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SA Army Military Skills Development Learnership

The SA Army offers a Military Skills Development Learnership programme for young South Africans who are interested in pursuing a career in the military.

Young South Africans interested in a military career can apply for the SA Army’s Military Skills Development Learnership programme.

Through this learnership, people have the chance to develop important skills and experience while supporting their nation.

The South African Army, through its Military Skills Development System (MSDS), is
offering young South African citizens an opportunity to serve in uniform on a two-year
contract. The Military Skills Development System is a 2 year voluntary service
system with the long term goal of enhancing the SA National Defence Force’s
deployment capability.

Successful Military Skills Development System candidates will be appointed in a specific mustering and will be called up to a Training Unit, where members will complete their Basic Military Training, specific mustering and functional training in the first year and  be utilized or deployed internally or externally in the second year of the MSDS.


  • Be a South African citizen (No Dual Citizen)
  • 18-22 years and has successfully completed Grade 12
  • Graduates up to the age of 26 (360 Credits)
  • Successfully completed Grade 12 with average of 50% or (Level 4) (Mathematics and Physical Science will be advantageous)
  • Admission Point Score (APS) of 17 excluding Life Orientation (LO)
  • Leadership Potential
  • Have no criminal record or pending cases
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for the appointment

How to Apply


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Last updated : 16 October 2023