ZNS Shortlisted Candidates 2023 PDF Download

The Zambia National Service (ZNS) has released the names of Shortlisted Candidates 2023, which will be available soon and anyone can download and save it on their device as a pdf file.

The Ministry of Defence in Zambia has completed the process of shortlisting candidates for the recruitment of military personnel. The response to the advertisement was overwhelming, with a total of 236,000 applicants from all ten provinces.

but, Out of these, 5,000 candidates have been shortlisted after a thorough and rigorous selection process.

ZNS Names of Shortlisted Candidates 2023

The names of the shortlisted candidates will be published in the Times of Zambia and Daily Mail on Monday, June 12th, Wednesday, June 14th, and Friday, June 16th, 2023.

The same information will also be available on the Ministry of Defence, Army, Zambia Air Force (ZAF), and Zambia National Service (ZNS) websites.

Shortlisted candidates are expected to report to the provincial centers on Sunday, June 18th, 2023.

How to Check ZNS Shortlisted Candidates 2023

  • Visit the ZNS portal www.airforce.mil.zm
  • Check for new Announcements
  • Scroll the page and locate shortlisted candidates
  • Click the download link to save the file to your device
  • Open the downloaded documents and search for your name or application number

What follows After shortlisting

The recruitment process will continue with the second phase, which involves various stages of interviews, including medical examinations, physical exams, and aptitude tests.

Successful candidates will be published after this phase, and they will undergo military training at designated training centers. The Minister of Defence urges the shortlisted candidates to show patience and the same positive attitude they displayed during the first phase of the process.

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About the ZNS

The Zambia Air Force (ZAF) holds a significant role as the Air Operations component of the Zambian Defence Force. With a rich history dating back to the days of the Northern Rhodesian Air Wing, the ZAF has undergone remarkable transformations and advancements to become a formidable air force in Africa.

A Proud Legacy: Following the establishment of the Republic of Zambia in 1964, the Northern Rhodesian Air Wing was renamed the Zambia Air Wing.

Initially, the air wing primarily focused on communication and transport operations. It comprised two squadrons based at Livingstone Airport, equipped with aircraft such as Dakotas, Hunting Pembrokes C.1, and De Havilland DHC-2 Beavers.

Over time, the Zambian Air Force received aid from various countries, including the UK, Italy, Yugoslavia, China, and Russia.

From Wing to Force: In 1968, the Zambia Air Force was officially established, signifying a new phase in the country’s air power capabilities.

Notably, the ZAF’s rapid expansion became evident when it showcased its modern Italian MB326GBs and Yugoslav SOKO Jastreb/Galeb jet fighter/trainers in Lusaka on October 24, 1971.

Furthermore, the acquisition of 16 Russian MiG-21MF single-seat fighters and 2 MiG-21UM two-seat trainers in the early 1980s marked a significant milestone for the ZAF.

A Modernizing Force: Today, the Zambia Air Force continues to evolve and strengthen its position as a regional power.

With a focus on strategic air operations, the ZAF has upgraded its existing fleets and introduced advanced platforms and weapon systems.

These advancements enable the Air Force to effectively address threats across the entire spectrum of conflict and project power within Zambia’s sphere of interest.

Crucial Missions and Support: The primary missions of the Zambia Air Force include defending the Zambian airspace against enemy threats and safeguarding the nation’s borders.

Additionally, the ZAF provides crucial air support to other government departments, including reconnaissance, trooping, and transport missions.

The Air Force plays a vital role in airlifting logistical supplies and personnel to remote and inaccessible areas, as well as providing emergency transport when needed.

Organizational Excellence: Efficiency and effectiveness are paramount in any military operation, and the Zambia Air Force understands this well.

Airmen within the ZAF are well-versed in the fundamentals of air force policy and strategy, allowing them to adapt and execute operations with flexibility and precision.

The Zambia Air Force’s commitment to accountability and good governance ensures that its operations align with the national security strategy and the expectations of the Zambian people.


The Zambia National Service (ZNS) and the Minister of Defence wishes the shortlisted candidates the best of luck in their training process and encourage those who did not make the shortlist to try again in the future. Recruitment in the defence force is an annual event as per government policy qualified candidates can apply in the coming year.

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