SA Navy recruitment process unpacked
The SA Navy as an attractive employer of choice aims at
recruiting suitable candidates to satisfy its requirements. The SA
Navy strives to attract the right quality and quantity of skilled or
potential employees/members (uniform or civilian) in order to meet
the Departments’ strategic and operational objectives.
The recruiting team hand at work sorting out applications
the DoD has a training programme called
Military Skills Development (MSD) programme
The process starts by identifying the Human Resource needs
of the organisation just like in any organisation. However
the DoD has a training programme called Military Skills
Development (MSD) programme which aims at developing the
youth by giving them a variety of skills which they can
utilise in and outside the DoD. The MSD is the main feeder
of the SA Navy essentially for members who wish to serve in
uniform. The SA Navy informs prospective applicants of the
opportunities by placing an advertisement on National
Newspapers as well as the Navy and the DoD website.
Applications are received from all provinces and are captured on
the system. Once the application period is closed the paper
selection will commence. Qualifying candidates will be short listed
to be invited for the MSD Selection. The NHQ will communicate with
South African Medical Health and Service (SAMHS) via D HR ACQ or
directly to secure available dates for Psychometric Test,
Pre-employment Medical Assessments and Interviews respectively.
After confirmation of suitable dates from SAMHS, the SAN will
invite qualifying candidates to attend a selection board and will be
contacted via telephone or written letter.
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Military Skills Development Programme
Recruits are provided with various skills
Military Skills Development (MSD) Programme is a two
year programme that encompasses the philosophy of lifelong
learning to equip new recruits with the knowledge, skills
and experience to make them employable and marketable within
the South African Navy, as well as in the public and private
Recruits are provided with various skills ranging from
Seamanship, Environmental Awareness, Musketry, Computer Skills,
Basic Financial Management Skills, Hygiene and Discipline to Work
All basic training in the South African Navy begins at
SALDANHA in Saldanha Bay, where Military Training for Ratings (MTR)
Officer training is carried out at the
SA Naval College in
Gordon’s Bay, whilst specialist training is conducted at SAS
SIMONSBERG in Simon’s Town.
At SAS SALDANHA candidates are selected to go to the SA Naval
College where they will undergo intensive officer training before
filling posts in the Combat, Logistics, Personnel and Engineering
branches of the SA Navy.
Junior Ratings will receive specialised training for utilisation
in musterings (functional areas) such as Combat Operators, Divers,
Protection Force, Hospitality, Logistics, Radar Operators, Engine
Room Attendants and Personnel Clerks.
MTO1 Students during their Passing Out Parade
After a period of two years service, suitable MSD members will be
recruited into the Core Service System. The remainder will be
transferred to the Reserve Force for a period of five years where
they will be used in posts to complement the Full Time Force.
Those leaving the Navy on completion of MSD training will be
equipped with skills that will make them competitive in the labour
Teamwork is paramount in ensuring that there are no injuries during the
gun run display,
which is one of the highlights of the SAS SALDANHA Graduation Ceremony