Most of the officers of the SDF were British Army officers on secondment for a few years. The attraction was independence of command, sporting (game-hunting) opportunities in leisure hours and local promotion (1 rank). On the outbreak of war, many young men of the Sudan Political Service, the administrative service for the Condominium, were allowed to join up. These men included:
- Wilfred Thesiger, desert explorer
- Hilary Hook
- Maurice Stanley Lush, chief political officer
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