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Kenya Defence Forces Recruitment 2017

KDF Recruitment 2017: The Kenya Defence Forces KDF consist of: The Kenya Army;The Kenya Air Force; and The Kenya Navy and they have the mandate to protect the borders of our country Kenya.

KDF Recruitment Advertisement 

KDF Recruitment 2017

The Kenya Defence Forces is pleased to announce to the general public the recruitment of Servicemen/women, Constabularies & Tradesmen/women which is scheduled to take place from 15 May to 14 June 2017 at various centres countrywide. Prospective candidates willing to join Kenya Defence Forces must satisfy the set conditions and requirements.

KDF Recruitment 2017: Corruption

Bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law. All persons presenting themselves for recruitment purposes with fake/falsified documents or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be arrested and prosecuted. If you accept to be conned, you will lose your money or property and go to jail; it has happened to many citizens during last recruitments. Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; NO ONE can influence the recruitment process. Report any suspicious conmen to the nearest police station or a military camp. KDF recruitment is absolutely FREE TO ALL.

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Citizens are further notified that recruitment is ONLY conducted at the advertised recruitment centres countrywide during daytime before 1800 hrs (6pm) on weekdays only. Successful candidates will be issued with calling letters at the recruitment centres by the Recruiting Officers. Any person purporting to recruit or issue an alleged calling letter away from a recruitment centre is a con person.

KDF Recruitment 2017: Recruitment of Servicemen/Women & Constabularies

The KDF Recruiting Teams consisting of the Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force and Kenya Navy will be visiting the recruiting centres to recruit Servicemen/women and Defence Forces Constabularies on dates and venues indicated.

All potential candidates reporting to the recruitment centres should come from the sub counties/divisions of their respective counties or districts. They should also bring with them current original National Identity card and academic certificates/
testimonials. Photocopies/scanned ID cards and police abstracts will not be accepted.

Kenya Defence Forces Recruitment 2017: Conditions

KDF Recruitment 2017: Servicemen/Women

  1. Must be Kenyan citizens and should not have dual citizenship.
  2. Age: Between 18 and 26 years old.
  3. Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
  4. Have no criminal record.
  5. Minimum Height:
    1.  Men: 1.60 m (5ft 3in).
    2. Women: 1.52 m (5ft).
  6. Minimum Weight:
    1. Men: 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
    2. Women: 50.00 Kg (110 lb).
  7. Female candidates must NOT be pregnant at the time of recruitment and during the entire duration of training.
  8. Education: A minimum of mean grade D (plain) in KCSE for the general recruits.

KDF Recruitment 2017: Constabularies

  1. Be ex-Kenya Defence Forces Service Member
  2. Possess a Discharge Certificate of minimum “Very Good” in conduct.
  3. Must have served at least a 3 or 9 years’ colour service.
  4. Must be Kenyan citizens and should not have dual citizenship.
  5. Age – Below 52 years old.
  6. Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
  7. Have no criminal record.

KDF Recruitment 2017: Tradesmen/women

Prospective candidates willing to apply must satisfy the conditions and requirements given below.

  1. Must be Kenyan citizen and should not have dual citizenship.
  2. Age: Between 18 and 26 years old.
  3.  Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
  4. Have no criminal record.
  5. Minimum Height:
    1. Men: 1.60 m (5ft 3in).
    2. Women: 1.52 m (5ft).
  6. Minimum Weight:
    1. Men: 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
    2. Women: 50.00 Kg (110 lb).
  7. Female candidates must NOT be pregnant at recruitment and during training.
  8.  Education:
    1. Technicians: A minimum of mean grade C (Plain) in KCSE, a relevant Diploma or above from a recognized Institution and be registered with the relevant statutory bodies, where applicable.
    2. Artisans: A minimum of mean grade D+ (Plus) in KCSE and either a relevant certificate with Government Trade Test Grade II or Craft II from a recognized Institution.



KDF Recruitment 2017: Vacancies

  1. General Recruits.
  2. Constabularies.
  3. Tradesmen/women

(1) Diploma/Certificate

  1. Aeronautical Engineering (A&E and Avionics)
  2. Automation & Control
  3. Automotive Engineering & Motor Vehicle Mechanics
  4. Civil Engineering
  5. Community Health Nursing
  6. Community Oral Health
  7. Computer Science/Information Technology (Programming/ Networking)
  8. Counseling Psychology
  9. Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Automotive/Installation/Electronic Option)
  10. Health Records & Information Technology
  11. Instrumentation & Control
  12. Journalism (Video Editors, Graphic Design, Public Relation)
  13. Librarian
  14. Marine Engineering
  15. Mechanical Engineering (Plant/Production Option)
  16. Mechatronics Engineering (PLC)
  17. Medical Imaging Sciences
  18. Occupational Therapy
  19. Para Legal (Licensed Process Server)
  20. Physiotherapy
  21. Quality Control
  22. Soil Laboratory Sciences/Technology
  23. Surveying (Land/Quantity Survey, Photogrammetric/GIS)
  24. Telecommunication Engineering
  25. Water Engineering (Ground Water option)
  26. Welding, Fabrication & Metallurgy

(2) Artisans

  1. Carpentry & Joinery
  2. Masonry
  3. Music
  4. Plant Operation
  5. Plumbing & Fitting
  6. Vehicle Mechanic
  7. Vehicle Electrician

8. Clear photocopies of relevant academic certificates and national ID card of the prospective Tradesmen/women must accompany their applications and be addressed to the:

Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces
(Personnel and Logistics)
Ministry of Defence
Defence Headquarters
Ulinzi House
P.O. Box 40668
NAIROBI – 00100

The application to reach the addressee on or before 21st May 2017. Shortlisted Tradesmen/women will be notified through the print media between 6th and 11th June 2017.




