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SOUTH AFRICAN INFANTRY ASSOCIATION

SUID-AFRIKAANSE INFANTERIEVERENIGING

Welcome and thank you for visiting the official website of the South African Infantry Association (SAIA).

The affairs of the Association are managed by a National Executive Council, elected at the SAIA Members Annual General Meeting.

INFANTRY

Infantrymen are soldiers who are specifically trained for the role of fighting on foot to engage the enemy face to face and have historically borne the brunt of the casualties of combat in wars. As the oldest branch of combat arms, they are the backbone of armies. Infantry units have more physically demanding training than other branches of armies, and place a greater emphasis on discipline, fitness, physical strength and aggression. The Infantryman himself is the weapon system. Infantrymen are distinguished from soldiers trained to fight on horseback (cavalry), in tanks, or in technical roles such as armourers or signallers, but rudimentary infantry skills are fundamental to the training of every soldier, and soldiers of any branch of an army are expected to serve as auxiliary infantry (eg., patrolling and security) when necessary. Infantry can access and maneuver in terrain inaccessible to vehicles and tanks, and employ infantry support weapons that can provide firepower in the absence of artillery...

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