The Zambia National Service (ZNS) is one of the three (03) wings of the Defence Force of Zambia. The establishment has undergone remarkable transformation from the time it was founded in 1963, as a Land Army.

As a Land Army, ZNS was initially established to be a militant wing of the United National Independence Party (UNIP), one of the major political parties at the time agitating for Zambia’s Independence. It was largely meant to be used as a punch or gorilla military option in an event that independence negotiations on the round table collapsed.  However, the anticipated armed struggle never materialized as the United National Independence Party (UNIP) together with the African National Congress (ANC) managed to peacefully navigate the nation to independence on 24 October, 1964.

The key role of the Zambia National Service then and as it continues  participation in various military operations, alongside other defence force wings.


The change of in command in 2021 has come with a new vision that has since been unveiled to the Nation.
This new vision is anchored on four (04) areas that are referred to as the Four Pillars. The current command intends to build on previous service successes by running with  the four pillars as its strategic plan.

The vision is to give enhanced attention to  Training of Citizens, Infrastructure Development, Enhanced Contribution to National Food Security and Offering significant contribution to a revitalized National Economy.

The four pillars are meant to form a strong base on which the continued transformation of the Zambia National Service will be anchored going forward.

It may be worth noting that during his inaugural address to the first session of the 13thNational Assembly, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia and Commander-in-Chief of the defence force, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema belabored on a number of ideals which have synchronized with the four pillars ZNS  is tirelessly work on actualizing.

All service personnel are encouraged to be actors and implementers of Government and command vision and therefore cannot afford to lack in initiative and ingenuity to rise above any conceivable challenges and navigate units above the common productivity pitfalls.

Our Four Pillars

These pillars equally resonate well with the current new dawn government’s developmental thrust which positions ZNS as a strategic developmental force.