KDF Recruitment 2017 Itinerary

KDF Recruitment Dates and Centres

RECRUITMENT DATE COUNTY SUB-COUNTY RECRUITMENT  CENTRE
15/05/2017 NYERI KIENI EAST CHAKA
LAIKIPIA NYAHURURU NYAHURURU
EMBU EMBU  EAST RUNYENJES
BOMET KONOIN MOGOGOSIEK
NANDI NANDI SOUTH (ALDAI) KABUJOI
SAMBURU SAMBURU NORTH BARAGOI
KERICHO LONDIANI LONDIANI
NAROK TRANSMARA EAST EMURUA DIKIRR
KISUMU KISUMU  EAST KIBOS
BUSIA BUNYALA BUDALANGI
WEST POKOT POKOT CENTRAL SIGOR
KWALE LUNGA LUNGA LUNGA LUNGA
LAMU LAMU  WEST AMU
LAMU LAMU  EAST FAZA
KIAMBU LIMURU LIMURU
TAITA/TAVETA TAVETA TAVETA
16/05/2017 NYERI KIENI WEST MWEIGA
LAIKIPIA LAIKIPIA WEST RUMURUTI
EMBU EMBU  WEST EMBU
BOMET BOMET CENTRAL BOMET
NANDI NANDI EAST NANDI HILLS
SAMBURU SAMBURU CENTRAL MARALAL
KERICHO KIPKELION KIPKELION
NAROK TRANSMARA WEST KILGORIS
KISUMU KISUMU  CENTRAL KISUMU
BUSIA SAMIA FUNYULA
WEST POKOT KIPKOMO CHEPARERIA
KWALE MSAMBWENI MSAMBWENI
GARISSA IJARA MASALANI
TANA RIVER TANA DELTA GARSEN
KIAMBU LARI LARI
TAITA/TAVETA TAITA WUNDANYI
17/05/2017 NYERI NYERI  CENTRAL NYERI
LAIKIPIA LAIKIPIA CENTRAL NGOBIT
EMBU EMBU  NORTH MANYATTA
BOMET BOMET EAST LONGISA
NANDI NANDI CENTRAL KAPSABET
SAMBURU SAMBURU EAST WAMBA
17/05/2017 KERICHO KERICHO EAST KERICHO
MIGORI KURIA  EAST KEGONGA
KISUMU KISUMU  WEST OJOLLA
BUSIA BUSIA BUSIA
WEST POKOT WEST POKOT KAPENGURIA
KWALE KWALE KWALE
GARISSA HULUGHO HULUGHO
GARISSA FAFI BURA
KIAMBU KIKUYU KIKUYU
TAITA/TAVETA MWATATE MWATATE
18/05/2017 NYERI TETU WAMAGANA
LAIKIPIA LAIKIPIA EAST NANYUKI
EMBU MBEERE NORTH SIAKAGO
BOMET CHEPALUNGU SIGOR
NANDI TINDERET MARABA
NYANDARUA NYANDARUA NORTH NDARAGWA
KERICHO BELGUT SOSIOT
MIGORI KURIA  WEST KEHANCHA
KISUMU SEME KOMBEWA
BUSIA NAMBALE NAMBALE
WEST POKOT POKOT SOUTH KABICHBICH
KWALE KINANGO KINANGO
TANA RIVER TANA RIVER HOLA
GARISSA BALAMBALA BALAMBALA
KIAMBU KABETE WANGIGE
TAITA/TAVETA VOI VOI
19/05/2017 NYERI NYERI  SOUTH OTHAYA
LAIKIPIA LAIKIPIA NORTH DOLDOL MKT
EMBU MBEERE SOUTH KIRITIRI
NAROK NAROK SOUTH OLOLULUNGA
NANDI NANDI NORTH KABIYET
NYANDARUA NYANDARUA WEST OL-JORO-OROK
KERICHO SOIN/SIGOWET CHEPKEMEL
MIGORI NYATIKE NYATIKE
SIAYA RARIEDA RARIEDA SEC  SCHOOL
BUSIA BUTULA BUTULA
WEST POKOT POKOT NORTH ALALE
MOMBASA LIKONI LIKONI
TANA RIVER TANA NORTH BURA
ISIOLO GARBATULLA GARBATULLA
KIAMBU GITHUNGURI GITHUNGURI
MAKUENI KIBWEZI KIBWEZI
22/05/2017 NYERI MATHIRA EAST KARATINA
MERU IGEMBE SOUTH MAUA
KITUI TSEIKURU TSEIKURU
NAROK NAROK WEST LEMEK
NANDI CHESUMEI CHEMUNDU
NYANDARUA NYANDARUA CENTRAL OL KALOU
KERICHO BURET LITEIN
MIGORI SUNA WEST BONDO NYIRONGE
SIAYA BONDO BONDO
BUSIA TESO NORTH AMAGORO
TRANS NZOIA TRANS NZOIA EAST KACHIBORA
KILIFI MAGARINI MARAFA
GARISSA GARISSA GARISSA
ISIOLO MERTI MERTI
KIAMBU KIAMBU  EAST KIAMBU
MAKUENI MAKINDU MAKINDU
23/05/2017 NYERI MATHIRA WEST KAIYABA
MERU IGEMBE NORTH MURUNGINE PRIMARY
KITUI MUMONI KATSE
NAROK NAROK NORTH NAROK
UASIN GISHU ELDORET SOUTH OUTSPAN
NYANDARUA KIPIPIRI MIHARATI
BOMET SOTIK SOTIK
MIGORI SUNA EAST MIGORI
SIAYA SIAYA SIAYA
BUSIA TESO SOUTH AMUKURA
TRANS NZOIA TRANS NZOIA WEST KITALE
KILIFI MALINDI MALINDI
GARISSA DADAAB DADAAB
WAJIR WAJIR SOUTH LEHELEY
KIAMBU KIAMBAA KARURI
MAKUENI NZAUI MATILIKU
24/05/2017 NYERI MUKURWE-INI MUKURWE-INI
MERU IGEMBE CENTRAL KANGETA
KITUI KYUSO KYUSO
NAROK NAROK EAST NAIREGEA ENKARE
NYANDARUA NYANDARUA SOUTH ENGINEER
NYAMIRA BORABU BORABU
MIGORI URIRI URIRI
SIAYA UGENYA UKWALA
KAKAMEGA MUMIAS  WEST MUMIAS
TRANS NZOIA KIMININI KIMININI
KILIFI GANZE GANZE
GARISSA LAGDERA MODOGASHE
WAJIR WAJIR WEST GRIFTU
KIAMBU GATUNDU SOUTH GATUNDU
MAKUENI KATHONZWENI KATHONZWENI
25/05/2017 KIRINYAGA KIRINYAGA EAST KIANYAGA
MERU TIGANIA EAST MURIRI
KITUI MWINGI CENTRAL MWINGI
KAJIADO KAJIADO  NORTH NGONG
ELGEYO/ MARAKWET MARAKWET EAST CHESOI
NYANDARUA KINANGOP NJAMBINI
NYAMIRA MASABA NORTH KEROKA
MIGORI AWENDO AWENDO
SIAYA UGUNJA UGUNJA
BUNGOMA BUMULA BUMULA
TRANS NZOIA KWANZA KWANZA
KILIFI KILIFI KILIFI
WAJIR HABASWEIN HABASWEIN
WAJIR TARBAJ TARBAJ
KIAMBU GATUNDU NORTH KAMWANGI
MAKUENI MAKUENI WOTE
26/05/2017 KIRINYAGA KIRINYAGA CENTRAL KERUGOYA
MERU TIGANIA WEST URRU
KITUI MWINGI EAST MATHUKI
KAJIADO ISINYA ISINYA
ELGEYO/ MARAKWET MARAKWET WEST KAPSOWAR
NYANDARUA MIRANGINI MIRANGINI
NYAMIRA NYAMIRA NORTH EKERENYO
MIGORI RONGO RONGO
SIAYA GEM YALA
KAKAMEGA MATUNGU MATUNGU
TRANS NZOIA ENDEBESS ENDEBESS
