The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) recently visited the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) to recruit students for their reserve military training programme. This is known as the University Reserve Training Programme (URTP).
SANDF’s Captain Sibusiso Khumalo said they are always overwhelmed by the response at universities with students wanting to take the opportunity so that they benefit in their future endevours. “In basic military training you learn life skills, how to read a map, shoot, salute and march as well as managing workplace leadership,” said Capt Khumalo.
Colonel Carton-Barber told the packed auditorium that the Reserve Force service is military service rendered by citizens of the country on a voluntary basis. “The members of the Reserve either serve within the structure of an allocated unit or in accordance with a professional and skills requirement programme.”
He also said that under normal circumstances the period of service will vary according to an agreed contract between the Reserve Force member and the SANDF.
UNIZULU’s Manager for Guidance and Counselling Nosipho Makalima welcomed the SANDF initiatives, saying that it will go a long way in creating vast opportunities for students.
The purpose of the URTP is to enhance the intellectual and leadership capabilities of the Reserves. As these members will eventually become the SANDF leaders of the future, academic achievements/progress, leadership potential and integrity are important criteria considered during the selection of candidates for the programme.
SANDF1- (L-R) Colonel Carton-Barber, Ms Nozipho Makalima and Captain Sibusiso Khumalo
Photo: Mack Makhathini
Story: MACK MAKHATHINI