Does SA have special forces?

Does SA have special forces?

Does SA have special forces?

The South African Special Forces Brigade, colloquially known as the Recces, is South Africa’s principal special operations unit, specialising in various types of operations including; counter-insurgency, long-range-reconnaissance, unconventional-warfare, special operations, hostage-rescue, and direct-action operations.

How do I join the SA Special Forces?

What it takes to get into the SA Special Forces

  1. A South African citizen.
  2. Between 18 and 22 (university graduates 26)
  3. Have Grade 12 or busy with the National Senior Certificate.
  4. Not area bound.
  5. No record of serious criminal offences.
  6. Preferably single.
  7. Comply with medical fitness requirements for appointment in the SANDF.

Are the Recces still active?

Today’s ‘Recce’ is often attached to missions of the United Nations for peacekeeping missions in various parts of Africa. The old SADF (South African Defense Force) was primarily a highly specialized unit born in the midst of a growing fire of communist insurgencies across the continent.

What guns does the SA Army use?


Name Type Calibre
Vektor R4 and R5 Assault rifle 5.56×45mm NATO
Vektor LM5 Designated marksman rifle 5.56×45mm NATO
R1 (FN-FAL) Designated marksman rifle 7.62×51mm NATO
Denel NTW-20 Anti-materiel rifle 20×82mm and 14.5×114mm

What weapons do SAPS use?

Police officers are generally issued with the Vektor Z88, developed by South African weapons manufacturer Denel, as a close copy of the Italian Beretta M92 9mmP pistol. The handguns use the Parabellum 9x19mm cartridge developed by George Luger and originally employed in the Luger pistol.