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South African Army Infantry Formation
File:SA Infantry Formation badge.jpg
Infantry Formation badge
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Branch South African Army
Service history
Motto Gladium Practamus (Wielders of the Sword)
Colors Green and black
Insignia Springbok head

The South African Army Infantry Formation supervises all infantry within the South African Army.

The unit originated as the Infantry Branch of the Union Defence Forces in 1913.

In 1915, the defence forces established the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force for war service outside southern Africa. It included the South African Infantry, comprising twelve battalions, and the Cape Corps, comprising two battalions of Coloured volunteers. These units were disbanded in 1919.

The Infantry Branch was enlarged in 1934, and the mounted rifles regiments were converted to infantry in 1935.

In 1943, the Infantry Branch was incorporated into the new South African Armoured Corps, which was divided into armour and infantry branches after World War II. In 1954, the SAAC's infantry branch, and the personnel of the South African Instructional Corps, were formed into the South African Infantry Corps.[1]

In 2000 the Corps became known as the South African Army Infantry Formation.[1]


Shared Accord 2013

South African Infantry during Operation Shared Accord 2013

The infantry corps contains a total of 15 regular battalions in a variety of different roles:[2]

The infantry corps contains a total of 26 reserve battalions in the following roles:

  • Mechanised Infantry - 6 battalions
  • Motorised Infantry - 14 battalions
  • Light Infantry - 3 battalions
  • Parachute Infantry - 1 battalion
  • Air Landed Infantry - 2 battalion

Parachute InfantryEdit

44 Parachute Regiment (Bloemfontein) – a brigade sized regiment consisting of the following units:
Regular Force

Reserve Force

Air AssaultEdit

Regular Force

Reserve Force


Regular Force

Light InfantryEdit

Regular Force

Reserve Force

Mechanised InfantryEdit

Regular Force

Reserve Force

Motorised InfantryEdit

Regular Force

Reserve Force

Basic trainingEdit

All basic infantry training is done at:

It is a Regular Force unit.



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