KILIFI KILIFI SOUTH KIKAMBALA
WAJIR WAJIR EAST WAJIR
WAJIR ELDAS ELDAS
KIAMBU RUIRU RUIRU
MAKUENI MBOONI EAST MUMBUNI
29/05/2017 KIRINYAGA KIRINYAGA WEST BARICHO
MERU IMENTI  NORTH MERU  TOWN
KITUI MIGWANI MIGWANI
KAJIADO KAJIADO CENTRAL KAJIADO
ELGEYO/ MARAKWET KEIYO  NORTH ITEN
NAKURU NAIVASHA NAIVASHA
NYAMIRA NYAMIRA SOUTH NYAMIRA
HOMA BAY NDHIWA NDHIWA
KAKAMEGA BUTERE BUTERE
BUNGOMA BUNGOMA SOUTH BUNGOMA
BUNGOMA MT. ELGON KAPSOKWONY
MOMBASA KISAUNI KISAUNI
MANDERA MANDERA WEST TAKABA
MANDERA LAFEY LAFEY
KIAMBU THIKA  EAST GATUANYAGA
MAKUENI MBOONI WEST KIKIMA
30/05/2017 KIRINYAGA MWEA EAST WANGURU
MERU MERU  CENTRAL KARIENI
KITUI MATINYANI MATINYANI
KAJIADO KAJIADO WEST KISAMIS
ELGEYO/ MARAKWET KEIYO  SOUTH CHEPKORIO
NAKURU GILGIL GILGIL
NYAMIRA MANGA MANGA
HOMA BAY SUBA MAKUNGA
KAKAMEGA MUMIAS  EAST SHIANDA
BUNGOMA BUNGOMA WEST SIRISIA
BUNGOMA CHEPTAIS CHEPTAIS
MOMBASA NYALI KONGOWEA
MANDERA MANDERA CENTRAL EL-WAK
MANDERA BANISA BANISA
KIAMBU THIKA  WEST THIKA
MAKUENI KILUNGU NUNGUNI
31/05/2017 KIRINYAGA MWEA WEST KANDONGU
MERU TIGANIA CENTRAL MIKINDURI PRIMARY
KITUI KITUI WEST KABATI
KAJIADO MASHURU MASHURU
BARINGO BARINGO CENTRAL KABARNET
NAKURU NAKURU NORTH BAHATI
KISII KISII CENTRAL KISII
HOMA BAY MBITA MBITA
KAKAMEGA KHWISERO KHWISERO
BUNGOMA BUNGOMA CENTRAL CHWELE
KAKAMEGA LUGARI LUMAKANDA
KILIFI RABAI RABAI
WAJIR BUNA BUNA
WAJIR WAJIR NORTH BUTE
KIAMBU JUJA JUJA
MAKUENI MUKAA YOANI
02/06/2017 MURANG’A MURANG’A MURANG’A
MERU BUURI TIMAU
KITUI KITUI CENTRAL KITUI
KAJIADO LOITOKITOK LOITOKTOK
BARINGO BARINGO NORTH KABARTONJO
NAKURU SUBUKIA SUBUKIA
KISII KITUTU  CENTRAL NYANCHWA
HOMA BAY HOMABAY HOMA BAY
VIHIGA EMUHAYA EMUHAYA
BUNGOMA BUNGOMA NORTH MUKUYUNI
KAKAMEGA LIKUYANI KONGONI
KILIFI KALOLENI KALOLENI
MANDERA MANDERA NORTH RHAMU
MARSABIT SOLOLO SOLOLO
MURANG’A GATANGA GATANGA
05/06/2017 MURANG’A KAHURO KAHURO
ISIOLO ISIOLO ISIOLO
KITUI KATULANI KATULANI
MACHAKOS ATHI  RIVER ATHI  RIVER
BARINGO EAST POKOT CHEMOLINGOT
NAKURU NAKURU NAKURU
KISII MASABA SOUTH MASIMBA
HOMA BAY RANGWE RANGWE
VIHIGA LUANDA LUANDA
BUNGOMA KIMILILI KIMILILI
KAKAMEGA MATETE MATETE
MOMBASA CHANGAMWE CHANGAMWE
MANDERA MANDERA EAST MANDERA
MARSABIT CHALBI MAIKONA
NAIROBI CITY NAIROBI  SUB-COUNTIES NYAYO STADIUM
06/06/2017 MURANG’A KANGEMA KANGEMA
MERU IMENTI  SOUTH NKUBU
KITUI LOWER YATTA KIUSYANI
MACHAKOS MACHAKOS MACHAKOS
BARINGO MARIGAT MARIGAT
NAKURU NJORO NJORO
KISII MARANI MARANI
HOMA BAY RACHUONYO NORTH KENDU BAY
VIHIGA SABATIA SABATIA
BUNGOMA WEBUYE WEST CHEBOS HIGH SCH
UASIN GISHU ELDORET WEST PAUL BOIT  HIGH SCH
MOMBASA JOMVU MIKINDANI
MARSABIT MOYALE MOYALE
MARSABIT LAISAMIS LAISAMIS
07/06/2017 MURANG’A MATHIOYA KIRIA-INI
THARAKA-NITHI THARAKA NORTH GATUNGA
KITUI IKUTHA IKUTHA
MACHAKOS KATHIANI KATHIANI
BARINGO KOIBATEK ELDAMA RAVINE
NAKURU MOLO MOLO
KISII SAMETA ITUMBE
HOMA BAY RACHUONYO SOUTH KOSELE
VIHIGA VIHIGA MBALE
BUNGOMA BUNGOMA EAST WEBUYE
UASIN GISHU MOIBEN MOIBEN
MOMBASA MOMBASA MOMBASA
MARSABIT MARSABIT MARSABIT
TURKANA TURKANA SOUTH LOKICHAR
08/06/2017 MURANG’A MURANG’A SOUTH MURANG’A TTC
THARAKA-NITHI THARAKA SOUTH MARIMANTI
KITUI MUTOMO MUTOMO
MACHAKOS KANGUNDO KANGUNDO
BARINGO MOGOTIO MOGOTIO
NAKURU NAKURU WEST KAPKURES
KISII GUCHA OGEMBO
HOMA BAY RACHUONYO EAST KADONGO
VIHIGA HAMISI HAMISI
KAKAMEGA KAKAMEGA NORTH MALAVA
UASIN GISHU SOY 64 STADIUM
MARSABIT NORTH HORR MARSABIT TOWN
TURKANA TURKANA EAST LOKORI
09/06/2017 MURANG’A KANDARA KANDARA
THARAKA-NITHI MAARA CHOGORIA
KITUI MUTITU ZOMBE
MACHAKOS MATUNGULU MATUNGULU
NAKURU RONGAI KAMPI  YA MOTO
NAKURU KURESOI NORTH SIRIKWA
KISII NYAMACHE NYAMACHE
KISUMU NYAKACH PAP ONDIT
KAKAMEGA KAKAMEGA SOUTH MALINYA
UASIN GISHU KESSES KESSES
MARSABIT LOYANGALANI MARSABIT TOWN
TURKANA TURKANA NORTH LOKITAUNG
12/06/2017 MURANG’A KIGUMO KIGUMO
THARAKA-NITHI MERU  SOUTH CHUKA
KITUI NZAMBANI CHULUNI
MACHAKOS MWALA MWALA
NAKURU KURESOI KERINGET
KISII KENYENYA KENYENYA
KISUMU NYANDO AWASI
KAKAMEGA KAKAMEGA CENTRAL KAKAMEGA
UASIN GISHU ELDORET EAST NAIBERI
TURKANA TURKANA WEST KAKUMA
TURKANA KIBISH KIBISH
13/06/2017 KITUI KISASI KISASI
MACHAKOS MASINGA MASINGA
KISII KISII SOUTH KERINA
KISUMU MUHORONI CHEMELIL
KAKAMEGA NAVAKHOLO NAVAKHOLO
TURKANA TURKANA CENTRAL LODWAR
TURKANA LOIMA LORUGUM
14/06/2017 MACHAKOS YATTA KITHIMANI
KISII GUCHA SOUTH NYAMARAMBE
KAKAMEGA KAKAMEGA EAST SHINYALU



