Recruitment

The information on this page is not intended to replace any recruitment information of the SANDF for the SA Special Forces.
It is provided as a guidance to assist candidates who are looking for a career in the SA Special Forces.


It is placed here to assist in the many enquiries received about the required standards to join and attempt to become a SA Special Forces operator.
The accuracy of the information is correct to our knowledge and was gleaned from the documents available at the bottom of this page.

SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIAL FORCES ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The following criteria will apply:

§    South African Citizen.

§    Senior Certificate (Grade 12)

§    Age Restriction.   18 to 28 years (current serving members)

18 to 26 years (Reserve Force members)

§    Medical Classification: G1K1

§    No Criminal Offences Record

§    Service Term: Minimum of One Year Military Service

-   Members must be trained soldiers with a minimum of at least one-year Military Service ie. must have completed Basic Training, Subject Training and Corps Training or undergoing their first year of the Military Skills Development System Training when recruited for Special Forces

-   Members of the Reserve Force must be trained soldiers must have completed Basic Training, Subject Training and at least one-year service at a respective unit. They must be on strength at their respective units.

-   Members must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.

-   Rank level: Candidate Officer to first year Captain and Private to first year Staff Sergeant



MILITARY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM (MSDS) PROGRAM

http://www.careers.mil.za/careers/uniformcareers/uniformcareers.htm

http://www.careers.mil.za/careers/uniformcareers/msdprogramme/msdprogramme.htm

The Military Skills Development System (MSDS) programme is a two-year voluntary service system with the long-term goal of enhancing the SA National Defence Force’s deployment capability. Recruits are required to sign up for a period of two years, during which they will receive military training and further functional training in their first year of service. During the second year of service, depending on the duration of their functional orientation, they will be deployed where needed and given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop their skills.

This MSDS programme serves as an introduction to the military way of life for all members who are joining the SA Army for the first time. Towards the end of the second year, the member will be offered the opportunity for further service in the SA Army or leave the Army. The opportunity for further service will mainly depend on the member’s performance over the two years and the availability of posts in the relevant functional field and whether or not he or she has been recommended for further service. Members who are not recommended for, or who are not interested in continuing with their service in the Regular Force, will be required to serve in the Reserve Force after completion of the initial two-year period. This entails 30 days service per annum over a 5 year period.

Recruits wishing to join the Special Forces can complete any of the Services' MSDS programmes during the first year. During the second year of service potential candidates will attend the Special Forces Basic Training Cycle. After successful completion of the Special Forces Basic Training Cycle the MSD candidate will be provided with the option of joining the short term contract system of the SANDF in order to serve in Special Forces.


REQUIREMENTS FOR MSDS

South African citizen
Age between 18 and 22 (graduates 25/26) - as per SANDF web references.
Completed Grade 12 or busy with the National Senior Certificate
Not area bound
No record of serious criminal offence or offences
Preferably single
Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SANDF


http://www.careers.mil.za/faq/faq.htm



RECRUITMENT PHYSICAL POTENTIAL TEST

40 push-ups without a break

67 sit-ups within 2 minutes

Fireman’s lift for 175m within 65 seconds

 2,4 km run within 12 minutes

40 shuttle runs (6m) within 95 seconds

Water Fear Test


Once you have passed these tests, you will be called up to the SA Special Forces School.

Upon arrival you will need to complete psychological aptitude test, a medical Current Health Assessment and the Special Forces Cycle Test below.


SPECIAL FORCES CYCLE TEST

An applicant must pass a Special Forces entry test upon reporting for SFIND 1 Selection before the rest of the medical and psychological assessments will be done:

40 push-ups without a break

67 sit-ups within 2 minutes

Fireman’s lift for 175m within 65 seconds

5 km run within 24 minutes

40 shuttle runs (6m) within 95 seconds

4 pull-ups

15km walk with 15kg in 3 hours

Water Fear Test, whereby a person is put in the swimming pool and if the member is afraid of water such a member cannot be accepted


After passing the above, you will go through a period of five week of training to prepare you for selection testing. The PT tests will get progressively more difficult and you will do at least to PT sessions per day. Twice a week you will need to pass a route march test that gets progressively more difficult. In between follows navigation training, signals, shooting and various other training classes that need to be passed.

