How to Apply at SANDF-Download Application Forms for 2021 (PDF)

How to join the South African National Defense Force (SANDF)

Application for SANDF is available ONCE A YEAR.

This can be found published as an application form in various newspapers as well as on Careers Portal website.


The South African National Defence Force Reserves is a voluntary and part-time directorate of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The reserves provide guidance, assistance and expertise to our armed forces, and they’ll respond to crises that arise.

Joining the reserves gives you the opportunity to serve your country, and a chance to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need in time of natural or other disasters.

Your expertise can help improve our country’s defensive needs, and being a reserve gives you the opportunity to travel abroad.

You’ll also have the opportunity to grow professionally and learn new skills.

A Reserve member may choose to serve in any of the following corps (given that they have the necessary requirements) and support functions:

  • Air Defence Artillery
  • Armour
  • Artillery
  • Engineer
  • Infantry
  • Intelligence
  • Signal
  • Support functions:
  • Personnel
  • Logistics
  • Finance
  • Training

A serving member of the reserves receives all the benefits that are applicable to Regular Force members.

These include:

  • A salary,
  • medical aid, and
  • access to SANDF facilities.


A collection of all the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) application forms for unemployed youth who want to apply for Military Skills Development System (MSDS) programme 2021. 


The application forms are for SA Navy, SA Army, SA Military Health Service and SA Air Force (Technical and Pilot).

Download (PDF) the SANDF Application Forms 2021 below:

The closing date for the SANDF application for 2021 is the 28 February 2020.

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