—End of KDF Recruitment Advertisement  —

KDF Recruitment 2017 – Video

KDF Recruitment 2017: KDF to commence month-long recruitment

Updated: 15.8.2017

The nationwide recruitment of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) personnel is set to start on Monday and will run for a month with those targeted including servicemen, constabularies, and tradesmen.

According to the schedule, the exercise will begin in Nyeri, Laikipia, Bomet, Samburu, Narok, West Pokot, Kwale, Lamu, Kiambu and Taita Taveta Counties.

For one to be recruited as a technician, he or she must have a minimum of mean grade C (plain) in KCSE, a relevant diploma while a Catechist must have a minimum of C (minus) in KCSE, a diploma in Catechetical studies from a recognised catechetical institute and should not be beyond 35 years of age.

“All potential candidates reporting to the recruitment centres should come from the sub counties/divisions of their respective counties or districts,” KDF stated in an advert.

“They should also bring with them current original National Identity card and academic certificates/testimonials. Photocopies/scanned ID cards and police abstracts will not be accepted.”

KDF pointed out that artisans should have a minimum of mean grade D plus in KCSE and either a relevant certificate with Government Trade Test Grade II or Craft II from a recognised institution.

It further stated that bribery and other acts of corruption will not be tolerated.

“All persons presenting themselves for recruitment purposes with fake/falsified documents or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be arrested and prosecuted,” it cautioned.

It warned the public not to allow themselves to be conned since they will lose their money or property and go to jail.

“It has happened to many citizens during last recruitments. Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; no can influence the recruitment process. Report any suspicious conmen to the nearest police station or a military camp. KDF recruitment is absolutely free to all.”

It also stated that recruitment is only conducted at the advertised recruitment centres countrywide during daytime before 6pm on weekdays only.

“Successful candidates will be issued with calling letters at the recruitment centres by the Recruiting Officers. Any person purporting to recruit or issue an alleged calling letter away from a recruitment centre is a con person.”

—End of Update—

Role of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) according to the Constitution:

Category: KDF Recruitment 2017 Dates

  1. Are responsible for the defence and protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic;
  2. Shall assist and cooperate with other authorities in situations of emergency or disaster, and report to the National Assembly Whenever deployed in such circumstances; and
  3. May be deployed to restore peace in any part of Kenya affected by unrest or instability only with the approval of the National Assembly.

It is a constitutional requirement that the composition of the command of the Defence Forces reflects the regional and ethnic diversity of the people of Kenya. The supreme organ overseeing all matters pertaining to the Defence Forces is the Defence Council, which is also a constitutionally established body.

Kenya Defence Forces role prior to the promulgation of the new Constitution was two fold — the primary role was to defend the sovereignty of the Republic and the secondary one was to assist the civil authority when called upon.

The process of calling upon the Defence Forces entails a decision that the breach in law and order is such that the police services can no longer contain it.

In the case of general breaches, the  President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya may directly invoke the Preservation of Public Security Act Cap 57.

For large but isolated breaches, the Minister for Provincial Administration and Internal Security may invite the Defence Forces, through an order issued under the Preservation of Public Security Act Cap 57; Subsidiary

Regulations, Public Security (Armed Forces) Order section 2(1) and confer them the full powers, protection and privileges of police officers in the designated area.

After calling upon, the Defence Forces employ the appropriate means (minimum necessary forces), to bring the situation back to a condition where police can once again operate effectively.

The invite is formalised by a gazette notice that is issued after but not more than 21 days; or prior to the employment. Calling upon requires Parliamentary sanction. Therefore both the President and the Minister may seek parliamentary authorisation post facto before twenty one days expire, or abinitio.

Kenyans have cried on the Defence Forces when they become victims of external aggression; such as the Todenyang in Turkana and the Migingo Island (Nyanza) cases.

The new Constitution has now defined the roles of the Kenya Defence to be the defence and protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic, assist and cooperate with other authorities in situations of emergency or disaster, and the restoration of peace in any part of Kenya affected by unrest or instability, when approved to do so by the National Assembly.

The forces so committed shall perform these roles under the supervision and control of the Defence Council but being directly answerable to the National Assembly. This subordinates the Defence Forces to civil authority, or put more clearly, the people of Kenya.

Women In the Kenya Defence Forces

Category: KDF Recruitment 2017 Dates

The Constitution also requires all public institutions to observe a gender ratio of not more than two thirds of one gender in any recruitment exercise. Up to 2000, the Kenya Defence Forces had a battalion known as the Women’s Service Corps. The Corps was formed in 1971 with a pioneering staff of six officers and 155 service women. The Corps was formed to:

  • Support fighting units during war—time by providing personnel for military installations where women were assigned roles such secretarial, clerical, logistics, medical and communication.
  • Perform administrative roles during peace time.
  • Provide employment opportunities to women in a male dominated field.

