South African Air Force (Pilots / Navigators/ Engineers) Recruitment

By | January 6, 2019

South African Air Force-SAAF (Pilots / Navigators/ Engineers) Recruitment

Military Skills Development System – SAAF (South African Airforce Recruitment)

The Military Skills Development System(MSDS)is a Department of Defence initiative that has been implemented since 2003.

The MSDS serves as the entry platform for young South Africans who seek a career in the South African National Defence Force.

Prospective applicants must have a Grade 12 qualification and be between 18 and 22 years old, or a Diploma with at least three (3) years tertiary qualification or a Degree to the age of 26 years.

Selected applicants join the South African National Defence Force through the MSDS for an initial period of two year’s voluntary service, during which they will receive military training and further functional training.

Further functional training includes a wide variety of options, varying from specialized musterings such as Engineering to general support musterings such as Material Support Clerks.

Training for all MSDS members commences with Basic Military Training, during which basic military skills and discipline are taught.

This is followed by a further selection process during which members can apply for junior leader training as officers or non-commissioned officers.

After having completed their military formative training, members proceed to undertake functional training in any one of the specialist occupations.

Selected members with the required academic qualifications are also sent to universities or the Military Academy.

Towards the end of the second year (unless otherwise indicated), the member will be given the opportunity to indicate whether he or she would like to extend the contract or leave the Air Force.

An extension of the contract will mainly depend on the member’s performance over the two years and the availability of posts in the relevant functional field.

Most of these members continue to serve in the Regular component of the SANDF after having completed their functional training and tertiary studies, where applicable.

Others are obliged to render service in the Defence Reserves if they are not translated to the Core Service System.

South African Airforce Recruitment

SAAF-South African Airforce

Qualifications for Airforce Recruits

  • Members with Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) not older than 26 years of age with Level – 4
  • Maths and Science required.
  • 26 Years if in possession of a degree with Level – 4 Maths and Science
  • 18–24 Years – Completed Grade 12 or Equivalent (University Entrance) Mathematics and Physical Science minimum Level – 4 (Essential);
  • English Level-4 (Essential)
  • Mathematics and Physical Science (N4 to N5 minimum-60%; N6 or 1st year the University of Technology or University minimum–50%)
  • RSA Citizen (No dual citizenship)
  • Unmarried
  • Not Area Bound
  • No Criminal Record
  • Physically Fit
  • Medically Fit
  • No Hearing Impairment (No hearing aid)
  • Have 6/6-eye vision (No contact lenses or corrective lenses or surgery)

Apart from these general requirements, additional requirements might have to be met, depending on the specific training demands of some of the more specialized occupations.

Download Application Form for SA Air Force (Pilots / Navigators/ Engineers) Traineeship Programme Form + Details

MSDS General Entry Requirements

There is a general entry requirement for joining the air force as everyone must be fit to serve in a military environment.

Each mustering in the SAAF, also known as the occupational class in the public service and trade in the technical environment of civil aviation, has requirements for specific educational qualifications, additional personal attributes and a willingness to serve under the working conditions of that mustering.

The minimum general entry requirements for the Military Skills Development Program (MSDS) are that you must be:

  • A South African Citizen (No dual citizenship)
  • Age between 18 and 22 at the time of joining (Not more than 26 for graduates)
  • Unmarried
  • 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
  • Physically Fit and Medically Fit
  • Comply with all the 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.

Selection Process

Applications complying with the minimum requirements will be subjected to further screening. Candidates identified will then be invited to partake in a selection process.

The selection process entails the following:

Psychometric evaluation: 
The aim is to assess the candidates’ aptitude and potential to develop in the position that was applied for. The nature of these tests will depend on the position applied for.

  • Selection Board (formal interview):
    A Selection Board will be conducted in order to assess the applicants’ interest in the position applied for, as well as his or her interest in the Defence Force in general.
  • The interview will also focus on self- confidence, leadership potential and communication skills.
  • Medical Evaluation:
    A comprehensive medical evaluation will be conducted by appointed military medical practitioners in order to assess the applicants’ medical history and current medical status.
  • All applicants must be declared fit for military training before commencement.
  • Criminal Records: 
    Fingerprints of applicants will be sent to the Criminal Record Bureau for verification. Records of convictions will be evaluated based on the severity thereof and how recently the offense (s) occurred.
  • Offer of Employment
    Successful applicants will receive an offer of employment. Candidates who are not successful will be informed by correspondence.

Basic Military Training

Basic Military Training is compulsory to all uniform personnel of the SA National Defence Force and is presented at the Air Force Gymnasium Boston (AFB Hoedspruit), over a period of approximately 13 weeks.

The following subjects will, among others, be presented during the training period:

  • Drill
  • Military law
  • Military ceremonies
  • Buddy-aid
  • Physical training and Soldiership

12 thoughts on “South African Air Force (Pilots / Navigators/ Engineers) Recruitment

  1. Thandiswa

    If I really want to be in south African Air Force but I have completed my matric but I still need to do a sub of my two subjects can I apply for a job while I’m in preparation for writing these subject

  2. motlatso

    I. M motlatso Mosoka I m doing matric this year(2019) so I m interest in army so I m requeste application form my phone number is 0697174274 you can send me notice when forms are out

  3. Tebogo

    I. Tebogo Mokhethi am currently in metric.i am very much interested in the Air force and im looking forward in building a career out of it.All im asking for is the 2020 application forms.

  4. Londiwe

    I completed my matric on 2013 and i was doing general subjects at shool i only worked once for 10 months as a admin cleck in a private school. I would love to work under the military how do i apply . Please email me the forms
    Londiwe Shezi
    Thank you

  5. madoda zulu

    hi I am madoda Zulu doing grade 11 and l would love to join the South African Navy and I looking for application forms plz email them

  6. Tumelo Timmy Mashai

    Greetings I’m Tumelo Timmy Mashai (20) Currently upgrading my subject and I am interested in joining the South African military. I ask you to email me all the required documents/information needed so I can provide

  7. Job Expert Post author

    Instead of waiting you could also send your CV to the SAAF.

    Suggested information to include in your CV include:
    Full name
    Postal address
    Telephone numbers
    ID number
    Marital status
    Contact details
    Whether you want to be a pilot or navigator
    Current tertiary level
    Subjects, symbols and HG/SG/other
    A copy of your ID book

  8. Ilonka van der Merwe

    Good Day my daughter would like to apply for next year, she is in Matric this year.

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