Army Learnership Now Open 2024-2026

The SANDF officially issues application forms to members of the public who wish to join the Defence Force through the Military Skills Development System. You can train and learn a lifelong skill and trade. Apply now before you miss out!

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is seeking eligible members of the public to apply to their Military Skills Development System (MSDS). There is only a short application period so if you are interested you must act soon.

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Programme Requirements

Interested candidates who want to apply for this learnership position should ensure that they meet the following criteria

  • A South African Citizen (No dual citizenship)
  • Age between 18 and 22 at the time of joining (Completed Grade 12 or N3 with 6 subjects including two languages) or not more than 26 if in possession of a 3 year tertiary qualification (Degree, National Diploma or N6 with N4 and N5 prescript)
  • Preferably single
  • 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
  • Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SAND
  • Comply with all other 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.

SANDF Learnership online application For 2023

All learnership application processes are made online as they open yearly. To apply for the online Learnership application check here to browse and apply for the available advertised positions.

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Application Dates

The Opening and closing dates vary depending on the position available. Applicants are reminded to ensure that they submit their application early the better. SANDF will not tolerate any late application. Closing Date is available on the vacancies portal.

SANDF Learnership Stipend

When you register for a Learnership you will be paid in the form of a stipend. This means you will be paid monthly while you are on the entire learnership.

SANDF contact details

Find contact information below for Learnership enquires and availability at SANDF South Africa.

  • Street Address: Defence Headquarters, Armscor Building, cnr Delmas Avenue and Nossob Streets, Erasmusrand, PRETORIA.
  • Phone: 012 355 6219 or 012 355 6220.


The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) comprises the armed forces of South Africa. The commander of the SANDF is appointed by the President of South Africa from one of the armed services. They are in turn accountable to the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Defence Department.

The military as it exists today was created in 1994, following South Africa’s first nonracial election in April of that year and the adoption of a new constitution. It replaced the South African Defence Force and also integrated uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), and the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA) guerilla forces.