Five Faculty of Engineering students, including three final year M&M students complete SANDF leadership course
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) introduced the University Reserve Training Programme (URTP) to recruit junior leaders from the top undergraduate and postgraduate student bodies in South Africa. The URTP provides a challenging programme of military training, combined with leadership and other complementary social, cultural and physical training. The core purpose of the URTP is the enhancement of the professional and intellectual capacity of the SANDF Reserves. It provides a system for selection, enlistment and training with a view to commissioning and appointment as junior officers of qualified members of exceptional leadership potential with academic or technical qualifications.
After starting the programme with around 20 students in January 2017, 5 students remain, namely: Gareth Ramsay, Stuart Warren, Dylan Donn (Mechanical final years); Matt McKay (Mechanical); and Thabang Moliane (Electrical & Electronic). The programme has been led by Divisional Officer, Sub-Lieutenant Theart, over the past 3 years. After the final selection board this November, they will be passing-out on 6 December 2019 during the South African Naval College’s annual Passing-out Parade with the junior officer rank of Midshipman, Ensign or Sub-Lieutenant.