Botswana Defence Force Online Application Form

Botswana Defence Force Online Application Form

Access the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) Online Application Form and apply for the latest vacancy. Botswana Defence Force (BDF) is pleased to announce to the general public that the latest vacancies exist for OFFICER CADET Posts. Apply for Privates Exist Online.


Potential Candidates should possess the following;

  1. A Levels with a minimum of grade B in Mathematics, Sciences, and English Language
  2. BGCSE or Equivalent with a minimum of 42 points and a minimum of grade B in Mathematics, Sciences, and English Language.

Botswana Defense Force Entry Requirements

  • Botswana Citizens are both male and female (with no dual citizenship).
  • Should be in possession of a valid National ID card (Omang).
  • Candidates must be Aged between 18 – 28 years
  • Be physically and mentally fit.
  • No adverse criminal records
  • Minimum height of 160 cm for males and 155 cm for females
  • Minimum body weight of 55 Kg for males and 45 Kg for females.
  • Female candidates must not be pregnant at recruitment.
  • Candidates should be unmarried with no dependents or legal obligation to support a child or children.

Key Personal Attributes

High sense of Duty, Integrity, Esprit de Corps, Courage, Discipline, and Loyalty.

Remuneration, Benefits, and Opportunities

BDF offers competitive remuneration and benefits packages commensurate with qualifications over and above the following;

  • Free accommodation and subsidized utilities
  • Professional and academic growth
  • Local and international exposure
  • 20% BDF X-factor allowance
  • Free advanced medical cover

Minimum Qualification

Aspiring candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and should indicate their preferred Career field and Code of interest in line with their qualifications. Candidates are ONLY allowed to apply for one (1) career field.




Combat Operations

Management, Information Systems, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, and any related Bachelors courses.



Aviation, Computer and Telecommunications, Construction and Building, Mechanical, Auto Electrical, Industrial, and any related Engineering courses.


Aviation (Pilots)

Pilot Candidates: Possess a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (Preferably with good passes in sciences, mathematics, and English at BGCSE or equivalent).



Supply Chain, Hospitality, Quality Control, Clothing Design and Textile, and any related Logistics courses.


Administration and Management

Finance and Accounting, Law, Criminology, and any related Administration and Management courses.


Medicine and Health

Medical, Veterinary and any Health related courses.



Fine Arts, and any Music-related courses.

Applicants from the following professions with less than three (3) years’ work experience and registered and licensed to practice with relevant statutory bodies may apply:

  • Medical Officers,
  • Dentists,
  • Physiotherapist,
  • Pharmacists,
  • Specialist Nurses,
  • Lawyers,
  • Veterinary Officers
  • Bio-Medical Engineers,
  • Clinical/Industrial Psychologist,
  • Chaplains (Ordained Ministers).

NB: Botswana Defence Force has established Mobile Recruitment Centres in the following areas; Gantsi, Kasane, Tsabong, Maun, Francistown, Palapye, and Gaborone as Main Centres. It is Compulsory that candidates should indicate their Place of Preference in their applications.

BDF Selection Process

All candidates will have to undergo a selection process that includes the following:

  • Physical Fitness Assessment (2.4 km Run, Push-Ups and Sit-Ups).
  • Comprehensive Medical Examination in accordance with BDF Recruitment Medical Standards.
  • Aptitude Tests, Interviews, and Group Tests.

Mandatory Training and Deployment

Successful candidates shall undergo 12 months of Basic Military Training. Upon completion of training, officers must be ready to serve in various geographic locations and environmental conditions. Certified copies of the National Identity Card (Omang), relevant educational certificates/documents, transcripts, CV, and references must be attached.

How to Apply for Botswana Defence Force Online

To get started, access the Botswana Defence Force Online Application Form and attach certified copies of relevant educational certificates/documents, transcripts, and National Identity Card (Omang). CV and references must be attached and forwarded to the link below:

  1. Access
  2. Navigate and tap on Apply Now
  3. URL redirects you to BDF e-Recruitment Portal
  4. Fill in all required details
  5. Preview and Submit

Only applicants with constraints in using the link above are allowed to send their application to the address below:

The Commander

Botswana Defence Force

Private Bag X06


Reference: O/CDT: VAC 1/2023 (the reference number changes every year and is unique)

NB: Kindly ensure that your contact details especially mobile phones are valid as they will be used for the invitation to the selection process.

Hand deliveries will not be allowed. Only shortlisted candidates will be responded to.

Contact Details

For Enquiries call 3662135/71373483