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It is a productive fast paced, highly physically and technically demanding but enjoyable work environment.

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It is a productive fast-paced, highly physically and technically demanding but enjoyable work environment. During the course of working here, you learn a lot from experienced senior technical officers and this aids one's growth and advancement.

Pros

free valuable courses with certificates. travelling, job security

Cons

long hours, multiple designations and responsibilities, constant travelling
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Lacks development

The organization is too political and is controlled by politics and ran by politicians. That really needs to change in this day and age. The corruption needs to come to an end as well.

Pros

Stable job

Cons

Lack of development
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Unproductive, sludge-work, stagnant, and extremely bureaucratic

A typical day can vary from being in a fire drill (if you find yourself in the SA Navy, for example) for the umpteenth time to being bored half to death because management has run out of ideas on keeping personnel busy. You will learn only what the organisation requires for you to perform whichever monotonous drudgery will be your mustering. Management comprises idiots whose only mission is to constantly remind you of how much they outrank you unless you brown-nose your way into their good graces; that's the workplace culture, by the way. The hardest part of the job is dealing with the bureaucratic B.S. That's sadly part and parcel of being part of an autocratic system like the military. Deployments are the only way to make some sizeable money, but often with some conditions. If you are a critical-thinker, free-thinking, self-sufficient, opinionated, intelligent person that hates routine and being told what to do, when to do it and how to do it, (basically following stupid orders from some idiot who happens to outrank you), then please don’t bother with joining the defence force. You can put your brain to better use than that because being in the defence forces where your talents will go to waste here, and you will only be frustrated to no end.

Pros

Lots of free time, often colloquially referred to as “hurry up and wait”., If you do not like dealing with deadlines and being productive then this job is for you.

Cons

Regimental or guard duties which require you to stay overnight (24 hours) at your workplace or unit, but pays very little and often in dilapitaded conditions.
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Security of the State

Working with SANDF was very nice and easy all the time. The SANDF management team they always makes sure that the needs of the members on the ground is fulfilled at all the time. Basic safety is their priority and they make sure that all stuff members are well trained to adhere safety measures.

Pros

They provide workers with all the daily meals

Cons

Normal hours and overtimes depending on the daily schedule
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It's a productive environment especially for grabbing skills and knowledge

It's a good environment for developing skills and gaining knowledge not to make a career out of it for young South Africans and you can choose to study by state expense

Pros

Yeah it's fair enough

Cons

It's just normal 45 min lunch
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Good sector to kick start your career

The overall experience in the SANDF is good and it's a great opportunity for a person to grow Professionally, Academically, Mentally. It tends to strain psychologically depending on your daily routine and deployments.The work ethics of the Military are Military based, not for your personal ambitions, it's Organizational based.It's good that a person understands that at an early stage.

Pros

Free meals whilst on deployments / away from your comfort zone

Cons

Long hours when you're on deployments and operations.
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Stable work

Stable working environment with good benefits. Higher level of education will help you progress quicker. Great opportunity for people just leaving school at any level. You can work and study.

Pros

Food and accommodation is provided when you live in the base

Cons

Your time belongs to the defense force. They tell you when to work.
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Well disciplined an respectful.

Learned to work as s group (team). Discipline and respect was daily food towards team, always on time an being flexible at all times. Ready to relocate at any moment and to work extra time was daily task.

Pros

I worked for anything

Cons

No free hours, you work hard and rest.
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Great place to work. Great people all around.

Great place for career growth and personal development.Plenty of opportunities for career progression.Self confidence and industrial worth can be best attained.

Pros

Your dedication to work will definitely be recognised by supervisors.

Cons

At times you'll be expected to go the extra mile. And for that you'll be rewarded.
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Interesting place to work at

Challenging environment that requires passion determination and willingness. The environment is seductive for everyone to work on it. Team work is their core value.

Pros

First two years of training they offer you accomodation and free meals

Cons

Required to stay far away from home detached all over the borders of south africa
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Diciplinned and strict

Great people ...Fun environment and casual although strict and disciplined...Great hours with tea time and lunch time.Promotion to next rank available although it takes long

Pros

Functions fun daye etc

Cons

Duties
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I love my job

I worked in the NDF for 15years and still not promotedHave been to couple of countries and have really gained a lotDrCongo,Burundi,SudanThank you.

Pros

Salaries

Cons

Long hours
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Self-discipline

Self-discipline is of utmost importance. Growth opportunities are available. Job security. You need to know how to follow orders and be a leader at the same time. Be medically fit.

Pros

Free meals

Cons

Long Hours
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Meet people from all over tge country

A very great experience which makes you ti take decision very quickly, you will have that eagerness to go anywhere in the world, you can adapt to any situation and any terrain at any time which makes you more employable.You'll work with different kinds types of people and you must respect their race gender and most important religion.

Cons

Long hours
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As long as there is still that division of former forces,favouratism and not to care for old troops is going nowhere thats why standard is low

To be a Private for more than 20years it is a disgrace in the Sandf and without charge is a problem in the defence force of South Africa is like virus

Pros

Breakfast and lunch ok

Cons

It was not long
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Welfare

This is the best place to start if you're an adventurous person and if you like the fitness lifestyle. A great place to explore the greatness of weapons and explosives, a place where 'intelligence ' and technology is of great significance . A place where discipline is a daily lesson. A field of many careers to choose from.
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Productive but needs to concentrate more on proper leadership.

My work entail looking after my team and i am enjoying every moment thereof. Over the years i have learnt many skills and management strategies. Unfortunately the culture of the SANDF took a dip into negative territory but it's not something that cannot be remedied. The hardest part of the job is probably the fact that you have to remain single to ensure a successful career in the SANDF other than married couples who have to deal with going away for operations at prolonged period of time. The most enjoyable part of the job is that you get to travel and see different countries and places and meet many other soldiers, languages, cultures and people around the globe. The sense of purpose to serve a young democratic country and building a new inclusive nation is challenging but the thrill of accomplishment far outweigh the effort.

Pros

Best medical care system in the country and housing allowance.

Cons

Long hours, danger and travelling.
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Working day is normal as other even thou you encoumter scenario where you to apply vision

Normal working Hours but remember security You are 24/7 alert. There is lot to learn things like...your body getting used to function underpressure and contain with out breaking up,secondly being to live together with No fight but there argument. Top rated management with good working ethics.I wish everyone would love to have test of its culture where by to learn different cultural nd they behaiuot.Also how we do things always in group we dnt work in imdividuals I I wish all members will love to taste the
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Physical fitness is a daily routine

Military career is a lifestyle of its kind requires one to mentally and physically fit and dedicated to his or her cause and it's very interesting . working at the SANDF has developed me in many aspects of life in my career and I have queit achieved a lot .
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good overall career

great place for a young man to start a career ,they show you a hole new world and calture,it a great experience and there are basis all over sa .a unfogetteble experians

Pros

health care

Cons

short hair
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Love discipline,uniformity,cleanliness

It's a good environment to start your security cluster work you get exposed to a lot of thing,your taught a lot of things which can later help you in life
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3,8 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3,6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3,9 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3,6 out of 5 stars for Management
4,0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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