South African Army Salaries In 2021

sa army salaries
sa army salaries

The South Africa Army is a military branch of the South African National Defence Force. The SANDF consists of the South African Army, South African Air Force, South African Navy and South African Military Health Service.

The South African army is made up of different ranks and their salaries varies according to the various ranks.

In this article, you will find:

  1. South African Army Roles
  2. South African Army Ranks
  3. South African Army salary components and many more.


South Africa Army Ranks

The SA army ranks are no different from other amy in the world. South Africa Army has the following ranks.

The ranking system used by our dear nation was derived from that of the British Army. SA Army ranks have been categorized into three, they are:

  • Officers
  • Warrant officers
  • Other ranks

South Africa Army Officers ranks

  • General
  • Lieutenant General
  • Major General
  • Brigadier
  • Colonel
  • Commandant
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • 2nd Lieutenant
  • Candidate Officer

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Warrant Officers Rank

  • Senior warrant officer
  • Master warrant officer
  • Chief warrant officer
  • Senior chief warrant officer
  • Master chief warrant officer
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Other ranks

  • Warrant officer 1
  • Warrant officer class
  • Staff sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Lance corporal


SA Army Salary

You should note that the South Africa Army salary is like every other military system, salary varies according to ranks.

Meaning that the higher your rank as a military officer the higher your salary.

See from the table below the salaries of South Africa Army.

An officer in the SA Army receives an average of R300 000 – R900 000 per annum.

The specific salaries are dependent on the rank of the officer. See the image below for more on the salary of SA army.

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SA Army Roles

The South African Army roles are as follows:


Things to note

Officers are entitled to several allowances and bonuses. Higher ranking officers are entitled to higher allowances due to higher responsibilities.


NOTE: The amount mentioned above might not be the exact amount received by the SA Army officers. We at SA Insider just give an estimate based of information we have gathered. If you have a more accurate information, kindly let us know by leaving a comment below.


  1. We only got R180 a month in my day.
    What ever happened to the army pention that was promised and we had to register for 6 or 7 years ago.
    Any one know?


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