British Minister of Armed Forces announced earlier in November 2018 that citizens from the Commonwealth
countries will now be able to more easily join
the British Armed Forces! As South Africa is a member of the
Commonwealth, this is, of course, good news for many young South Africans
looking for such job opportunities.
2013, the British Armed Forces changed their rules, and it was only possible
for a Commonwealth citizen to join the British Armed Forces if the person held
residency in the UK. Residency can only be
acquired after spending five years in the UK, on a visa leading to
permanent residence, such as the
a South African can apply to join the British Armed Forces, without any visa
rules imposed on him or here.
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& Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica,
Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi,
Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles,
Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and
Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago,
Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia.
British Minister of Armed Forces made specific reference in his announcement to
South Africa and said that the UK Armed
Forces had more than 7,500 Commonwealth
citizens in its ranks, with many from Fiji, South Africa, and Australia.
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How the recruitment process will work?
Henceforth, the application for the British Armed Forces for all ranks
and roles will be open to Commonwealth citizens, from the age of 18 years and
The number of recruits from the Commonwealth will be increased to 1 350 per year. The British Army will hire about 1 000
personnel per year. The Royal Navy will hire about 300 persons per year, and
the Royal Air Forces about 50 persons per year.
Royal Navy and the Royal Air Forces have already started with their recruitment
process. The British Army will only open their recruitment process in January
British Citizenship and Family joining
good news for South Africans, who are successful in joining the British Armed
Forces, is that they will eventually be able to obtain permanent residence that
leads to British citizenship. Dependants, which include spouses, partners, and dependent children will also be able to
join them in the UK.
interested in joining the British Army, or who need more information, can apply
directly from the British Armed Forces website here.
For more information on how your spouse, partner, children,
and other dependants can join you, please
feel free to contact Breytenbachs.