Air Defence Artillery Soldier

OFO No: 542303






Other names for Air Defence Artillery Soldier:

  • Air Defence Artillery Officer

What is an Air Defence Artillery Soldier?

An Air Defence Artillery Soldier works in the SA defence force. They use specialised tactics and techniques during military and peace operations.

What does an Air Defence Artillery Soldier do?

  • co-ordinates armour, artillery and air support units
  • sends out necessary vehicles, equipment and weapons where required
  • scouts for good locations to construct camouflaged defence positions
  • manages the communications out in the field
  • operates specialised weaponry and military vehicles
  • designs and plans battle plans and other military operations

Are you … ?

  • a South African citizen?
  • patriotic?
  • a team player?
  • fit and healthy?
  • disciplined?
  • good with your hands?
  • technically minded?
  • a problem solver?

How do I become an Air Defence Artillery Soldier?

  • Must be South African
  • Must be 18 to 22 years old (currently completing matric or completed matric)
  • Must be 26 or younger (graduate with diploma or degree)
  • Must not be area bound (happy to move around SA)
  • Must have a clean criminal record
  • Must be preferably single
  • Must be fit and healthy (pass SADF fitness requirement test)

The SA Army’s way of recruiting is through The Military Skills Development Systems (MSDS).

It’s a 2 year contract, voluntary service system with the long-term aim of building the SADF’s capabilities.

During the 2 years you will receive:

  • 1st year – military and functional training
  • 2nd year – deployed to develop use your training and develop your skills
  • At the end of your second year you can decide if you want to continue as a volunteer or join the SADF on a permanent basis. The SADF will only recruit permanent members if you prove yourself.

There are 3 groups of applicants:

Path 1

Applicants with Matric / Grade 12

  • Applicants will be chosen on educational performance, participation in sport and community involvement
  • After training, the SADF will then consider you for specialisations.

Path 2

Applicants with Matric / Grade 12 with VERY HIGH MARKS + exemption

  • Training that will focus on developing your leadership potential during the second year of deployment
  • After training, you may be selected for the Core Service System (CSS) studies at the Military Academy. Only candidates with Grade 12 exemption can be considered for studies at the Military Academy.

Path 3

Applicants with a recognised 3 year diploma or degree

  • It will depend on our qualification at the time and what the SADF requires. These applicants will be earmarked for leadership development and or non-leader group training


  • Applications usually take place between 1 Jan and 28 February: CLICK HERE
  • It’s up to you to double-check for the closing date.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Paramedic or Fire Fighter

Is becoming an Air Defence Artillery Soldier the right career choice for me?