Update 30 December 2011

I just found this site: http://www.saairforce.co.za/ which says that applications for these positions don’t actually close. Instead, they cut-off after a certain number of applications has been reached and put anythings else after that for the next year. So, Keep applying.


Think the Defence Force is about fighting or shooting guns? About soldiers!?

I have bad news for you. The Defence Force is NOT about becoming a soldier or going to wars (Luckily South Africa does not go around the world killing innocent people.)… Anyway, let me school you about careers at SANDF.

Lesson 1: Did you know that the SANDF offers courses similar to those offered by universities + a few that are specific to the area of defence? For instance, check this out:

  • Catering;
  • Material Support Clerk;
  • Personnel;
  • Musician;
  • Firefighter;
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial and Aeronotical Engineering.

Question: Does that look like shooting guns? Not to me. What about you?

Download Application Form to see more

Lesson 2: Did you know that the minimum requirement to start a career with the Defence Force is a Grade 12 certificate? Check this out:

  • A South African Citizen and relinquish any other citizenship
  • Preferably single
  • Age between 18 and 22 at the time of joining
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SANDF
  • English as a school subject
  • Currently in Grade 12 or completed Grade 12
  • Not be area bound
  • Must not have a criminal record
  • Comply with all the prescribed requirements for appointment in the SANDF
  • Must be willing to relocate and to participate in deployments both in South Africa and abroad if required to do so
  • Be recommended by a selection board.

NB: Apart form these general requirements, additional requirements might have to be met, depending on the specific training demands of some of the more specialised occupations.

So, if you’re interested why don’t you download one of the following forms and apply?

So, if you’re sitting at home with a Grade 12 and you meeting the requirements listed above then why don’t download one of this forms and build a career for yourself?



  • Pule says:

    @site editor, you know sandf is just a disaster. I have about 8 different telephone numbers of the recruitment centre and HR and i’v been calling them since last year November(each and evryday), but no1 answers the phone. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT, but anyway…….Thanks…….

  • sindy says:

    Hey I’d like to know does d sandf have homeopaths in their team or do ull fund student who would like to persue a career in homeopathic medicine?

    • Site Editor says:


      Please follow the link under the nearly updated section (at the beginning of the post) which will take you to the SANDF website then use their contact details, from the site on the left, to forward your inquiry.


  • Pule says:

    Hi, since i’v applied. I applied to navy, airforce, army and samhs, bt up to so far i haven’t been contacted so i just wanted to know if it’s possible to be answered in january and write the tests at the same time or it simply means ALL my applications were unsuccessful…….Thanks……

  • hlony says:

    I would like to know if the millitary has recruited for 2012?…I’m asking bcos I went for an interview last in july and have not received any reply yet.When I call the centre that I did an interview at they say the recruitment centre have not made a list of successful applicants…Any idea when the list will be out?..thanx

  • Dembe says:

    Im sorry, i wrote 2012 by mistake. i applied in 2010 and got no reply. is there a chance i might still be contacted? should i reapply?

    • Site Editor says:

      I think you should try again… But please look at their requirements [such as age] to see if you meet them…

  • Dembe says:

    i applied in 2012 but got no reply. is there a chance i may be contacted? should i reapply?

    • Site Editor says:


      Now is 2012… If so, be patient because if you qualify they will take and contact you.

      In the meantime, try to apply for other programmes in case things don’t work out at SANDF…


  • Nkanyiso says:

    Please send me the forms and everything that is needed for me to apply and contact numbers for the office

  • karabo says:

    hey! Since i have applied last year in june..and yet the department has never answerd me,does ths mean my application was unsuccessful?

  • ??? says:

    hey i want to b a soldier i didnt get any poster inorder to apply, so plis help me il b glad if you can help me ccoz ma pc dont wana dowload ma email ************ thank you

  • Amelia says:


    i wl like to know if you are already in the army,after 6 months training,if you have a degree,are you going to get the same position as those people who only hv matric? And another question is that after that two years contract,what are the possibilities to someone who have a degree compare to someone with matric or n4…etc,are they going to renew the contract or it will depend on the available positions.

  • Bayanda says:

    Hello…wht u gv us is good keep on…bcz i saw lot of internships for me.It wz my final year bt i ddnt apply for interns bt i gt sme…THANKS

  • Amelia says:

    Hello,i applied for army around march and went 2 interview around july,so they said they wl cal us those who are succesful to join army,il like to knw when is d exact date wn they wl start calling people for 2012

    • Site Editor says:

      Hey Amelia,

      I am sorry to tell you that I have no way of helping you with your question. Why don’t you do one of the following:

      (a) contact the people you talked to during the interview process. Hoping that you saved all their numbers.

      (b) seeing that it is almost the end of the year, why don’t you be patient a little bit until the beginning of the new year and see if you can get a call.


  • nikil says:

    hey …I just finished my grade 12 and I want to join the SADF but how I go about doing this

  • Xhanti says:

    Does the sa military health offers medicine and what are the requirements?