GAF Recruitment Exercise

World Scholarship Forum will walk you through the GAF recruitment exercise and process in the barest concise way. Including the Gambia army chief of staff rank placements. 

GAF recruitment exercise has passively influenced by African systems of the military which refer back to 1800.

The current mode of Gambian army Rank placement points to the evolution of military systems on the continent of African before 1800.

This is explicit on the role of indigenous states and individuals, whose leaders and fighting forces were a product of the continent, with their core military bases, fortifications, including sources of supply based on the continent, and whose military operations were conducted just within the continent or close to its borders.

Gambia army forces is a powerful part of the African Military System and draw their operation and selection of heads and rank like the British, and world-leading forces.


The Gambia Armed Forces also referred to as the
Armed Forces of The Gambia, composes of three branches:

  • Gambia National Army (GNA)
  • Gambia Navy, and
  • Republican National Guards (RNG

It initially included the Gambia National Gendarmerie (GNG) prior to 1996, when they were pushed under the constituent of the Ministry of the Interior.

The commander-in-chief is the Gambia president who is responsible for setting and commanding an army in general, whereas the practical control is to be exercised by the Gambia Army Chief of Staff who sets and has the power to influence the GAF recruitment exercise and decides who goes to any level in the Gambia Army Ranks.

The President has a strong influence in the GAF recruitment exercise, being the chief of the armed forces. He has the power to influence the Gambia army Ranks, and he is the only person who can put or remove the Gambia Army Chief of Staff.


This is the highest level in the Gambia army Rank placements. Never has anyone found himself in this level few years after their GAF recruitment exercise.

The Gambia Chief of the Defence Staff is attained gradually and with valuable experience.

He is responsible for the operational overlook and administration of the Gambia Army Forces.

In accordance with Section 188 (1) of the Gambian Constitution. The Chief of Staff has a strong place in the National Security Council, backed by Section 78 of the Gambian constitution, and in the Armed Forces Council if Zambia, backed by Section 189 of the Gambian constitution. In a bid to appoint or sack a Chief of the Staff, the President who is the commander in chief if the arm forces must consult with the NSC National Security Council first.


The Gambian navy started itself as a separate entity from the national land forces in July 1996, although limited to just patrol duties in the coastal zone.

In 1985 the marine division of the Gambian National Army was then assigned the Gambian Navy. The strength and operation of the Navy is estimated at from 125 to 250 personnel. Although the Gambia has a coastline of 80km and its maritime does not encompass some vast area, yet it is vital to hold the middle ships from Europe to the Gulf of Guinea and to the Southern Africa region.

The recruitment process of this division is also under the jurisdiction of the general GAF recruitment exercise and process.


Enlistment and absorption into the Gambia Armed Forces as a Soldier requires that a person shall be qualified for enlistment into Gambia Army Forces if he/she sustains all of the following conditions:

  1. Must be a Gambian.
  2. Must be between the ages of 18 to 25.
  3. Must be medically fit in correspondence with the Medical Standards of the Gambia Army Forces.
  4. Must be present and pass a Board selection before recruitment training.
  5. Must possess an educational qualification in the level of Secondary School Leaving Certificate at least or its equivalence
  6. The person should be recommended by the Local Government Authority in that area in which he or she resides. Or by the Gambia army chief of staff
  7. Male Recruits mustn’t be at less than 1.65 meters in height and at least 60kg in weight while females must be at 1.63 meters in height in its least and at least 55kg.
  8. Tradesmen should hold the appropriate certificates exemplifying their skills.

Enlistment into Gambia Armed Forces as a Regular Combatant Commission Officer
Conditions for Enlistment.


Step to Take for Your Application.

As the selection process and application and choice method is thorough, you wish to allow yourself time to arrange and put yourself together.

This implies providing yourself enough time to collect all the personal information and documents before you start.

How to Apply Army Accomplishment.

There is no admission or enrollment.

Candidates should be Zambians by birth and should reserve a Review twelve confirmation. Men will be on duty till age 65, once there’s an associate degree retirement by obligation.

Military Service Age and Obligation.

National registration is required at age 16; 18-25 years old-time for men and women voluntary military service no conscription; Zambian citizenship is also required; grade twelve certification must be made available; obligatory HIV testing should be made on enlistment.


Applicants ought to come with copies of their qualifications, it has influence in the Gambia Army Ranks placements.

Names of candidates who successfully pass would be listed and published in all the newspapers in Zambia and would submit themselves more qualitative tests, physical fitness tests, medical tests, or examinations.

Currently, the Zambia Air Force Recruitment form isn’t out yet. It is expected to be available for application by Dec. 2020 or earlier.

Make sure you visit the official website for more information and also read daily newspapers as opportunity advertisements would be advertised on all the media channels.


The Gambia Air Force protects the sovereignty of their motherland against all air threats and renders selfless support to land forces in the defense of the motherland. It is organized into 6 departments as follows:-

  • Operations
  • Technical services
  • Administration
  • Supply services
  • Training
  • Audit and inspectorate
  • Functions

The functions are as follows:-

  • To protect the Zambian airspace against enemy air attacks
  • To support all ground forces in their operations
  • To render all types of air transport support to civil authorities if the need arises
  • To aid and co-operate with state organizations and institutions of states in times of emergencies and all types of national disasters.
  • They perform any other required duties as may be required by the government in some ins and outs of the country’s operational activities


These are the procedures to get into the Gambian army.

Make sure to follow the instructions carefully.

You can read twice to fully assimilate the information as they are a bit tough.


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