Armed Forces: South African Servicemen

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Drayson Lord Drayson Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Defence Equipment and Support)

The most recently available data for the number of South Africans serving in each of the services are shown in the following table.

Number of South Africans
Naval Service 60
Army 795
RAF 10

Naval Service data are at 6 October 2006.

Army data are at 1 January 2007.

RAF data are at 6 March 2006.

Figures for Naval Service and RAF do not include UK/South African dual nationals. The Army figure includes personnel whose first nationality is shown as South African.

Figures are for UK regular forces and therefore include nursing services and exclude full-time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. They include trained and untrained personnel.

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Sam Morrison
Posted on 3 Apr 2007 1:44 pm (Report this annotation)

I am South African, 21 years old. I would like to know how to go about joining the RAF, as I would like to join the RAF to do electrical engineering.
I've been on the RAF website but, it doesn't help with this regard. Please could you give me advice on how to go about joining the RAF from South Africa.

Sam Morrison