In disbanding this Corps in 2000, the KDF seemed to anticipate the constitutional requirement of including all citizens rather than viewing them as interest groups. Previously, it was a policy requirement that women could not be assigned roles in the fighting units and could only offer back-up and support services.

But with massive strides in the technological evolution of warfare and leaps made in an education system that offered equal opportunities to men and women, this policy slowly became redundant. Women were as good as men in operating the new systems that were becoming part of the KDF inventory. They are now recruited and assigned roles into all the Limits of the Defence Forces, just as are the men.

The last Commanding Officer of the Women’s Service Corps was Lt—Col Martha Waithaka, a nurse by profession.

Arising from the national values and principles set out in the new Constitution, Kenya has set out a foreign policy containing a clear set of objectives that she has defined and endeavours to achieve to ensure maximum protection and promotion of the national interest. Security and defence policy is an integral part ofthis foreign policy.

National interests in general may be summarised as follows:

  1. Acceptable degree of independence.
  2. Integrity of national territory.
  3. Traditional life style.
  4. Fundamental institutions.
  5. Value and honour.

Survival of the state in peace and freedom within the national territory is the supreme interest and the primary objective of foreign policy is to ensure this survival. Thus, foreign policy objectives include:

  1. Preservation of Kenya’s freedom, her political identity and the institutions that form the foundation of freedom and political identity.
  2. Protection of Kenya’s territory, her citizens and its vital interests from armed attack.
  3. Fostering a regional and international order supportive of the national interests through cooperation relationships.
  4. Protection of Kenya’s markets to maintain national productive capacity and the nation’s economic well being.

The primary objective of Kenya’s security and defence policy is the maintenance of peace by:

  1. Ruling out the threat or use force as a means of settling disputes between states.
  2. Promoting cooperation between states.
  3. Achieving a stable balance of forces at the lowest possible level to ensure security.

Kenya’s defence policy is determined by the country’s national interest as defined by the Constitution. It is articulated by its people and shaped by the country’s political leadership. The policy guarantees the nation’s independence and national dignity.

The policy fosters economic interests and activities. It is designed to guard the national political boundaries against both internal and external armed aggression.

Importantly the defence policy encompasses the historical, political, social and economic interests that the nation harbours.

The Defence Forces, therefore, could be used to influence threat as is perceived across the borders or otherwise. Consequently, the forces are configured to counter aggression, or better still, to deter potential adversaries from launching any attack by ensuring the outcome is acceptable. Modernising and updating of the forces to cater for contingencies is essential and an ongoing programme across all services.

Kenya Defence Forces Operation Linda Nchi

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It is against this background that the Kenya Defence Forces launched an incursion into Somalia in October, 2011. The campaign, code-named Operation Linda Nchi, had as its primary objective the a annihilation of the grave threat posed to

Kenya’s territorial  integrity and particularly its tourist industry by the Somali Islamist militia known as Al Shabaab.

It was the first armed campaign that Kenya had launched outside its borders since independence in 1963.

In keeping with the principles, values and objectives laid out in the constitution, the Kenya Defence Forces transformed the mission from one of purely national self- defence to one of a multi-national security campaign by bringing in the African Union and giving Amisom, the AU’s militaryarm, the lead role in prosecuting the

Kenya Defence Forces Posture

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Kenya’s defence forces policy is derived from the need to defend itself against any external aggression. However, it is now recognised that the threat to a country’s stability can also be internal.

The mission of a nation’s security and defence organisation is to ensure security by effectively implementing the nation’s policies on security and defence.

Military power is the surest means of protecting the national interest, for justice without force is impotent. Economic and political power are imperiled without the military power to back them up and a well heeled military organisation is a source of pride, prestige and respect for the nation.

The security and defence forces of a nation are the final guarantee for the nation’s territorial integrity and other interests. The forces are designed and structured with two principal objectives in mind:

  • Ensure national security by deterring war and other forms of violent conflict involving the nation.
  • Should deterrence fail, resolve the conflict on terms most favorable to the nation.

Security and defence policy dictates that the forces should be held in operational readiness and their organisation, equipment and procedures for exercising command and control should be tailored towards meeting the role and missions of the forces in peacetime, national emergency or crisis and in war.

The forces should be organized and deployed to defend national territory and other interests. However, an offensive capability is an essential component of an effective defence posture, and the force should therefore be capable of projecting power on to the territory of an adversary.

This is precisely what happened in the case of the Al Shabaab threat. After determining that containing the threat was not enough, the forces rolled across the border but only in accordance with the strict terms setforth by the Constitution which dictate parliamentary approval of the action.

Importantly, the campaign had all three components in balance -land, air and sea as dictated by the defence policy.

The Kenya Defence Forces Act

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An Act of Parliament to provide for the functions, organization, administration and discipline of the Kenya Army, the Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy and their reserves; to make provision in relation to seconded and attached personnel and visiting forces; and for purposes connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Download full version: Kenya Defence Forces act 2012

KDF structure

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The present structure of the Defence Forces is provided for by the Constitution, which places the Head of Stateas the Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, namely the Kenya Army, the Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy.

The Kenya Defence Forces contribute to the overall capability on land, in the air and at sea. Each service consists of three basic  elements of a headquarters organisation, support and field forces.

Kenya Defence Forces Ranks and Command

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The Defence Forces Headquarters functions as the technical department for national defence within the policy guidelines laid down by Parliament and the Cabinet in accordance with the Constitution. It is the supreme administrative authority for the civilian and military departments.

The political authority over the Defence Headquarters is vested in the Minister of State in charge of Defence. The Constitution refers to him as the Cabinet Secretary responsible for Defence. All directives and instructions are issued on his behalf, thereby extending political control over the defence forces in their day to day functions.

The Secretary organises his responsibilities over the Defence Headquarters through the Defence Council, Whose members are:

  1. The Secretary as the chairperson.
  2. The Chief of the Defence Forces.
  3. The three commanders of the Defence Forces
  4. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence.

The duties and responsibilities of the Defence Council are overall policy, control and super-vision of the Defence Forces; and performance of any other functions prescribed by national legislation.

Military command and control of the Defence Forces is vested in the Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF). He is the highest representative of the Defence Forces and the Chief Military Adviser to the Government. He is responsible to the Cabinet Secretary responsible for Defence, or, if need be, to the Commander-in-Chief for:

  1. Development and implementation of overall concept of military defence;
  2. Education and training of the defence forces;
  3. Military planning; and
  4. Day to day administration of the Defence Forces.

Command and control of the Army, the Air force and the Navy are exercised by the Service Commanders who are appointed by the C0mmander-in-Chief.

