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KDF Recruitment 2018 – Kenya Defence Forces Recruitment 2018

Kenya Defence Forces Recruitment 2018

KDF Recruitment 2018: 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.

Defence ministry sets February-March for KDF recruitment 2018

Updated: 12.02.2018

Kenyans have been warned about con men posing as military recruitment officers.

The warning comes as the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment drive starts today (12.02.2018), seeking to recruit more than 2,000 general recruits, constabularies and tradesmen.

The exercise will end on March 13. Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Joseph Kasaon is set to commission the recruitment that will be conducted in all constituencies. No one is expected to pay any money.

Various organisations, including National Intelligence Service, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and civil society organisation Transparency International have been invited to observe the exercise as part of efforts to ensure transparency.

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Cases of corruption during police and military recruitment have been declining due to various measures that have been put in place.

In 2016, there were five cases of corruption involving five people. At least Sh2 million was paid in bribes compared to 2014, when 16 people were involved and Sh4 million transacted.

In 2013, Sh5 million was paid in bribes by various parties.

Those seeking to join as general recruits must have scored a mean grade of D plain and above in their Form Four exams and be between 18 and 26 years old, while constabularies must be below 55 years, have no criminal record, be ex-KDF members with at least nine years’ colour service.

The forces are looking for various tradesmen with diplomas in aeronautical engineering, automotive engineering, mass communication, psychology, education, telecommunication engineering, community oral health and marine engineering among other areas.

Source: The Standard

What should you do to make the KDF recruitment physical test easier

  1. Run and stretch: Days to the recruitment, embark on a two to three kilometer run twice a day with proper stretching.
  2. Drink water: Continuous drinking of water is crucial in rehydrating the body and aiding in circulation of blood besides assisting in removal of toxins from the body.
  3. Sleep: A good night sleep of not less than 6 hours helps the body rest and rejuvenate, ready for the next day’s activity.
  4. Avoid alcohol: Aware there will be physical exercises it is wise to avoid alcohol on the eve to your interview. Apart from inhibiting cognitive function, alcohol can generally weaken one’s body as a result of dehydration and overworking body organs.
  5. Eat well: Ensure you have a balanced breakfast on the material day as you continue to take in more water. The meal should be roughly three hours to the exercise. It is also vital to avoid meaty diets 12 hours before the test as this could be a recipe for dehydration.

This will minimize cases of young men and women collapsing and in some instances losing their lives because of lack of preparedness or awareness of their physical and mental well being.

Military physical fitness tests are not rocket science, if others can make it, then should you.

KDF 2018 Recruitment – Kenya Defence Forces Recruitment Dates and centres.

KDF 2018 Advertisement for the Recruitment of Servicemen/women, Constables & Tradesmen/women into the Kenya Defence Forces – 2018 KDF Recruitment 2018

1. The Kenya Defence Forces is pleased to announce to the general public the recruitment of Servicemen/ women, Constables & Tradesmen/women which is scheduled to take place from 12 February to 13 March 2018 at various centres countrywide.

Prospective candidates wishing to join Kenya Defence Forces must satisfy the conditions and requirements given below.

2. Corruption.

Bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law.

All persons presenting themselves for recruitment purposes at any centre with fake/ falsified calling letters, identity cards, academic certificates etc. or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be arrested and prosecuted.

If you accept to be conned, you will lose your money and go to jail; it happened to many during the last recruitment.

Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; No one can influence the recruitment process.

Report any suspicious activities/conmen to the nearest police station or a military camp. KDF recruitment is absolutely free to all.

3. Citizens are further notified that recruitment is only conducted at the advertised recruitment centres countrywide during daytime before 1800 hours (6pm) on weekdays. 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 will be doing so fraudulently.

4. Recruitment of General Recruits and Constabularies

a. The KDF Recruiting Teams consisting of Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force, Kenya Navy and Defence Forces Constabulary will be visiting the recruiting centres as indicated below to recruit Servicemen/ Women, Defence Forces Constables on dates indicated.

b. All potential candidates reporting to the recruitment centres should come from the sub counties/ divisions of their respective counties and districts.

They should also bring with them current original national identity card and academic certificates/ testimonials.

ID photocopies/ scanned and police abstract will not be accepted.

The recruitment exercise will be absolutely Free.

