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SA Army Military Skills Development System

SA Army Armour Corps

Armour Corps                 



Main Function

Dedicated well-trained crews in tanks and armoured cars form the Iron Fist of South Africa. Members are trained in a variety of areas such as Mobile Long Range Anti-Tank weapons, Olifant Tank, Rooikat armoured car crew members, as well as truck drivers and administrative personnel.

The main equipment of the armoured corps is the tank. The armoured car is usually used for reconnaissance. Crew members must be technically inclined, display innovative thinking and action as well as fast, yet aggressive reaction. The armoured corps offers various opportunities and challenges to persons with an interest in heavy weaponry and technologically advanced equipment.


Operating as an armoured crew member within the following capabilities or scenarios:

  • High mobility combat
  • High intensity combat
  • Operations other than war
  • Counter-Armour operations
  • Strategic landward lift capability

Values Component

  • Military professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Accountability
  • Reliability
  • Transparency
  • Loyalty
  • Leadership
  • Excellence
  • Discipline

Tactical Role

Execution of engagements aimed at creating specific tactical, technical or psychological effects, ie:

  • Screening own forces by means of smoke
  • Anti tank engagements
  • Battlefield illumination
  • Incendiary engagements
  • Target indication
  • Radar jamming
  • Propaganda leaflets
  • Harassing fire
  • Mine laying

Educational Entry Requirements

Requirement Description
Grade 12 / NQF 4 Entry level requirement for Military Skills Development System Recruits
English Essential
Geography Preferable
Mathematics Advantageous
Mechanics Preferable
Technical Trade Theory Advantageous
Computer Skills and Typing Advantageous