The Service Commanders are responsible to the CDF for operational readiness of the individual services and the development and implementation of an overall concept of military defence.

Kenya Defence Forces Councils members are:

  1. The Cabinet Secretary responsible for defence, who is the chairperson;
  2. The Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces;
  3. The three commanders of the defence forces; and
  4. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry responsible for Defence.

The Ministry of State for Defence is part of the Office of the President.

The President, as Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, appoints senior military officers such as the Chief of the Defence Forces, the nati0ns top soldier, and service commanders. The Minister of State for Defence, as Cabinet Secretary presides over the Defence Council.

In military doctrine, the primary role of defending the country against external aggression includes deterring potential enemies from breaching the nations sovereignty, thus averting the necessity of going to war. In the 50 years of Kenyas independence, Kenyas military has crossed another countrys borders in anger only once and that was in 2011 when Operation Linda Nchi was launched to pursue the rag tag Somali militia, Al Shabaab.

Fighting under the auspices of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), KDF Went all the Way to rout the militia in its stronghold in the port city of Kismayu.

Kenya Defence Forces mark their Day every year on October 14. On October 14, 2012, General Julius Karangi unveiled a monument to soldiers killed in the Somalia campaign. He told his fellow military officers:

We are, as it should be, servants of our people because they trust us with their lives. Before their lives are threatened, we shall have put our lives on the line first. This is the true and sacred hallmark of a professional soldier ready at all times to pay the ultimate price for survival of the country.

At some point in our lives, we all abandon this earthly journey When death comes knocking. But to a soldier, death in defence of motherland is the ultimate honour. This is what sets us apart from other citizens. Above all, we are because the people of Kenya are.

Five KDF soldiers died and 11 were injured during the storming of the Westgate Mall in the operation to rescue civilians held hostage by terrorists. It was not the first time that KDF had had to confront the evil handiwork of terrorists; in 1998, the military was involved in a large scale rescue effort following the bomb blasts at the US Embassy in Nairobi.

As an institution, the KDF has come a long way since the long years of invisibility during which the country witnessed spectacular incidents of armed threat to civilian life Migingo, Todenyang, Al Shabaab drove Kenyans into questioning their exact role in so far as security provision was concerned.

Things are dramatically different today. With Operation Linda Nchi and the assault on the Westgate Mall, KDF is now a visible and constant presence in the discourse of public life in Kenya.

Since Independence, seven African chiefs have led KDF. They are Generals Joseph Ndolo, Jackson Mulinge, Mahmoud Mohammed, Daudi Tonje, Joseph Kibwana, Jeremiah Kianga and Julius Karangi. Of these, two easily stand out Tonje and Karangi.

Gen Karangi, known as The Hammer in his Air Force service, has expunged the wimp image of the Defence Forces by orchestrating Operation Linda Nchi.

But it was the scholarly British educated Tonje who revamped the military with far reaching reforms that changed everything from its posture vis a vis its perceived enemies, education requirements for its personnel, procurement regulations to term limits. All these and others were done in four years. Tonje was known for his love of books and strong moral backbone.

In an address to graduands at the Defence Staff College, he congratulated the happy students with this advice: Only results count and remember the World doesnt owe you a living. Nor can you rely on connections, subterfuge or guile. These may work for a While but not in the long run. Be Warned: success will only come to those who have the convictions of their beliefs, are morally upright, straightforward in their dealings, honest, diligent, courageous and above all loyal to their unit, their service, the government and the country.

He commanded KDF at a time when Kenya was actively involved in peacekeeping operations around the world and he became an expert in that field. His views on this subject reveal an incisive and highly analytical mind. He wrote in one paper: Since the 1990s, internal Wars in Africa are brutal in nature and are driven mostly by political ambitions or greed, preying on ethnic or religious differences, often sustained by external economic interests and fed by a hyperactive and in large part illicit global arms market. Additional contributors to these intra state conflicts are the end of the Cold War, economic crisis in the affected countries, decay in physical infrastructure, institutional collapse, political opportunists, easy access to arms, multiple armies or bandits and humanitarian emergencies.

In the 1990s  Tonje Was Chief between 1996 and 2000. KDF was engaged in peacekeeping and support operations in Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Southern Sudan, DRC, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Croatia and East Timor.

It contributed troops and military observers to UN and AU sponsored missions totaling over 10,000 soldiers, observers and staff officers Worldwide. The most internationally prominent peacekeeper KDF has ever produced was Gen Daniel Opande, who was the Force Commander of the United Nations Mission to Sierra Leone, amongst other high profile engagements.

Since independence, the Government has often called upon KDF to help in disasters such floods, collapsed buildings, terrorist attacks, fires and to supplement civilian efforts in the provision of services such as water and medical care.

KDF has also been deployed in the construction of many public Works, including bridges and schools. Its Engineers Battalion has sunk boreholes in arid lands in Eastern and Northern Kenya.

Kenyas military is also a significant player in higher education for soldiers and other Government employees both for Kenyan citizens and friendly African nations. Its National Defence College, launched in 1997, provides participants with the opportunity to study, analyses and orchestrate national security issues relating to domestic, foreign, economic and defence policies.

The college is administered by an officer of the rank of Lt General as the Commandant and is divided into two divisions Faculty and Administration. Four Directing Staff, all of the rank of Major General and coming from the Army, Air Force and Navy, assist the Commandant.

The Kenya Defence Forces have provided stable careers for hundreds of thousands of Kenyans.

Some have risen to the highest ranks while others have left to become professionals in civilian life. A small but significant number have joined politics and become Members of Parliament, with a few serving as Cabinet ministers.

Kenyas military has also produced some of the Worlds best-known athletes. Famed distance runners such marathoners Paul Tergat and World champion distance runners such as Henry Rono and John Ngugi began their careers in the Kenya Defence Forces.

Generally, standard military employment in support of the civil power includes assisting the police in dealing with riots and other civil disturbances, guarding key points, helping to maintain essential supplies and services and to bring relief during natural disasters. The military in this role operates under the domestic law of Kenya, together with accepted international law provisions relating to the protection of basic human rights. The military is expected to observe existing law on use of force, powers of arrest and search as well as liability for Wrongful acts; No employment of the armed forces, either in international or non—international armed conflict, may be executed Without due regulation of the law.

As in all democracies, the Kenya Defence Forces are a tool of the civil power. The President, with the constitutional designation of Commander-in-Chief, is empowered to retain responsibility for organisation and command of the military. The President and the Defence Council control all attachments and employment in the military or cooperation with other forces locally and abroad. In addition, Parliament retains supervisory power over the defence forces in funding. All military expenditure requires parliamentary authority through the annual financial approvals. Scrutiny of this expenditure is ensured through the annual report of the Controller and Auditor-General.