C. Conditions for Servicemen/women

(1) Must be Kenyan citizens.
(2) Age: Between 18 and 26 years old.
(3) Be physically and mentally fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
(4) Have no criminal record.
(5) Minimum Height:
(a) Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).
(b) Women 1.52m (5ft)
(6) Minimum weight:
(a) Men: 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
(b) Women: 50.00 Kg (110 lb).

7. Female candidates must Not be pregnant at recruitment and during training.

8. Education: A minimum of mean grade D (plain) in KCSE for the general recruits.


(1) Be a Kenyan citizen and should not have dual citizenship
(2) Be in Possession of valid Kenyan National Identity card.
(3) Be between the ages of 30 and 55 years.
(4) Be ex-Kenya Defence Forces Service Member.
(5) Possess a Discharge Certificate of minimum “Very Good” in conduct.
(6) Must have served at least 3 or 9 years colour service.
(7) Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
(8) Have no criminal record.
(9) Female candidates must NOT be pregnant at recruitment and during training.

Tradesmen / Women

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

(1) Must be Kenyan citizens.
(2) Age: Between 18 and 26 years old.
(3) Be physically and mentally fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
(4) Have no criminal record.
(5) Minimum Height:
(a) Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).
(b) Women 1.52m (5ft)
(6) Minimum weight:
(c) Men: 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
(d) Women: 50.00 Kg (110 lb).
(7) Female candidates must Not be pregnant at recruitment and during training.

(1) Education – Qualifications & Requirements:

(a) Technicians:
A minimum of mean grade C (plain) in KCSE, a relevant Diploma or above from a recognized Institution and be a registered with the relevant statutory bodies, where applicable,

(b) Catechist:
Must have a minimum of C – (minus) in KCSE, a Diploma in Catechetical studies from a recognized catechetical college/ institute and should not be beyond 35 years of age.

(c) 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.

1. Vacancies:

a. General Recruits
b. Constabularies
b. Tradesmen/women:
(1) Mechanical Engineering (Plant/ Production or Metallurgy Option)
(2) Mechanical Engineering (Fabrication Technology)
(3) Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
(4) Industry (Plant Option)
(5) Quantity Survey Technician
(6) Survey (Cartographer)
(7) Structural Fabrication and Material Engineering
(8) Electronics and Computer Engineering
(9) Telecommunications Engineering
(10) Mechatronics Engineering
(11) Building Construction Technology
(12) Instrument and Control Engineering (Measurement Tech)
(13) Electrical and Electronics – Electronics or Telecoms Option
(14 ) Electrical Engineering
(15) Aeronautical Engineering
(16) Automotive Engineering
(17) Control and Automation
(18) Architecture
(19) Building Technology
(20) Civil Engineering
(21) Clerk of Works
(22) Information Technology and Computer Studies
(23) Finger Print Expert
(24) Journalist
(25) Community Health Nursing (Kenya Registered Community Health Nurses )
(26) Clinical Medicine (Registered Clinical Officers)
(27) Health Records and Information Technology
(28) Medical Engineering
(29) Community Health and HIV/ Aids care – HND
(30) Orthopedic Plaster Technician
(31) Psychiatric Nurse
(32) Psychotherapist
(33) Public Health Technician
(34) Psychologist
(35) Radiographer
(36) Medical Laboratory Technologist
(37) Dental Technologist
(38) Librarian
(39) Veterinary Technician
(40) Pharmaceutical Technologist
(41) Nutritionist

c. Catechist/ Imaam

d . Artisans:
(1) Masonry and / or Brick Layout
(2) Fitter General
(3) Plant Operator
(4) Architect Assistant
(5) Metal Worker
(6) Electrical Assistant
(7) Painting and Sign Writing
(8) Plant Technician
(9) Archivist
(10) Tailor
(11) Photographer
(12) Music
(13) Construction or Carpentry and Joinery
(14) Plumbing
(15) Welding and Fabrication
(16) Vehicle Mechanics
(17) Vehicle Electrician
(18) Draughtsman
(19) Videographer
(20) Video Editor

1. 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 Defence Forces
(Personnel and Logistics)
Ministry of Defence
Defence Headquarters
Ulinzi House
P. O. Box 40668
Nairobi – 00100

So as to reach him on or before 16th February 2018.

Short listed Tradesmen/ Women will be notified between 12th and 16th March 2018.

