media statement 2008

STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

STATEMENT BY SA NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE (SANDF) HEADQUARTERS PRETORIA: 2009 MILITARY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM INTAKES

Date of Release: 31 December 2008
Embargo: None

The rejuvenation of the South African Nation Defence Force (SANDF) will reach yet another milestone when about 5452 recruits join the SANDF in January 2009. This follows a successful recruitment of young, fit, healthy and deserving South Africans into the Military Skills Development System (MSDS).

During the period 6 to 16 January 2009, successful recruits will assemble at different points in the country before being transported to the various training institutions of the four Arms of Service, (SA Army, SA Air Force, SA Navy and SA Military Health Service) of the SANDF to begin their Basic Military Training.

The aim of the MSDS is two-fold, namely; to enhance the SANDF’s mission readiness through the systematic rejuvenation of its human resource composition. This is done through annual intakes of young, fit and healthy members of South Africa's population.

Secondly, the MSDS serves as a feeder system for the Defence Reserves and seeks to provide scarce skills to the youth of the country to enable them to contribute meaningfully to the growth of its economy.

Subsequent to their Basic Military Training, deserving MSDS recruits will be afforded an opportunity to choose training in specific careers. These include pilots, air space controllers, engineers, medical practitioners, naval combat officers, technicians, divers etc.

The MSDS intakes have grown year on year, the 2008 MSDS intake was 4280, which increased to about 5452 in 2009, and it is expected that by figure will grow to about 10 000 recruits by 2010.

Should you wish to cover the arrival of the new recruits please RSVP to Lieutenant Colonel Danny Shibambo or Lieutenant Colonel Niko Allie at (012) 355 6388 or 355 6380 for accreditation.

Attached: Dates and reporting venues for 2009 MSDS recruitment.

Ends.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
(Defence Media Liaison)
Pretoria

Enquiries:
Lieutenant Colonel Danny Shibambo or Lieutenant Colonel Niko Allie
(012) 355 6388 or 355 6380