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.
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)
- 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.
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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)
- 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.
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:
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:
- Military law
- Military ceremonies
- Physical training and Soldiership