2. KDF Recruitment 2018 Itinerary:

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

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Monday 12/02/2018 – Kwale – Lunga Lunga – Lunga Lunga
Monday 12/02/2018 – West Pokot – Pokot Central – Sigor
Monday 12/02/2018 – Narok-Transmara East-Emurua Dikirr
Monday 12/02/2018 – Busia – Bunyala – – Budalangi
Monday 12/02/2018 – Samburu – Samburu North – Baragoi
Monday 12/02/2018 – Kericho – Londiani – Londiani
Monday 12/02/2018 – Kisumu – Kisumu East – Kibos
Monday 12/02/2018 – Nandi – Nandi South (Aldai)- Kobujoi
Monday 12/02/2018 – Bomet – Konoin – Mogogosiek Monday 12/02/2018 – Lamu – Lamu West – Lamu
Monday 12/02/2018 – Laikipia – Nyahururu – Nyahururu
Monday 12/02/2018 – Nyeri – Kieni East – Chaka
Monday 12/02/2018 – Taita/Taveta – Taveta – Taveta
Monday 12/02/2018 – Kiambu – Limuru – Limuru
Monday 12/02/2018 – Lamu – Lamu East – Faza
Monday 12/02/2018 – Embu – Embu East – Runyenjes

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Kwale – Msambweni – Msambweni
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – West Pokot – Kipkomo – Chepareria
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Narok – Transmara West – Kilgoris
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Busia – Samia – Funyula
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Samburu – Samburu Central – Maralal
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Kericho – Kipkelion – Kipkelion
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Kisumu – Kisumu Central – Kisumu
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Nandi – Nandi East – Nandi Hills
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Bomet – Bomet Central – Bomet
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Garissa – Ijara – Masalani
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Laikipia – Laikipia West – Rumuruti
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Nyeri – Kieni West – Mweiga
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Taita Taveta – Taita – Wundanyi
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Tana River – Tana Delta – Garsen
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Kiambu – Lari – Lari
Tuesday 13/02/2018 – Embu – Embu West – Embu

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Kwale – Kwale – Kwale
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – West Pokot – West Pokot – Kapenguria
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Migori – Kuria East – Kegonga
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Busia – Busia – Busia
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Samburu – Samburu East – Wamba
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Kericho – Kericho East – Kericho
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Kisumu – Kisumu West – Ojolla
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Nandi – Nandi Central – Kapsabet
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Bomet – Bomet East – Longisa
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Garissa – Hulugho – Hulugho
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Laikipia – Laikipia Central – Ngobit
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Nyeri – Nyeri Central – Nyeri
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Taita/Taveta – Mwatete – Mwatete
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Kiambu – Kikuyu – Kikuyu
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Garissa – Fafi – Bura
Wednesday 14/02/2018 – Embu – Embu North – Manyatta

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Thursday 15/02/2018 – Kwale – Kinango – Kinango
Thursday 15/02/2018 – West Pokot – Pokot South – Kibichbich
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Migori – Kuria West – Kehancha
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Busia – Nambale – Nambale
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Nyandarua – Nyandarua North – Ndaragwa
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Kericho – Belgut – Sosiot
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Kisumu – Seme – Kombewa
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Nandi – Tinderet – Maraba
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Bomet – Chepalungu – Sigor
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Tana River – Tana River – Hola
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Laikipia – Laikipia East – Nanyuki
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Nyeri – Tetu – Wamagana
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Taita Taveta – Voi – Voi
Thursday 15/02/2018 – Embu – Mbeere North – Siakago

KDF Recruitment Date- – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Friday 16/02/2018 – Mombasa – Likoni – Likoni
Friday 16/02/2018 – West Pokot – Pokot North – Alale
Friday 16/02/2018 – Migori – Nyatike – Nyatike
Friday 16/02/2018 – Busia – Butula – Butula
Friday 16/02/2018 – Nyandarua – Nyandarua West – Ol- Joro- Orok
Friday 16/02/2018 – Kericho – Soin/Sigowet – Chepkemel
Friday 16/02/2018 – Siaya – Rarieda – Rarieda Sec School
Friday 16/02/2018 – Nandi – Nandi North – Kabiyet
Friday 16/02/2018 – Narok – Narok South – Ololulunga
Friday 16/02/2018 – Tana River – Tana North – Bura
Friday 16/02/2018 – Laikipia – Laikipia North – Doldol Mkt
Friday 16/02/2018 – Nyeri – Nyeri South – Othaya
Friday 16/02/2018 – Makueni – Kibwezi – Kibwezi
Friday 16/02/2018 – Kiambu – Githunguri – Githunguri
Friday 16/02/2018 – Isiolo – Garbatulla – Garbatulla
Friday 16/02/2018 – Embu – Mbeere South – Kiritiri