The lines, limits and controls over the Kenyan Defence Forces by the civil power are clear and represent the constitutional intention to control military intervention through the democratic processes of the country.

Kenyas military reflects the rich cultural mix of the nation with virtually all ethnic groups represented in it. The Kenya Defence Forces traces its origins to the 19th century era of the Kings African Rifles The last quarter of this period was characterized by the active involvement of the British Government in the enforcement of the abolition of the slave trade in the East African region. Their main ally in this campaign was the Sultan of Zanzibar.

However, the Sultan was under great pressure from a variety of interest groups not to end the trade, it being a major source of income.

At the same time, other European countries were actively developing their spheres of influence in Africa. To deal with these challenges, the British Government established the Imperial British East Africa Company to safeguard its interests. As these interests expanded, the need arose to create a strong force that could both project power and expand influence. It is out of this private force that the first indigenous land forces, the precursor of the present Kenya Defence Forces, can be traced.

Kenya Defence Forces Equipment

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Kenya Defence Forces has a budget of around $800 million, with major suppliers of its being the Unite States. According to global Firepower, Kenya military have modern equipment. With 591 Armored Fighting Vehicles, 25 Towed-Artillery, Self-Propelled Guns,186 tanks, 78 helicopters, 148 aircrafts, and 12 rocket projectors besides other naval submarines, frigates, patrol crafts, destroyers and corvettes.

Kenya Defence Forces Training

Kenya Defence Forces Training - Kenya Defence Forces recruits undertaking Assault course training at the Recruits Training School, Eldoret.

Kenya Defence Forces Training Kenya Defence Forces recruits undertaking Assault course training at the Recruits Training School, Eldoret.

Milestone of the Kenya Defence Forces

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These are the major milestones of the Kenya Defence Forces since independence.

KDF 1953

  1. The Kenya National Assembly passes the Armed Forces Act to establish the newly independent nations military.
  2.  Kenya Army forces are moved to Northern Kenya to contain an insurrection by separatists seeking to secede from Kenya.
  3. The newly—independent Kenya Government is legally empowered to assign names to Army units as it deems necessary. 5 Kings African Rifles and 3 Kings African Rifles are renamed 5 Kenya Rifles and 3 Kenya Rifles accordingly.
  4. School of Ordinance is established to take over from the Royal Army Ordinance Corps (RAOC).

KDF  1964

  1. The Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy are established by Acts of Parliament.
  2. The first batch of 10 Kenyan naval officers are sent to Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC Dartmouth) for training
  3. Mutiny and disbandment of11KR Formation of 1KR under Lt Col Anderson (the Commanding Officer 3KR). Handing over of 3KR to Lt Col Mulinge, who becomes the first African commanding officer.
  4. 1KR is given its first colours.
  5. First of 40 officers and men sent to United Kingdom for parachute basic training. Kenya Army Electrical Mechanical Engineering is established.
  6. Disbandment of Animal transport.
  7. Establishment of Kahawa as a Garrison under Lt Col Nzioka.
  8. Kenya Army Pool of Instructors name changed to Kenya Army Education Corps. First Military Police selected to join Corps of Military Police.

KDF  1965

  1. First independent Parachute Company formed in Gilgil. Formation of Engineer Squadron at Gilgil.
  2. First Kenyan naval graduates return from the UK to assume their duties. They are S. Suero, J.C.J. Kimaro, J.R.E. Kibwana, N. Gatonye, E. S Mbilu, TG Mula, Buni Rua, R. Musau and B.O.C. Onyango.

KDF  1966

  1. Birth of Kenya Armed Forces Comrades Association (KAFOCA) to include Kenya Air Force and Kenya Navy.
  2. The first Artillery Battery is formed and first firing is done on Menengai Crater.

KDF  1967

  1. Kenya Army Recce troop (of Armour) is formed with three newly acquired Saladin cars.

KDF  1958

  1. First Parachute basic course is run in Kenya.
  2. Formation of 7 KR at Gilgil Barracks. K — Formation of Transport Battalion.

KDF  1969

  1. Armed Forces Constabulary formed through an Act of Parliament. — Mzee Jomo Kenyatta visits 7 Kenya Rifles for the first time.

KDF  1970

  1. 7 Kenya Rifles is presented with both presidential and unit colours.
  2. Lt Col J.C.J. Kimaro becomes the first Kenyan officer to take command of a naval ship when he joins
  3. KNS Simba.
  4. Expansion of Engineers squadron to a Battalion and relocated to Nanyuki under Lt Col T Ndunda.

KDF  1971

  1. Group Captain J. Edwards, the last British officer to command the Kenya Air Force, takes command at Eastleigh.
  2. Formation of company of Transport Battalion-with M / Benz trucks from Germany. The first military legal officer, Mr. E.N. Njatha is commissioned.
  3. First AML 245 model is received from France and forms the first squadron of the present 76 ARB.

KDF  1972

  1. Lt Col J.C.J. Kimaro appointed first indigenous commander of the Kenya Navy.
  2. Establishment of 42 Field Workshop in Kahawa Garrison.

KDF  1973

  1. Col D.N. Gichuru appointed the first indigenous commander of the Kenya Air Force. 7 Kenya Rifles moves to Langata Barracks.

KDF  1974

  1. 7 Kenya Rifles troops it colour for the first time.

KDF  1975

  1. Formation of 75 Artillery Battalion.

1976

  1. Formation of 76 Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (76 ARB)

KDF  1977

  1. Eastern Command activated at Nanyuki under Col Ayub during the Ogaden War.
  2. 2 Battery Defence) integrated into the Kenya Air Force and forms part of the defunct Ground Air Defence Unit (GADU)
  3. Formation of 78 Tank Regiment.

KDF  1979

  1. 4 Brigade Headquarters established.
  2. Formation of 77 Artillery Battalion. The idea of its formation was mooted in 1977. 50 Air Calvary Battalion is formed.
  3. Establishment of Armored brigade headquarters.
  4. Establishment of School of Armour within Armored Brigade in Nakuru.
  5. Formation of 9 Kenya Rifles with Lt Col Opande as its first commanding officer. School of Signal assumes its current name.

KDF  1981

  1. Formation of 81 Tank Battalion Establishment of Embakasi Garrison under Brig Kipsaita. Ground Air Defence Unit (GADU) changed to 75 Artillery Battalion under Artillery Brigade and remains at Embakasi.

KDF  1982

  1. A coup attempt by non-commissioned officers of the Kenya Air Force is crushed by the Kenya Army. The Air Force is renamed 82 Air Force. KAF Eastleigh renamed Moi Air Base and KAF Nanyuki renamed Laikipia Air Base. Air Force Commander Maj. Gen PM Kariuki is relieved of command, tried and jailed for four years for failing to suppress the mutiny.