At the end of this five week preparation period, you need to pass the Operator PT Tests and a 50km route march with 45kg kit in 8 hours, before you will be allowed to even do Special Forces Selection.


SPECIAL FORCES OPERATOR'S PT TEST

An applicant must pass a Special Forces entry test upon reporting for Special Forces Individual 1 (SFIND 1) Selection before the rest of the medical and psychological assessments will be done:

50 push-ups in two minutes

76 sit-ups within 2 minutes

Fireman’s lift for 200m within 90 seconds

5 km run within 20 minutes

18 shuttle runs (25m) within 2 minutes

7.25km walk with 25kg kit in 3 hours 30 minutes


If you do pass Special Forces Selection, you will need to pass the above test on a very regular basis in order to stay on the Special Forces Cycle.


SPECIAL FORCES BASIC TRAINING CYCLE

This is the ultimate military experience. Upon completion of this 57-week cycle; successful recruits will receive the coveted Special Forces
Operators Badge and a Certificate in Special Forces Operations. The Special Forces Basic Training Cycle consists of the following
courses:

Special Forces Individual Phase 1

Selection

Study Techniques

Medical Level 1 to 4

Special Forces Individual Phase 2

Special Forces Demolitions

Basic Parachute

Air Operations

Small Boat Coxswain

Survival

Minor Tactics Rural

 Minor Tactics Urban

 Qualification in Special Forces Operations


ADVANCED SPECIAL FORCES TRAINING

After successfully completing the Special Forces Basic Training Cycle, Operators can continue with a combination of the following
specialist fields:
Demolitions
Sniping
Bush Craft, Tracking and Survival
Urban Reconnaissance
Rural Reconnaissance
Photography
Climbing Techniques
Urban Operations
Operational Emergency Care Practitioner
Parachuting
Heavy Weapons
Seaborne Training
Attack Diving

HOW TO JOIN THE SOUTH AFRICAN SPECIAL FORCES

ENTRY CRITERIA FOR SOLDIERS

One year of active soldiering in any one of the Arms of Service of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF)

The following criteria will apply

-  Completed Basic Training

-  Completed Corps Training

-  G1K1 Classification

-  Age restriction

18 to 28 years of age (serving members)

18 t0 26 years (Reserve Force members)

-  Rank Level. Candidate Officer to first year Captain; Private to first year Staff Sergeant

-  South African Citizen

-  MSDS member


NOT A SOLDIER YET?

Apply for entry into one of the Arms of Services of the SANDF:

§     South African Army

§     South African Air Force

§     South African Navy

§     South African Military Health Service

§     Applications can be submitted on the South African Special Forces official website or alternatively enquiries can be directed to the South African Special Forces recruit office at the Special Forces Headquarters in Pretoria. Current contact person: Captain Patricia Shezi.

§     Suitable applicants will be contacted and called up for interviews as well as medical screening annually during January.

§     Successful candidates will be informed by post of their call up dates in January of the applicable year.

§     The South African Special Forces will conduct their recruiting at the respective units of the Arms of Services after candidates have met the entry criteria outlined above.




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Head Office (Pretoria)

Postal Address: Telephone & Fax numbers:
Department of Defence
Chief Directorate Human Resource Management
(Directorate Human Resource Acquisition)
Private Bag X281
Pretoria
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TEL (012) 339 5395
TEL (012) 339 5751
TEL (012) 339 5752
TEL (012) 339 5714
FAX (012) 339 5727
E-mail : careers@mil.za

See also: http://www.careersportal.co.za/careers/military-careers/3971-when-and-how-to-apply-at-sandf.html

Information obtained from:
http://www.careers.mil.za/contactus/contactus.htm


Candidates who want to apply are to ensure they verify the application requirements as some changes may have taken place since publication of this data. This also applies to the forms provided, as they may have changed.


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