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Monday 19/02/2018 – Kilifi – Magarini – Marafa
Monday 19/02/2018 – Trans Nzoia – Trans Nzoia East – Kachibora
Monday 19/02/2018 – Migori – Suna West – Bondo Nyironge
Monday 19/02/2018 – Busia – Teso Noerth – Amagoro
Monday 19/02/2018 – Nyandarua – Nyandarua Central – Ol Kalou
Monday 19/02/2018 – Kericho – Buret – Litein
Monday 19/02/2018 – Siaya – Bondo – Bondo
Monday 19/02/2018 – Nandi – Chesumei – Chemundu
Monday 19/02/2018 – Narok – Narok West – Lemek
Monday 19/02/2018 – Garissa – Garissa – Garissa
Monday 19/02/2018 – Meru – Igembe South – Maua
Monday 19/02/2018 – Nyeri – Mathira East – Karatina
Monday 19/02/2018 – Makueni – Makindu – Makindu
Monday 19/02/2018 – Kiambu – Kiambu East – Kiambu
Monday 19/02/2018 – Isiolo – Merti – Merti
Monday 19/02/2018 – Kitui – Tseikuru – Tseikuru

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Kilifi – Malindi – Malindi
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Trans Nzoia – Trans Nzoia West – Kitale
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Migori – Suna West – Migori
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Busia – Teso South – Amukura
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Nyandarua – Kipipiri – Miharati
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Bomet – Sotik – Sotik
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Siaya – Siaya – Siaya
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Uasin Gishu – Eldoret South – Outspan
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Narok – Narok North – Narok
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Garissa – Dadaab – Dadaab
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Meru – Igembe North – Murungine Primary
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Nyeri – Mathira West – Kayiaba
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Makueni – Nzaui – Matiliku
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Kiambu – Kiambaa – Karuri
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Wajir – Wajir South – Leheley
Tuesday 20/02/2018 – Kitui – Mumoni – Katse

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Kilifi – Ganze – Ganze
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Trans Nzoia – Kiminini – Kimini
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Migori – Uriri – Uriri
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Kakamega – Mumias West – Mumias
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Nyandarua – Nyandarua South – Engineer
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Nyamira – Borabu – Borabu
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Siaya – Ugenya – Ukwala
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Elgeyo/ Marakwet – Marakwet East – Chesoi
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Narok – Narok East – Nairegea/Enkare
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Garissa – Lagdera – Modogashe
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Meru – Igembe Central – Kangeta
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Nyeri – Mukurwe-ini – Mukurwe-ini
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Makueni – Kathonzweni – Kathonzweni
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Kiambu – Gatundu South – Gatundu
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Wajir – Wajir West – Griftu
Wednesday 21/02/2018 – Kitui – Kyuso – Kyuso

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Thursday 22/02/2018 – Kilifi – Kilifi – Kilifi
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Trans Nzoia – Kwanza – Kwanza
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Migori – Awendo – Awendo
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Bungoma – Bumula – Bumula
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Nyandarua – Kinangop – Njambini
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Nyamira – Masaba North – Keroka
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Siaya – Ugunja – Ugunja
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Elgeyo/ Marakwet – Marakwet West – Kapsowar
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Kajiado – Kajiado North – Ngong
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Wajir – Habaswein – Habaswein
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Meru – Tigania East – Muriri
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Kirinyaga – Kirinyaga East – Kianyaga
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Makueni – Makueni – Wote
Thursday 22/02/2018 – Kiambu – Gatundu North – Kamwangi

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Friday 23/02/2018 – Kilifi – Kilifi South – Kikambala
Friday 23/02/2018 – Trans Nzoia – Endebess – Endebess
Friday 23/02/2018 – Migori – Rongo – Rongo
Friday 23/02/2018 – Kakamega – Matungu – Matungu
Friday 23/02/2018 – Nyandarua – Mirangini – Mirangini
Friday 23/02/2018 – Nyamira – Nyamiara North – Ekerenyo
Friday 23/02/2018 – Siaya – Gem – Yala
Friday 23/02/2018 – Elgeyo Marakwet – Keiyo North – Iten
Friday 23/02/2018 – Kajiado – Isinya – Isinya
Friday 23/02/2018 – Wajir – Wajir East – Wajir
Friday 23/02/2018 – Meru – Tigania West – Urru
Friday 23/02/2018 – Kirinyaga – Kirinyaga Central – Kerugoya
Friday 23/02/2018 – Makueni – Mbooni East – Mumbuni
Friday 23/02/2018 – Kiambu – Ruiru – Ruiru
Friday 23/02/2018 – Wajir – Eldas – Eldas
Friday 23/02/2018 – Kitui – Mwingi East – Mathuki

