Military Skills Development System (MSDS) 2019 (Air Force, Defence Force, Navy)

Posted on :

26 Apr, 2018

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In cooperation with the Services (SA Army, SA Air Force, and SA Navy), Defence Intelligence is offering young South African citizens an excellent opportunity to serve in uniform over a two-year period.

The Military Skills Development System (MSDS) is a two-year voluntary service system which is aimed at affording young people skills, which could assist in their quest for employment in the job market.

Young recruits are required to sign up for a period of two-years, during which they will receive Military Training, further Functional Training and skills training.

Minimum Requirements: SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY

  • South African Citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Applicant aged between 18 and 22 with Grade 12 or 18 and 26 for applicants with tertiary qualifications (national diploma/degree/postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate degrees).
  • Successfully completed grade 12 with university entrance
  • Leadership potential
  • Not be area bound.
  • Have no criminal record or pending cases.
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointments in the SANDF.
  • Be prepared to serve in uniform, undergo Basic Military and Functional Training.

Training will be decentralized to operational units where members will be appointed to undergo basic Basic Military Training, mustering training and be deployed as per requirements of the SA Army.

General Requirements for SA AIR FORCE


  • Members with Commercial Pilots License (CPL) not older than 26 years of age with level – 4 Maths and Science required.
  • 26 years if in possession of a degree with level – 4 Maths and Science.
  • 18-24 Years – Completed grade 12 or Equivalent (university entrance) mathematics and physical science level 4 ( essential)
  • Mathematics and Physical Science (N4 to N5 minimum-60%; N6 or 1st-year University of Technology or University minimum-50%)
  • Have 6/6 eye vision ( no contact lenses or corrective lenses or surgery)
  • Not area bound
  • No criminal record
  • Physically and Medically Fit
  • Unmarried
  • RSA Citizenship (NO DUAL)

Technical and General 

  • RSA Citizen NO dual citizenship
  • 18-25 years of age
  • English as a passed subject
  • Mathematics and Science as Level-3
  • Unmarried
  • Not area bound
  • No criminal record
  • Medically and physically fit

Requirements for NAVY


  • 18-22 years old with Matric certificate with Mathematics and Physical Science (Level3) for Combat applicants
  • Engineering and technical applicants aged between 18 and 22 must have completed grade 12 with Mathematics and Physical Science Level 3 for both subjects.
  • MRS/Protection Personnel applicants aged between 18 and 22 must have completed grade 12


  • Aged between 18 and 26, completed Grade 12 with a Degree, National Diploma or N6 with Trade test Certified in Mechanical, Marine or Electrical Engineering, National Diploma in HR or Logistics.


  1. Copy of ID
  2. Copy of Gr 12 Certificate
  3. A Short CV
  4. Highest achieved qualification (e.g. Degree or National Diploma at SAQA registered institutions)


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