Fri. Sep 29th, 2023

There are four entry categories into the ZNA namely; Regular Officer Cadets, General Duty Soldier, Medical and Dental Cadets, Specialists/Technical Personnel.

Training Cycle

The Zimbabwe Defense forces recruitment policy states that there shall be equal representation of all the administrative provinces. The Zimbabwe National Army attracts it’s candidates by placing adverts in both print and electronic data. The ZNA also conducts career guidance at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair and Agricultural Shows across the Country

Regular Officer Cadets

Regular Officer cadets are recruited from civilians and from within the organisation. Currently, a potential cadet should be in possession of the following Educational Qualifications

  • A minimum of six (6) points at A level supported by at least 5 O level passes that include Mathematics, English and Science

Those with higher qualifications have an added advantage. Potential cadets must satisfy the following :

  • Complete a 10km Road Run
  • Age ; 18yrs to 22 yrs for A level holders and 18yrs to 24 years for those with Diplomas or Degrees
  • Height : A minimum of 168cm for males, 160cm for females
  • Weight: A minimum of 57kgs for males and 55kgs for females
  • Body Mass Index : 20-25 (weight in kgs divided by height in metres
  • Office Selection Board; Candidates must pass through an Officer selection board before undergoing rigorous training at the Zimbabwe Military Academy in Gweru.
  • Period of Training: 18months at Zimbabwe Military Academy in Gweru. Upon completion of training a cadet is commission to the rank of Second Lieutenant and posted to an infantry unit

General Duty Soldier (GD)

The catchment area for GD is the civilian sector and the target area is mainly school leavers. The potential recruit will be required to fulfil the following

  • Complete a 10km road run
  • Age ; 18yrs to 22 yes
  • Height ; A minimum of 168cm for males, 160cm for females
  • Body Mass Index ; 20-25
  • Entry Point ; Recruit Training Depot (Bulawayo)
  • Period of Training: 6 months . Upon completion of training, recruits are promoted to the rank of Private and posted to infantry units

Medical and Dental Cadets

The recruitment of Medical and Dental cadets is governed by the Zimbabwe Defence (Regular Force) (Medical and Dental Cadets) Regulations of 1976. Recruitment catchment area is the local and foreign universities schools of medicine.

  • Age is 18yrs to 25 yes
  • Upon successful completion of their degrees, (and after registering with the Health Professions Council)
  • Medical cadets are commissioned to the rank of Second Lieutenant whilst Dental Cadets are commissioned to the rank of captain

Skilled / Technical Personnel

These are artisans/specialists that are recruited into the ZNA. Age ranges from 18yrs to 30 yes. Artisans/specialists are those who have already attained professional qualifications in various trades


Army Headquarters

Recruiting Office

P Bag 7720




Handwritten application letters should be accompanied by the following documents

  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate
  • Photocopy of National Identification Card
  • Photocopies of Academic Certificates
  • Photocopies of Professional qualifications (where applicable)
  • self addressed envelope

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