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Monday 26/02/2018 – Mombasa – Kisauni – Kisauni
Monday 26/02/2018 – Bungoma – Mt. Elgon – Kapsokwony
Monday 26/02/2018 – Homa Bay – Ndhiwa – Ndhiwa
Monday 26/02/2018 – Bungoma – Bungoma South – Bungoma
Monday 26/02/2018 – Nakuru – Naivasha – Naivasha
Monday 26/02/2018 – Nyamira – Nyamira South – Nyamira
Monday 26/02/2018 – Kakamega – Butere – Butere
Monday 26/02/2018 – Elgeyo/Marakwet – Keiyo South – Chepkorio
Monday 26/02/2018 – Kajiado – Kajiado Central – Kajiado
Monday 26/02/2018 – Mandera – Mandera West – Takaba
Monday 26/02/2018 – Meru – Imenti North – Meru Town
Monday 26/02/2018 – Kirinyaga – Kirinyaga West – Baricho
Monday 26/02/2018 – Makueni – Mbooni West – Kikima
Monday 26/02/2018 – Kiambu – Thika East – Gatuanyaga
Monday 26/02/2018 – Mandera – Lafey – Lafey
Monday 26/02/2018 – Kitui – Migwani – Migwani

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Mombasa – Nyali – Kongowea
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Bungoma – Cheptais – Cheptais
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Homa Bay – Suba – Makunga
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Bungoma – Bungoma West – Sirisia
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Nakuru – Gilgil – Gilgil
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Nyamira – Manga – Manga
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Kakamega – Mumias East – Shianda
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Baringo – Baringo Central – Kabarnet
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Kajiado – Kajiado West – Kisamis
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Mandera – Mandera Central – El-Wak
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Meru – Meru Central – Karieni
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Kirinyaga – Mwea East – Wanguru
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Makueni – Kilungu – Nunguni
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Kiambu – Thika West – Thika
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Mandera – Banisa – Banisa
Tuesday 27/02/2018 – Kitui – Matinyani – Matinyani

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Kilifi – Rabai – Rabai
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Kakamega – Lugari – Lumakanda
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Homa Bay – Mbita – Mbita
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Bungoma – Bungoma Central – Chwele
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Nakuru – Nakuru North – Bahati
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Kisii – Kisii Central – Kisii
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Kakamega – Khwisero – Khwisero
Wednesday 31/06/2017 – Baringo – Baringo North – Kabartonjo
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Kajiado – Mashuru – Mashuru
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Wajir – Buna – Buna
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Meru – Tigania Central – Mikinduri Primary
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Kirinyaga – Mwea West – Kandongu
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Makueni – Mukaa – Yoani
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Kiambu – Juja – Juja
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Wajir – Wajir North – Bute
Wednesday 28/02/2018 – Kitui – Kitui West – Kabati

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Thursday 01/03/2018 – Kilifi – Kaloleni – Kaloleni
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Kakamega – Likuyani – Kongoni
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Homa Bay – Homa Bay – Homa Bay
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Bungoma – Bungoma North – Mukuyuni
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Nakuru – Subukia – Subukia
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Kisii – Kitutu Central – Nyanchwa
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Vihiga – Emuhaya – Emuhaya
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Baringo – East Pokot – Chemolingot
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Kajiado – Loitokitok – Loitokitok
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Mandera – Mandera North – Rhamu
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Meru – Buuri – Timau
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Murang’a – Murang’a – Murang’a
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Muranga – Gatanga – Gatanga
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Marsabit – Sololo – Sololo
Thursday 01/03/2018 – Kitui – Kitui Central – Kitui

