Defence Force Careers

A wide variety of careers are offered in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which consists of the Regular Force, Part-time Force and the Reserves. The operational structure of the SANDF comprises the SA Army, SA Air Force, SA Navy and the SA Medical Service. Each of these divisions of the service has a specific task to perform. Various staff divisions namely, the Personnel, Intelligence, Operations, Logistics and Finance divisions, provide staff-related support to each arm of the service.

Career opportunities offered by the SANDF include:

Careers as Specialist Officers:

Anatomist, Anti-Corrosion Officer, Architect, Archivist, Audio Engineer, Biochemist, Chaplain, Communications Officer, Constructor, Cryptographer, Dietician, Director Of Music, Documentation Officer, Engineer, Ethnologist, Inspector Of Works, Land Surveyor, Language Officer, Lecturer, Librarian, Medical Officer, Medical Specialist, Military Historian, Military Law Adviser, Optometrist, Organisation and Work Study Officer, Pharmacist, Physical Education Officer, Physiologist, Psychologist, Public Relations Officer, Quantity Surveyor, Statistician, Technical Munitions Officer, Town and Regional Planner, Veterinarian, Welfare Officer.

Learners and tradesmen: In the SANDF learners and qualified artisans in the various trades are given the opportunity to acquire the highest skills in their chosen field.

There are approximately 80 different musterings in electronics, mechanical and instrumentation trades.

Special military careers include:

SA Army:

  • Dog-handlers and Trackers

  • Mounted Infantry

  • Technical Munitions Officers in the SA Ammunition Corps

SA Air Force:

  • Air Traffic Controller

  • Mission Controller

  • Missile Controller

SA Navy:

  • Communicators

  • Divers

  • Mine Countermeasures

  • Security

  • Strike Craft

  • Submarine

  • Vessel and Supply Vessel

SA Medical Services:

  • Combat Medics

  • Casualty Evacuation

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