope to fly commercially then completing a degree will certainly be in your favor. All the best, Kath

  81. sandile
    sandile says:

    hey i need an advise am 24 yers old end i have passed my matric also went to collage i want to ask that is there any chances for me to be in army i was a history learner end on collage i was doing tourism i have level 2 and 3

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Unfortunately you are too old for the army. May be you can go further with your tourism though? You can do a National Diploma (N4-6)? All the best, Kath

      Reply
  82. Thabo
    Thabo says:

    Hey there, I’m 25 years old and finished my m3k in 2012 I have a 3 year tertiary education In Engineering and related design (Trade: Automotive repair and maintenance, it covers diesel and petrol), I also have a set of work experience on various fields, do you think I stand a chance to enter the mamilitary if i apply this year or should i just save my paper and try next door ☺.

    A reply from you whould be highly appreciated. Thank you!

    Thabo Mbonani

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Unfortunately you are too old to apply to the military now. If you had a degree then they have an older age limit but you are over the age limit for a trade. All the best, Kath

      Reply
  83. Aphiwe
    Aphiwe says:

    hi I am a male 24 years old I have a grade 12 report, I am fit and healthier physically, at the moment I am working as CRO but before I was working as a security guard, I believe that I have more knowledge working as an army and am really interested to be the part of the team

    Reply
  84. Thembakazi
    Thembakazi says:

    Hi am Thembakazi Malunga I’ve been interested in army since I was young cause in my area I only saw male involved in army so that gave me a courage to army and I love it. By the way I’m 18yrs I finished my matrix last year also I’ve applied on MILITARY and I’m now stressed of their response that when will they and if they are going to respond 😔

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You will hear from them by September. Your matric and CV both are considered with your application. Meanwhile you should get a job or register at TVET College for second semester. If you get an interview you don’t want to tell them you spent the year doing nothing. If you don’t get an interview this time, you can add your job or course to your CV and it will help when you apply again next year. All the best, Kath

      Reply
      • Sam P C
        Sam P C says:

        Hey can I ask …I’ve applied in SA Army this year 2019 Feb and I’ve achieved a diploma in my grade 12 results now I wanna know if can I get accepted in the army with those results..

        Reply
      • Kath Morse
        Kath Morse says:

        Same advice Sam. Get a job or apply for TVET college for second semester. If you get called up for an interview it is much better to be able to say that you are doing something than you have been sitting at home waiting. Then if you don’t get called up this year you will have a better CV for your application for next year. All the best, Kath

        Reply
  85. Brenden
    Brenden says:

    Good day,

    I came across this post and it looks like a pretty good place to try and find some good information that im looking for.
    Im currently 22, passed matric, gathered up a few tertiary (college) qualifications, have work experience and I have a few civilian aviation qualifications to my name as well.
    My passion lies with aviation and what better place to put that to use than the SAAF.
    How would the above listed results/qualifications fare with regards to applying as pilot/navigator?

    Reply
    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, I think you are going to have problems with the age restriction. You need to join by age 22 and applications are closed for this year. If you get a Bachelor degree by age 26 you can apply with that, also cutting it fine at this point. You can apply to ATNS to train with them https://www.atns.com/ They have bursaries available. All the best, Kath

      Reply

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