South African Defence Force Starts Receiving Applications for 2023/2024

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has started taking applications for 2023/2024 and is seeking eligible members of the public to apply to their Military Skills Development System (MSDS).

The SANDF officially issues out application forms to members of the public who wish to join the Defence Force through the Military Skills Development System in the Year 2024.


A South African Citizen (No dual citizenship)
Age between 18 and 22 at the time of joining (Completed Grade 12 or N3 with 6 subjects including two languages) or not more than 26 if in possession of a 3 year tertiary qualification (Degree, National Diploma or N6 with N4 and N5 prescript)
Preferably single
Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SANDF
Currently in Grade 12 or completed Grade 12 or equivalent with subjects specific to a career selection
Not be area bound
Must not have a criminal record
Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SAND
Comply with all other 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.

Website Applications


The SANDF recruitment process is free and no amount of money will be required from any person.

For the ease of reference, application forms are issued at the following regional offices with indicated addresses:

Regional Office Free State

Army Support Base Bloemfontein Recruitment Office, Pappa Brits Street, Tempe, Bloemfontein, 9300

Regional Office Western Cape

Castle of Good Hope Recruitment Office Block C, c/o Buiten and Strand Street, Cape Town, 8000

Regional Office Limpopo

Army Support Recruitment Office Building Building T143, Gate Way Road, Polokwane, 0699

Regional Office Kwa-Zulu Natal

Recruitment Office, Lords Ground Military Base, 186 Old Ford Road (K.E Masinga Road), Durban

Regional Office Eastern Cape

Army Support Base Recruitment Office Willow Drive, Forest Hill, Porta Elizabeth, 6013

Regional Office Northern Cape

Army Support Base Recruitment Office, Kimberley, General Khan van der Spuy Avenue, Diskobolos, Kimberley

Regional Office North West

Army Support Base Recruitment Office C/O Grobler Street (R53) and Eleazer Road, Potchefstroom, 2531

Regional Office Gauteng

Recruitment Office, C/O Visagie and Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria Central, 0001

Applicants residing in Mpumalanga will access forms at the following venues:

Army Support Base, 8 Spruit Street, Mbombela, 1201
4 South African Infantry Battalion, C/O Dr Beyers Naude and Boncker Street, Middleburg, Mpumalanga, 1050

Opportunity Closing Date

Tuesday, 31 January, 2023 – 12:00