SANDF Application Form & Requirements 2022

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF ) Application forms & Requirements 2022
SANDF Application & Requirements 202

Are you looking for a career at SANDF – South African National Defence Force? The Department of Defence employs young, fit, and healthy candidates who are Citizens of the Republic of South Africa.

The application selection is captured and a list of names is given between March-August (First Selection) and then September – November (Second Selection) called for interview and screening process
If you missed the post during this period you can also find them at the careers centers providing they still open for registration.

About South African National Defence Force


The South African National Defence Force comprises the armed forces of South Africa. The commander of the SANDF is appointed by the President of South Africa from one of the armed services. They are in turn accountable to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Defence Department.
Ranks: South African military ranks
Budget: 4.278 billion USD
Fit for military service: 4,927,757 males, age 18–49 (2005), 4,609,071 females, age 18–49 (2005)
Available for military service: 10,354,769 males, age 18–49 (2005), 10,626,550 females, age 18–49 (2005)

How can I join SANDF?

Joining the South African army is never automatic; you must prove yourself to be fit and capable of working with them. Once you complete and submit the form, if you are one of the selected candidates for the MSDS programme, there are some processes that you will go through. For instance, in your first year of service, you will undergo medical evaluation in the week of commencement to qualify for the Basic Military and functional training. Also, you will be subjected t other sets of training such as Corp-specific training and combat-ready training exercises before the junior leaders are eventually selected.

Then, in the second year of the programme, as a junior leader, you will receive what is known as leader group corps training as well as that of Young Officers Formative training. More so, at this period, officers who would be allowed to study at the Military Academy would be selected. Apart from that, the focus would also be given to the utilization and deployment of troops that have been produced from the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) programme.



South Africa Army Requirements

If you are desirous of joining the South African Army, there are specific requirements that you must meet up. Specifically, to qualify to be a part of the 2022 MSDS programme, the following are the things that you must bear in mind:

  • You must be a citizen of South Africa. While this is a must, note that if you are a dual citizen, your application will not be considered except you relinquish it.
  • You must have no criminal record or any case that is pending, else, you would be automatically disqualified.
  • Medically, you must be fit based on the requirements or appointment set up by the South African National Defense Force.
  • Your age must be between 18 and 22 if you are applying with your grade 12 certificate. However, if you are a graduate, then, you must not be more than 26 years of age, and also, your degree certificate must be from a recognized university.
  • While your marital status may not really count, it is advisable that you should apply if you are single as those in that category will enjoy preferential consideration.
  • There must be a readiness to take part in essential military and functional training. Then, you must be ready to serve in the military uniform.


The requirements listed above are the same for anyone who desires to apply for the South African Special Forces or any of the other forces based on the SANDF recruitment 2022. Besides, there are some other specialized added requirements for anyone who desires to apply for any of the other forces apart from the army. So, for instance, if you check through the official website of the South African Air Force, you can get to know about the added requirements.

Moreover, if you are applying for the SA Navy, there are other requirements that you must note also. As an engineer or technician, together with your completed Grade 12, you should have Mathematics and Physical Science with a minimum of level 3. Besides, as a graduate, in Mechanical, Marine, or Electrical Engineering, you should have N6 with Trade Test Certificate.



How to Apply for SANDF 2022

To be able to work with the SA Army, the first thing that you need to do, now that you have known the requirements, is to download the SA Army application form from the Department of Defence’s official website. This Defence Intelligence application form must be carefully filled with the relevant information, and upon submission, please note that you will have to submit with the following documents:

  • A valid means of identification/ID card;
  • The authentic and verifiable copy of your grade 12 certificate. On the alternative, you can submit an attestation if you are presently in your 12th grade or you have not received your certificate;
  • Your up-to-date Curriculum Vitae;
  • The certificate of highest academic qualification which you have obtained so far.

Kindly note that if you are also interested in the South African Navy application forms or you desire to apply for the SA Airforce

, you can also download the form of each of them from their official websites. And once you have completed the form, note the following addresses also where you can submit the form to depending on which you are applying for:


1. SA Army contact address

The South African Department of Defense,

Directorate Human Resource acquisition,

Private Bag X2381,

Pretoria, 0001.


2. SA Navy contact address

The Department of Defence,

SA Navy Headquarter (Recruitment Center)

Private Bag X104,

Pretoria, 0001


3. SAAF contact address

SA Air Force Headquarters (Directorate of Human Resource Services),

Private Bag X199,

Pretoria, 0001.


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  1. Dumile Ngwenya says:

    Good day

    My name is Dumile Ngwenya I’m 25years old. I don’t have matric but I have acquired a dance certificate and I’m a self taught IT specialist. I’m really interested in joining the military. How do I go about that.

  2. Khutso Eugene says:

    I want to apply for South Africa national defence force

  3. Busisiwe says:

    My son is still in matric and has a cetificate not an ID can he apply for the sandf for next year.

  4. Kagiso says:

    Thank you or the guide on how to apply for a military ….I pledge an agree to follow the steps on how to join the military… .an I promise to do my best and to do my duties to serve the kings an Queens of this world with truthful ,honest and love ……and to obey the rules that were set to me by the law ….I am useful an I am honest . I SALUTE

  5. Themba says:

    I will like to get the application form for my son. He is interested in joining the army. He just completed his matric in 2020

  6. Thabiso Madie says:

    I want to be a soldier.I have national Senior certificate in grade 12. My medical is excellent and i don’t have criminal records

  7. Malaka Lusani says:

    Good day

    My name is Malaka Lusani I am 18 years old and I am interested in serving in the SANDF
    I am currently in grade 12 and I so much wish to join the army as soon as I complete my grade 12

  8. Phumza Ngesi says:

    Hi my daughter got her matric and now she want to apply on SANDF


    I want to apply for SANDF as soon as possible

  10. Khanyisile Makoanya says:

    My name is Khanyisile Makoanya from Klerksdorp. I’m 17 years old. I’m currently doing grade 12 at Tsamma Secondary School. I would like to join SANDF and I promise to do my best.

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