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SA Army Application Forms 2024 / 2025 and Important Dates


SA Army (SANDF) application forms 2024 / 2025 and important dates. The South African Department of Defence invites suitably qualifying youth to apply for available employment opportunities at their department. This article will guide you through also on how you can access SANDF / SA Army Application Forms for the 2025 Intake.


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) serves as South Africa’s last line of defense, stepping in when diplomatic efforts, intelligence services, and military deterrence have fallen short. In the words of US author James F. Dunnigan, armed forces become “one more bargaining chip in a state’s international diplomacy” when other means fail.

SA Army Application Forms 2024 / 2025 and Important Dates

SANDF is currently accepting applications open on the 24 January 2024 and is seeking for qualifying candidates for the Military Skills Development System (MSDS). Closing date for applications is the 15th of March 2024.

The Military Skills Development System (MSDS) is a two-year voluntary service system that allows young South African citizens to serve in uniform. Successful MSDS candidates will receive basic military training, specific mustering and functional training in the first year and be utilised or deployed internally or externally in the second year of the MSDS.

After the 2 years, you will either continue as part of the Reserve Force or receive a contract offer to join the Regular Force.

Key Requirements

To qualify for the MSDS programme, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • Be a South African citizen only. (No dual citizenship).
  • Grade 12 Applicants must be between the ages of 18 – 22 years.
  • Graduates and/or other Tertiary Qualification up to the age of 26 years.
  • Completed Grade 12 with (Average of 50% or level 4) (Mathematics and Science will be advantageous).
  • Admission Point Score (APS) of 17 excluded Life Orientation (LO).
  • Leadership potential.
  • Not to be area bound.
  • Have no criminal record or pending cases.
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for the appointment (Minimum height Females 148cm, Males 155cm and Minimum weight Females 48kg, Males 52kg (Within average height/weight ratio.
  • SANDF 2024 / 2025 Application Forms pdf

    How to apply

    Applicants have to complete an application form for the army, navy or air force and submit it with the following certified documents:

    • Copy of ID,
    • copy of Grade 12 certificate/statement of results,
    • highest achieved qualifications (e.g. Degree, National Diploma or N6), and
    • a short CV.

    Once your application form is completed, and all your documents have been certified, you can post it your nearest SANDF offices.