From experience in other countries where similar programmes have been implemented, the three main role-players can benefit in the following ways:
The skills and capabilities of the leader element of the SANDF will be enhanced. The leadership and managerial skills within the military will improve. Members of high calibre, who are likely to become the future leaders and opinion-makers in civil society, well-disposed to the concept of voluntary part-time military service, will be recruited. Their exposure to the military environment and personal experience in the URTP will be a long-term investment for the SANDF in fostering the military-civil partnership.
The URTP is focussed on developing the leadership potential of young people. This will play a major role in not only developing individual management skills but also in establishing self-awareness, self-discipline and self-confidence. The students will be exposed to a challenging programme of military training and additional complementary social activities, adventure and cultural activities that will broaden their outlook on life. As members of the SANDF, the students will be subject to the Military Disciplinary Code (MDC) which will provide an additional frame of reference for self-discipline. In the military environment teamwork is essential and students will develop a sense of responsibility and respect towards fellow members in the group. This will not only develop their social interaction capabilities, but will also facilitate their induction into new career environments. As members of the SANDF they will become part of a highly technological and exciting organisation that can offer many career experiences and opportunities.