RecruitmentIt 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 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.
The accuracy of the information is correct to our knowledge and was gleaned from the documents available at the bottom of this page.
MILITARY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM (MSDS) PROGRAM
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
Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SANDF
REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL FORCES
One-year military service (first year MSD)
Proficient in reading, writing and speaking English
Successful completion of the Special Forces Entry Tests and Operationally Deployable
SPECIAL FORCES ENTRY TEST
40 push-ups without breaking rhythm
67 sit-ups within two minutes
175-metre fireman’s-lift run within 65 seconds
5-kilometre run within 24 minutes
40 six-metre shuttle-runs within 95 seconds
Water training test
Psychometric test, achieve an above-average score
SPECIAL FORCES 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
Special Forces Individual Phase 1
Special Forces Selection
Medical Level 1 - 4
Special Forces Individual Phase 2
Special Forces Basic Demolitions
Basic Static Line Parachuting
Special Forces Air Operations
Small Boat Coxswain
Bush craft, tracking and survival
Minor Tactics Rural
Minor Tactics Urban
ADVANCED SPECIAL FORCES TRAINING
After successfully completing the Special Forces Basic Training Cycle, Operators can continue with a combination of the following
Bush Craft, Tracking and Survival
Operational Emergency Care Practitioner
Information obtained from:
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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