MILITARY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM (MSDS) PROGRAMME
The Military Skills Development System (MSDS) programme is a two-year
voluntary service system with the long-term goal of enhancing the SA
National Defence Forceís deployment capability. Recruits are required to
sign up for a period of two years, during which they will receive
military training and further functional training in their first year of
service. During the second year of service, depending on the duration of
their functional orientation, they will be deployed where needed and
given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and develop their skills.
This MSDS programme serves as an introduction to the military way of
life for all members who are joining the SA Army for the first time.
Towards the end of the second year, the member will be offered the
opportunity for further service in the SA Army or leave the Army. The
opportunity for further service will mainly depend on the memberís
performance over the two years and the availability of posts in the
relevant functional field and whether or not he or she has been
recommended for further service. Members who are not recommended for, or
who are not interested in continuing with their service in the Regular
Force, will be required to serve in the Reserve Force after completion
of the initial two-year period. This entails 30 days service per annum
over a 5 year period.
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