South African Military Health Service Application Process

Joining the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) as a nurse is a great way to serve your country while gaining valuable experience in a unique healthcare setting.

What Is Required of You Before Applying to Join The SAMHS Military Skills Development System (MSDS)?

  • Be a South African citizen with no dual citizenship.
  • Be between 18 and 26 years old at the time of reporting for the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) program.
  • Have a valid Senior Certificate (Matric) with an Admission Point Score (APS) of 24 or above, excluding Life Orientation.
  • No criminal record or pending cases.
  • Meet the medical and physical fitness requirements set by the SAMHS.
  • Be prepared to commit to a minimum of four years of service after completing your training.

How to Apply for The SAMHS Military Skills Development System

Follow the steps below to apply for the South African Military Health Service;

The SAMHS Military Skills Development System (MSDS) application portal opens annually around August-September and remains open until February/March of the following year for the next intake.

STEP 1: Access the Official Website

Start by visiting the official SAMHS website:

Look for a section or link labelled “Careers”, “Vacancies”, “Join Us”, or similar. This is often found in the main menu or footer of the website.

STEP 2: Find the MSDS Application Portal

Within the careers or recruitment section, locate information specific to the Military Skills Development System (MSDS) program. This is the pathway for nursing training within SAMHS.

Look for a link or button that says “Apply Online” or “MSDS Application Portal.” Clicking this will redirect you to the dedicated application portal.

STEP 3: Create an Account (if required)

If you haven’t applied before, you’ll likely need to create an account on the portal. This involves providing basic personal information and creating a secure login.

STEP 4: Complete the Online Application Form

Follow the prompts to fill out the application form accurately and completely. This will include sections for personal details, education, qualifications, contact information, and any required documents.


    • Certified copies of your ID document and Matric certificate.
    • Certified copies of any tertiary qualifications you may have.
    • A recent CV.
    • A completed parental/guardian consent form if you are under 21.

STEP 5: Submit Your Application

Review your application thoroughly before submitting it. Double-check accuracy and ensure all required fields are completed.

Click the “Submit” button to finalize your application.

STEP 6: Selection Process

If your application meets the eligibility criteria, you will be invited to attend a selection process that may include:

  • Psychometric Testing: This assesses your personality, aptitudes, and interests.
  • Medical Evaluation: This ensures you meet the physical and mental health requirements for military service.
  • Vetting: Your criminal record and background will be checked.
  • Physical Fitness Test: You will need to pass a basic fitness test.
  • Interview: You will be interviewed by a panel of SAMHS officers.

STEP 7: Training

If you are successful in the selection process, you will be offered a place in the MSDS program. The program includes both military and nursing training. The nursing training will take place at an accredited nursing institution in South Africa.

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