Southern African Armed Forces
SA-AF Logo
Flag of the SA-AF.
Founded 2012
Country Southern African Confederacy
Type Armed forces
Role Protection of the SAC against foreign enemies.
Size 750,000 active personnel
Headquarters Capital District of Gauteng
Commander-in-Chief President Kefentse Gabya
Chief of Defense Staff General Desmond Maphisa

Not to be confused with the South African National Defense Force, which is the territorial militia of South Africa.

The Southern African Armed Forces (SA-AF) is the unified military force of the Southern African Confederacy. The commander-in-chief of the SA-AF is the President of the Southern African Confederacy and appoints the Chief of Defense Staff. The role of the SA-AF is to protect the territory of the SAC from foreign threats - which up until August 2012 was the Hurian Federation. Between 1994 and 2012, most bases and troops were located on the Two Kilo Buffer, also known as "Kilo," however, have since been dispersed across the country. Territorial militias are responsible for responding to domestic threats and do not form as part of the SA-AF. These independent militias can however be asked by Parliament to assist the SA-AF.


Unlike other armed services, the SA-AF, basically similar to the former Canadian Armed Forces, is unified. That means that recruits do not apply to either the army, navy or air force, but rather the SA-AF as a whole.

Administrative commands

The administrative commands are the basic organizational divisions of the Southern African Armed Forces. MILCOM consists of the top leaders of the military and has the Office of the Chief of Defense Staff as a subordinate. BORCOM administrates all units stationed on the borders of the Southern African Confederacy.

Command units Commander Headquarters
Military Command (MILCOM) General Desmond Maphisa Capital District of Gauteng
Border Command (BORCOM) Lieutenant General Carl Zimmer Capital District of Gauteng
Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Major General
Criminal and Corrections Command (CRIMCOM) Major General
Health Command (HEALTHCOM) Major General
Base Command (BASECOM) Major General Capital District of Gauteng
Human Resources Command (HUMCOM) Major General Capital District of Gauteng
Support Services and Civilian Command (SUPPCOM) Brigadier General Capital District of Gauteng

The following are subordinate commands to the aforementioned and also act only administratively:

Command units Commander Headquarters Superior command
Training Command (TRAINCOM) Brigadier General HUMCOM
Intelligence Command (INTELCOM) Colonel STRATCOM
Military Legal Services Command (LEGCOM) Colonel Capital District of Gauteng SUPPCOM
Space and Cyber Command (CYCOM) Brigadier General STRATCOM
Professional Standards Command (PROCOM) Brigadier General Capital District of Gauteng SUPPCOM

Combatant units

The combatant units make up the actual military force of the SA-AF.

Formation Commander Headquarters Superior command
Military Police Corps Capital District of Gauteng CRIMCOM
1st Artillery and Fire Support Corps
2nd Artillery and Fire Support Corps
3rd Artillery and Fire Support Corps
1st Armored Corps
2nd Armored Corps
3rd Armored Corps
1st Infantry Corps
2nd Infantry Corps BORCOM
3rd Infantry Corps
4th Infantry Corps BASECOM
Southern African Special Forces STRATCOM

Rank structure and military organization

The Chief of Defense Staff is the only holder of the full-General rank. The Deputy Chief of Defense Staff as well as a third trusted general officer hold the rank of Lieutenant General. There is no limit on the amount of Majors- or Brigadiers General. The ranks, from highest to lowest, apply to each formation of the military:

  • General
  • Lieutenant General
  • Major General
  • Brigadier General
  • Colonel
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Major
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant I
  • Lieutenant II
  • Sergeant Major
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Private I
  • Private

Normal enlisted men are only able to reach the rank of Staff Sergeant. They must apply at the Military Officers Academy and pass a six-month course to be awarded an Officer Certificate, making them eligible to be promoted past Staff Sergeant.

Most of the combatant units have the suffix "-Corps," however, this does not have any literal binding to what a corps is or how it is traditionally managed. Usually, anything from a Colonel onward can lead a corps, however, Lieutenants Colonel or Majors may also assume the role of acting commander should the need arise.

Conscription and reservists

Once reaching the age of 18, all able-bodied citizens must report to their nearest military office and sign up for the mandatory three-week training course. Three months after being completed, the Border Command chooses the top-candidates of the past three months and enters them into the reserve force. Currently, there are over 8,000,000 reservists. Reservists are required to always be on standby, however, are not required to take part in day-to-day activities.



  • Vektor SP1 - Standard issued sidearm.
  • Vektor R4 - Standard issued assault rifle.
  • Vektor SS-77 - General purpose machine gun.
  • RPG-7 - Anti-tank weapon.
  • SMAW - Anti-tank weapon (awaiting contract approval).
  • Starstreak - Surface-to-air missile launcher.
  • M40 - Recoilles rifle.
  • AK-47 - Backup assault rifle.

Ground vehicles


Non-combat ground vehicles

Aerial vehicles

Maritime vehicles

Defense industry

The following are among the SAC's largest defense contractors, mostly from South Africa due to the recent Apartheid isolation:

See also

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