THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESERVE FORCE LOGO
The design of the Reserve Force logo represents a cog with the SANDF logo in the middle which confirms that this is the logo of a military element.
The significance of the cog (which was originally used as a logo by commerce and industry) is two fold as it is internationally used to reflect the relationship between the military and commerce and industry and as such the expansion capability of the Reserve Force.
With the formation of the National Defence Liaison Council (now known as “The Council for Support of National Defence”) and the recent Defence Provincial Liaison Councils (DPLCs), it was important that the logo of the Reserve Force should represent the close relationship between the SANDF and commerce and industry as the majority of Reserve Force members should firstly be full-time employees within commerce and industry and secondly part-time soldiers.
The logo in itself symbolises the good understanding with the business community in that they will in future be prepared to allow their staff to attend military training and operational deployment.
As in overseas countries, a win win situation is created as the military training that Reserve Force members undergo also positively influences their bearing (attitude, leadership skills, discipline) and functional capabilities in their civilian careers.
The recognition given to commerce and industry in the SANDF Reserve Force logo clearly indicates the importance of the future military-civilian partnership in building an effective Reserve Force and thus effective defence for the Country.