KDF  1983

  1. Establishment of Parachute Battalion under Major Rob (late Brig Rob). Unit later renamed 20 Parachute Battalion.

KDF  1985

  1. Establishment of Joint Helicopter Training School.

KDF  1986

  1. 42 Field Workshop is relocated to Nanyuki.
  2. Establishment of Central Overhaul Workshop (COW) forcing the relocation.

KDF  1988

  1. Electrical and Mechanical Engineer headquarters moves to current location of Kenya Army Corps of  Signal.

KDF  1989

  1. Establishment of 15 Kenya Rifles. 1990
  2. 20 Parachute Battalion presented with colours under Lt Col Chuma.

KDF  1995

  1. Transport Corps status is granted.
  2. Joint Helicopter Training School renamed Helicopter Training School.
  3. Kenya Army Corps of Signal is established with a view of superintending over all Army communication systems.

KDF  1995

  1. Electrical and Mechanical Engineers headquarters moves to current location.
  2. Introduction of Kenya Armed Forces Medical Scheme (AFMTS) whose greatest membership is drawn from the Kenya Army.
  3. Establishment of Western and Eastern Commands.

KDF  1999

  1. Somalia militia infiltrates Kenya at AMUMA in North Eastern Kenya and are successfully countered by the Kenya Army forces.

KDF  2001

  1. Dissolution of the merger between ALCOM and Kenya Army Corps of Transport. Relaunch of Kenya Army Corps of Transport.

KDF  2002

  1. 7 Kenya Rifles hosts the outgoing Commander-in-Chief. The Army plays a key role in transition of  leadership of the country.

KDF  2005

  1. International Mine Action Training Centre (IMATC) is established at Embakasi.

KDF  2011

  1. Kenya Defence Forces enter Somalia in Operation Linda Nchi to pursue the Islamist militia Al Shabaab.

KDF  2012

  1. Victory is declared with the capture of the militias stronghold city of Kismayu.

Chief of Defence Forces Kenya

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Chiefs of Kenyas Defence Forces the top soldier in the Kenya Defence Forces is the Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF). He is the only officer who holds the rank of four-star General. The first officer to hold the post, still then known as Chief of Defence Forces, was Maj Gen J .M.L. Ndolo Who left office after being implicated in a coup against the Government of President Jomo Kenyatta in 1971.

Maj Gen J.K. Mulinge, who later became the first officer to assume the rank of a full general, succeeded him. The most reform-minded Chief of General Staff, as the title later became, in the countrys history was General D.R.C. Tonje who instituted wide ranging changes in the defence forces, including splitting the army into two Commands Western and Eastern imposing clear retirement and succession rules and vastly expanding the Kenya defence forces training programme. He also strengthened the Kenya Armed Forces Comrades Association, the militarys retirement organisation.

Other officers to hold the rank of General and head the Defence Forces have been Mahmoud Mohammed, J.R.E. Kibwana, J .Kianga, Julius Waweru Karangi and the current one, Samson Mwathathe. It is under Karangi that Kenyas Defence Forces invaded another country for the first time in the nations history.

Of the three services, only an officer of the rank of Lt Gen commands the Army, which is next in line to that of a full general. Major Generals command the Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy. Traditionally, two other officers also carry the rank of Lt General in the nations defence structure. These are the Vice Chief of General Staff and the Commandant of the National Defence College, the militarys top higher education institution.

The Kenya Armys last British Commander, Brig A. J. Hardy, handed over command to Brig Ndolo in 1966. Since then, the following officers have commanded the Army:

  1. Maj Gen Jackson Mulinge (later to become CGS) 1969-1978
  2. Maj Gen ].K. Nzioka 1978-1979
  3. Lt Gen J.M. Sawe 1979- 1981, 1981-1986
  4. Maj Gen Mahmoud Mohammed (later to become CGS) 1981
  5. Lt Gen James Lenges 1986-1993
  6. Lt Gen Daudi Tonje (later to become CGS) 1993-94
  7. Lt Gen Augustine arap Cheruiyot 1994-1998
  8. Lt Gen A.A. Adan 1998-2000
  9. Lt Gen Lazarus Sumbeiywo 2000-2003
  10. Lt Gen Jeremiah Kianga (later to become CGS) 2003-2005
  11.  Lt Gen Augustine Njoroge 2005-2008
  12. Lt Gen Jackson Tuwei 2008-2010
  13. Lt Gen Joseph Kasaon 2010 — to date.

The first indigenous Kenya Air Force commander was Col D.N. Gichuru who, in fact, did two tours of duty as commander. He was first appointed to the post in 1973 and served up to 1980. Since then, the roll of Air Force Commanders has been as follows;

  1. Maj Gen Peter Kariuki 1980-1982
  2. Lt Gen Mahmoud Mohammed 19824986
  3. Maj Gen Dedan Gichuru 1986-1989
  4. Maj. Gen D.K. Wachira 1988-1994
  5. Maj Gen Nick Leshan 1994-2000
  6. Maj Gen Simon Mutai 2000-2003
  7. Maj Gen Julius Karangl 2003-2005 (later to become CDF)
  8. Maj Gen Harold Tangai 2005-2010
  9. Maj Gen Joff Otieno 2010 to date

The Kenya Navy was first commanded by an indigenous Kenyan in 1972 When Lt Col J.C.J. Kimaro took the helm. He was killed in a car crash in 1978. Other Kenyans who have commanded the Navy are:

  1. Maj Gen E.S. Mbilu 1978-1988
  2. Maj Gen Joseph Kibwana (later to become CGS) 1988-1998
  3. Maj Gen Abdul Rafrouf 1998-2002
  4. Maj Gen Peter Awitta 2002-2006
  5. Maj Gen SJ. Mwathethe 2006

Kenya Defence Forces Salaries

Kenya Defence Forces salaries will be update soon.

Kenya Defence Forces Website and Contacts

The Principal Secretary

Ministry of Defence
Ulinzi House
Lenana Road
P O Box 40668 – 00100
Nairobi
Tel: 2721100 | Fax:2737322
publicaffairs@mod.go.ke
Websitehttp://www.mod.go.ke

The Chief of Defence Forces Kenya

Kenya Defence Forces
Ulinzi House
Lenana Road
P O Box 40668 – 00100
Nairobi

Tel:2721100,2712054
Mobile no:0723 502413
Tel/Fax no:2722270
E-Mail: info@mod.go.ke
http://www.mod.go.ke

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Kenya Defence Forces recruits firing during Short Range classification exercise at the Recruits Training School, Eldoret

Kenya Defence Forces recruits firing during Short Range classification exercise at the Recruits Training School, Eldoret


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