So, You Want a Career in Defence? Part 2

To read Part 1 of this blog, describing minimum entry requirements, go here.

Airforce:  The Airforce offers opportunities for a broad range of young people from those who will complete apprenticeships in things like welding and electronics, through to those who will become Pilots and Officers.  To apply, you should look for advertisements in the newspaper or go to the SAAF website  in January – March after you have completed Matric.  Like our other defence units, you join as a volunteer for two years training with the Military Skills Development Unit beginning with 6 months of basic training.  Each mustering in the SAAF, also known as occupational class in the public service and trade in the technical environment of civil aviation, has requirements for specific education qualifications, additional personal attributes and a willingness to serve under the working conditions of that particular mustering.   

Members who have successfully completed their basic regimental training, receive specialist training in one of the following fields: airspace control operators, food handlers, administrative, technical and supply material support clerks, firemen, load masters (ground), load masters (air), intelligence, protection services, SA Air Force Police, technical assistants (flight line), telecommunication operators, bowser-drivers and construction machine operators.  Apprentice training is available if you have maths and physics, code 3.

Training and positions also exist for musicians, pilots (maths and physics code 4) and engineers (maths and physics code 5) who have the relevant subjects and marks at matriculation as well as the personality and physical attributes required.

More Information  (Please note that the application process has recently changed and is not reflected on all these websites.  The information in this blog is correct.)  More Information 2

Police: Police officers maintain law and order, prevent crime, investigate offences and preserve the country’s internal security. Police officers have to be loyal to the Police Service and to the country and put the safety of the public above their own personal safety.  Police are community oriented people who derive satisfaction from a meaningful career.

New recruits enter a 2 year period of training, similar to the defence forces.  12 months of this is spent at the academy and 12 months is spent working in the community.  At the completion of training, recruits are enlisted as Constables and located within one of six divisions: Support Services include financial and administrative positions, Human Resource Management, Internal Security (the camouflage uniform) – combatting violence and civil unrest, Visible Policing – less serious crimes and emergency services, Community Relationship including media and various musical bands.  The police also employee Civilian Staff under the Public Service Act to a variety of administrative functions.

The pay for police officers in not high and there is risk associated with the job however there are excellent benefits in terms of medical aid and pension fund.

More Information 1  More Information 2

 

 

25 replies
  1. Gift Mofokeng
    Gift Mofokeng says:

    I’ve passed my matrix in 2014 with 43 in mathematics literacy and 45 in English and 40 in history and I would to join plz contact mi my numbers is 0738848922

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You are going to have trouble getting into the army with those marks. You will do better if you go to TVET and take a trade. Once you have your trade certificate, try applying to the army.

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  2. Tetyana Phikolomzi
    Tetyana Phikolomzi says:

    I would love to join I have passed my matrick English,maths and physical science in fact I have passed all my subjects

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, You can apply next year in January. Applications are available online. Meanwhile, it will help your application if you get a job or go and study at a TVET college. If you are accepted in the army, training will only start next year in September. Kath

      Reply
  3. Basetsana
    Basetsana says:

    I want to study Air traffic control in the air force and I do the following subjects maths;geography and history do I stand a fair chance with learner who do physics

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Physics is important to Air Traffic control. You would need to speak to someone in recruitment for the air force to be sure, but I don’t think they would consider you without physics. http://www.saairforce.co.za/recruitment There are many other worthwhile careers in the Air Force though so don’t give up your dream. Kath

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  4. sihle
    sihle says:

    hy I got High certificate on my matric I have 39% on Maths…i have 35% on Physical science. what must I do I want to do Navy ??? if any one can help am 21 years old …0785324461

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, Applications are open now for the defence forces and forms are online. However, it is unlikely that you will be accepted for the Navy. They are looking for much stronger Maths and Physics. You could consider the Army. You could also go to college and learn a trade. That will help your defence application. Kath

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  5. Angel Bungele
    Angel Bungele says:

    Hi I’ve go 43 in maths and 41 In physical sciences also 66 in English then 54 in life science 47 in geography. I want to do navy . How likely am I to admired

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, The navy are looking for strong maths and physics scores so I don’t think it is likely. You can try with the other defence forces though. Kath

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Neo, There isn’t any way to be in the army if you only have Grade 7. If you want to study further, you can do your ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training). Once you have level 3, it is the same as having Grade 9. Then you can apply to a TVET College to study Safety and Security in Society. This will take you to the same level as matric. You can find an ABET centre by asking at your community library or community centre. All the best, Kath

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  6. Mkhabela Charlotte
    Mkhabela Charlotte says:

    Hi I would love to be part of the defence force… I’m currently doing grade 11…is it possible for me to apply with my June marks or I should apply with the December marks? And what are the required marks for me to join because I’m doing mathematics and physical science… I would love to do engineering or pilot

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  7. Msawakhe
    Msawakhe says:

    I’m Msawakhe
    I’m willing to join National army and I’m doing these subjects
    Geography
    Tourism
    Mathematics literacy
    History

    Do I stand a chance on joining a army on 2020 coz I’m doing grade 11 this year

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi, The army selects based on matric results and your CV. You then have to pass a fitness, medical and interview. You can apply with any subjects. To have the best chance of being accepted make sure that you do things that you can put in your CV – work, volunteer, sports team etc. All the best, Kath

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  8. Zukile
    Zukile says:

    Hi,
    I have putting my applications through the Army for the past two years, but I know last my results were not accurate. So I managed to get the correct matric certificate this year and submitted my application form in february this year, I would like to know how will I be contact and when if I may ask.

    Regards
    Zukile

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    • Kath Morse
      Kath Morse says:

      Hi Zukile,

      I think if you were going to be contacted then you would have heard by now. Sorry for the bad news. The army look at results and also your CV. It helps if you are working or studying and can put that on your application. They want to see that you have committed to something over a period of time and can work hard without giving up. If you want to apply to study then NSFAS is open for funding applications and TVET colleges are also open for applications to study for 2019. Your nearest college can help you select a course and also to apply to NSFAS.

      All the best,
      Kath

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