Reserve Force service is voluntary military service by South African citizens. The members of the Reserve Force of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) either serve in a military unit or as required by a professional and skills programme. In normal circumstances the period of service will vary as agreed with the SANDF.

The Defence Reserves Division’s main task is to ensure that there are combat-ready Reserves. To do so the Defence Reserves Division assists each Service and Division to renew, transform and promote the Defence Reserves Service System. The Chief of Defence Reserves is required to participate in all functional forums at SANDF and DOD level. Every year the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans invites the Chief of Defence Reserves to brief the interested Parliamentary Select Committees on the level and quality of readiness of the SANDF Reserve Force. Guided by the “core growth one Force” doctrine the Defence Reserves System establishes and maintains the Combat Ready Defence Reserves ready to be deployed inside or outside South Africa.

The Chief, Defence Reserves is the Chief of the Defence Force’s principal Reserve Force adviser at both levels 0 and 1. This advisory role is seen in the CDR’s membership of the Military Command Council (MCC), the Plenary Defence Staff Council (PDSC), the Accountability Management Council (AMC), the Military Finance Management Council (MCFMC) and Weekly Defence Staff Council (WDSC) and other levels 1 and 2 councils and boards.

The Defence Reserves Division is situated at Defence HQ. It is administratively accountable to the Chief of Staff, SANDF, (CoS SANDF). The Chief, Defence Reserves, utilises the Defence Reserve Board (DRB) and Defence Reserve Workshop (DRW) at level 2 in order to liaise and coordinate with Services, Divisions and the Reserve Force Council (RFC). The Provincial Offices (POs) are regional branches, under the command of Chief Defence Reserves.

 

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