Regular Officer Cadets

  • Age.18 to 22 years for Advanced level holders
  • Age. 18 to 24 years for diploma and degree holders
  • Educational Qualifications. Three Advanced Level passes with a minimum of 6 points. A degree or higher diploma is an added advantage.
  • Physical Fitness.
  • Candidates have to pass an officer selection before training.
  • Members are commissioned by the President on  completion of the cadet course


Medical Cadets

  • Educational Qualifications Candidates accepted for undergraduate degree training by recognized universities are recruited.
  • Age. Age 18 to 25 years.
  • Members are commissioned by the President on completion of medical training.


General Duty (GD) Soldier

  • Age.18 to 22 years
  • Educational Qualifications. Five Ordinary Level passes, including English Language and Mathematics at Grade 'C' or better.
  • Physical Fitness.
  • Recruits will undergo 6 months Basic Military Training. They passout as Private soldiers.


Technical/Specialist Personnel.

  • Age.18 to 30 years
  • Educational Qualifications.
  • Potential Officers undergo a 6 months Basic Officers Course (BOC).
  • They are commissioned on successful completion of the BOC.


General requirements:

Medical:  Recruits are to pass a medical examination administered by an Army Medical Officer.

Height and Weight:  Average height for candidates is 1.7m. Their weight should be a minimum of 57kgs.

Vetting:  Candidates are thoroughly security screened for suitability.


Recruitment into the ZNA is a continuous process. Advertisements for all recruitment categories are placed in the media. Applications are to be forwarded to the following address:

The Army Recruiting Office

P. Bag CY7720


Enclosed in the letter should be a stamped self-addressed envelope, 3 passport size  photographs and certified photocopies of the following:

  • Birth Certificate.
  • National identity card.
  • Educational / professional certificates.

Recommendation letter from previous headmaster or community leader.