How to Join the South African Navy | Requirements and Document Needed

How to Join the South African Navy | Requirements and Document Needed, This page will help you apply for the South African Navy and also let you know the entry requirements and other documents required from you. If you are interested in working for the South African Navy, this page will give you a step-by-step guide on how to apply successfully.

The South African Navy is one of the armed services of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) whose primary responsibility is to keep the waters of South Africa safe at all times. This section of the armed forces embarks on special missions and operations to keep the country safe and secured.


SA Navy maintains the traditional role of providing a credible military deterrent, protecting South African interests against possible enemy attacks, and participating in African Union peacekeeping missions.


The SA Navy is offering young South African citizens an excellent opportunity to serve in uniform over a two-year period. The Military Skills Development System (MSDS) is a two-year voluntary service system with the aim of equipping and developing young South Africans with the necessary skills in order to compete in the open market.
Young recruits are required to sign up for a period of two years, during which they will receive Military Training and further Functional Training.
All applicants must comply with the following:
– South African Citizen (no dual citizenship).
– Have no record of criminal offences.
– Not be area bound.
– Preferably single.
– Be free from physical disabilities and not suffer from claustrophobia or a fear of heights.

Minimum Requirements for Applicants with Matric/Grade 12 only:
– Combat applicants aged between 18 and 22 must have completed Grade 12
with Mathematics and Physical Science at level 4.
– Engineering and Technical Applicants aged between 18 and 22 must have
completed Grade 12 with Mathematics and Physical Science with at least
Level 4 for both subjects.
– Support applicants aged between 18 and 22 must have completed Grade 12.
– Grade 12 statement of results for 2018 and before will not be accepted.
(Grade 12 certificate is required)
Requirements for Graduates:
– Graduate applicants aged between 18 and 26 must have a completed Grade
Mechanical, Marine or Electrical Engineering.
– Graduate applicants aged between 18 and 26 must have completed Grade 12
with a Degree or National Diploma in Human Resource or Logistics.

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1. Copy of ID

2. Copy of Grade 12 Certificate (Grade 12 results for 2018 and before will not be accepted)

3. A Short CV

4. Highest level of qualification. e.g. Degree, National Diploma, etc.


To join the South African Navy, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Visit South African National Defence Force SANDF Website.

STEP 2: Click on ‘Application Form’

STEP 3: Click on ‘Download’

STEP 4: Download and save.

NOTE: Applicants must download the SAN Application Form 2022 listed from the SANDF website, fill them out, and submit them to the address listed on each application form.

Officers: direct and control the various parts of the branches of the SA Navy. They are grouped into the following categories: Combat officers, intelligence officers, personnel officers, finance officers, stores officers, engineering officers and naval technical officers. All officers undergo selection.

Combat Officers: are trained to execute the SA Navy’s primary function: maritime warfare. These officers lead the SA Navy’s combat element and ensure that the Navy’s complex computerised weapons and their related systems are used effectively. Training focuses on maritime warfare.

Combat officers decide during the final months of their training which one of the following specialist branches they would like to join: Mine Counter-measure Flotilla; Strike Craft Flotilla; Submarine Flotilla; Hydrographical Survey; Independent ships, including the Navy’s two replenishment vessels, namely SAS Drakensberg and SAS Outeniqua.

Naval Engineer Officers: are primarily responsible for the design, development and support of the Navy’s weapons, electronic and propulsion services. They study for degrees in either Mechanical or Electrical Engineering at a prescribed university.

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Naval Intelligence Officers: gather and evaluate all information regarding matters affecting the SA Navy, in order to ensure maximum efficiency of operations. They also initiate steps to maintain the security of sensitive information.

Personnel Officers: render the following support services: recruiting, placing, training, career advancement and administrative tasks. They also control the SA Navy’s personnel records.

Finance Officers: exercise control over the Navy’s income and expenditure and handle budgetary aspects. The conducting of audits and management of the Navy’s financial system is their responsibility.

Provisioning Administration Officers provide logistical support to the ships at sea and shore establishments by way of supplying the large variety of stores and other items needed to maintain the Navy. The control, accounting and purchasing of items are their responsibility.

Non-Commissioned Officers

Combat operator branch: combat operators help to run ships and operate their weapons and other systems. They are grouped into the following specialisation categories: weapons operators, radar operators, mine countermeasure operators, divers, survey recorders, communications operators, electronic warfare operators, engine-room attendants and physical training instructors.

Technical Branches: highly qualified technical personnel are necessary to control modern warships and maintain the complex equipment they carry. The SA Navy also requires personnel qualified in certain trades, for the supporting services ashore. Branches that serve at sea and ashore for which the SA Navy offers learnerships, are: shipwrights, electronic fitters (radio/radar), electronic fitters (weapons), electronic fitters (machinery), mechanical fitters (machinery), mechanical fitters (weapons), electronic fitters (machinery, submarines), electronic fitters (communication, submarines), mechanical fitters (weapons, submarines) and mechanical fitters (machinery, submarines).

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Technical branches that only serve ashore and where only qualified applicants are considered, include riggers, instrument fitters, survival equipment fitters, vehicle fitters, printers, metalsmiths, photographers, painters and sign-writers and tailors.
Supporting Services: these branches are open to men and women, at sea or ashore. It includes the following; intelligence, naval police, personnel, finance, provisioning, and chefs and stewards.

Those who distinguish themselves can rise through the ranks and officers can command ships, submarines, flotillas, divisions and areas.

Admission Enquiries can be directed to:
SA Navy Recruitment Centre at (012) 339 4421/4252/4084.
If interested in the MSDS in the SA Navy, kindly complete the application form
with the requested documents & post to:
Department of Defence, SA Navy Headquarters (Recruitment Centre)
Private Bag X104, Pretoria, 0001

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