African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises

The African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) is a temporary multinational African interventionist standby force set up in November 2013. It will be replaced by the African Standby Force when it becomes fully operational.[1][2][3]

African Capacity for Immediate
Response to Crises
Active2013 – present
Country Algeria
 South Africa
AllegianceAfrican Union
Size5 battalions


  1. ^ Lyimo, Henry (7 November 2013). "Dar pledges troops to African 'force'". Daily News (Tanzania). Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  2. ^ "JK, Zuma, others want rapid response force". IPP Media. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Media Briefing: Consultative Summit for the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC)". Department of International Relations and Cooperation. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.

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African Standby Force

The African Standby Force (ASF) (French: Force africaine en attente) is an international, continental African, and multidisciplinary peacekeeping force with military, police and civilian contingents that acts under the direction of the African Union. The ASF is to be deployed in times of crisis in Africa. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, serves as the Force's Headquarters. Douala, Cameroon, was selected in 2011 as the site of the AU's Continental Logistics Base (LOGBASE).In 2003, a 2010 operational date for the force was set.

Lawrence Smith (South Africa)

Lawrence Reginald Smith, SM, MMM, SAStC, is a General Officer in the South African Army. General Smith completed the South African Army Command and Staff Duties Course at the South African Army College, Pretoria over the period January 1994 until November 1995. Smith graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1997 and the People's Liberation Army of China, National Defense College, Beijing, in 2008.

South African Army

The South African Army is the army of South Africa, first formed after the Union of South Africa was created in 1910. The South African military evolved within the tradition of frontier warfare fought by Boer Commando (militia) forces, reinforced by the Afrikaners' historical distrust of large standing armies. It then fought as part of the wider British effort in World War II, but afterwards was cut off from its long-standing Commonwealth ties with the ascension to power of the National Party in South Africa in 1948. The army was involved in a long and bitter counter-insurgency campaign in Namibia from 1966 to 1990. It also played a key role in controlling sectarian political violence inside South Africa during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The role of the Army was fundamentally changed by the upheavals of the early 1990s and after 1994 the Army became part of the new South African National Defence Force. It is now becoming increasingly involved in peacekeeping efforts in southern Africa, often as part of wider African Union operations. The Army is composed of roughly 40,100 regular uniformed personnel, augmented by 12,300 reserve force personnel. The rank/age structure of the army, which deteriorated desperately during the 1990s, is greatly improving through the Military Skills Development (MSDS) voluntary national service system. Through this system, young healthy members are being inducted into the regular and reserve forces every year.


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