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Friday 02/03/2018 – Mombasa – Changamwe – Changamwe
Friday 02/03/2018 – Kakamega – Matete – Matete
Friday 02/03/2018 – Homa Bay – Rangwe – Rangwe
Friday 02/03/2018 – Bungoma – Kimilili – Kimilili
Friday 02/03/2018 – Nakuru – Nakuru – Nakuru
Friday 02/03/2018 – Kisii – Masaba South – Masimba
Friday 02/03/2018 – Vihiga – Luanda – Luanda
Friday 02/03/2018 – Baringo – Marigat – Marigat
Friday 02/03/2018 – Machakos – Athi River – Athi River
Friday 02/03/2018 – Mandera – Mandera East – Mandera
Friday 02/03/2018 – Isiolo – Isiolo – Isiolo
Friday 02/03/2018 – Murang’a – Kahuro – Kahuro
Friday 02/03/2018 – Nairobi City – Nairobi Districts – Misc (Kasarani)
Friday 02/03/2018 – Marsabit – Chalbi – Maikona
Friday 02/03/2018 – Kitui – Katulani – Katulani

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Monday 05/03/3018 – Mombasa – Jomvu – Mikindani
Monday 05/03/3018 – Uasin Gishu – Eldoret West – Paul Boit High School
Monday 05/03/3018 – Homa Bay – Rachuonyo North – Kendu Bay
Monday 05/03/3018 – Bungoma – Webuye West – Chebos High Sch
Monday 05/03/3018 – Nakuru – Njoro – Njoro
Monday 05/03/3018 – Kisii – Marani – Marani
Monday 05/03/3018 – Vihiga – Sabatia – Sabatia
Monday 05/03/3018 – Baringo – Koibatek – Eldama Ravine
Monday 05/03/3018 – Machakos – Machakos – Machakos
Monday 05/03/3018 – Marsabit – Moyale – Moyale
Monday 05/03/3018 – Meru – Imenti South – Nkubu
Monday 05/03/3018 – Murang’a – Kangema – Kangema
Monday 05/03/3018 – Marsabit – Laisamis – Laisamis
Monday 05/03/3018 – Kitui – Lower Yatta – Kiusyuni

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Mombasa – Mombasa – Mombasa
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Uasin Gishu – Moiben – Moiben
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Homa Bay – Rachuonyo South – Kosele
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Bungoma – Bungoma East – Webuye
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Nakuru – Molo – Molo
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Kisii – Sameta – Itumbe
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Vihiga – Vihiga – Mbale
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Baringo – Mogotio – Mogotio
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Machakos – Kathiani – Kathiani
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Marsabit – Marsabit – Marsabit
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Tharaka-Nithi – Tharaka North – Gatunga
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Murang’a – Mathioya – Kiria- Ini
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Turkana – Turkana South – Lokichar
Tuesday 06/03/2018 – Kitui – Ikutha – Ikutha

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Uasin Gishu – Soy – 64 Stadium
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Homa Bay – Rachuonyo East – Kadongo
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Kakamega – Kakamega North – Malava
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Nakuru – Nakuru West – Kapkures
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Kisii – Gucha – Ogembo
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Vihiga – Hamisi – Hamisi
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Nakuru – Rongai – Kampi ya Moto
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Machakos – Kangundo – Kangundo
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Marsabit – North Horr – North Horr
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Tharaka-Nithi – Tharaka South – Marimanti
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Murang’a – Murang’a South – Murang’a TTC
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Turkana – Turkana East – Lokori
Wednesday 07/03/2018 – Kitui – Mutomo – Mutomo

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Thursday 08/03/2018 – Uasin Gishu – Kesses – Kesses
Thursday 08/03/2018 – Kisumu – Nyakach – Pap Ondit
Thursday 08/03/2018- Nakuru – Kuresoi North – Sirikwa
Thursday 08/03/2018 – Kisii – Nyamache – Nyamache
Thursday 08/03/2018 – Kakamega – Kakamega South – Malinya
Thursday 08/03/2018 – Machakos – Matungulu – Matungulu Thursday 08/03/2018 – Marsabit – Loyangalani – Loyangalani
Thursday 08/03/2018 – Tharaka Nithi – Maara – Chogoria
Thursday 08/03/2018 – Murang’a – Kandara – Kandara
Thursday 08/03/2018 – Turkana – Turkana North – Lokitaung
Thursday 08/03/2018 – Kitui – Mutitu – Zombe

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Friday 09/03/2018 – Uasin Gishu – Eldoret East – Naiberi
Friday 09/03/2018 – Kisumu – Nyando – Awasi
Friday 09/03/2018 – Nakuru – Kuresoi – Keringet
Friday 09/03/2018 – Kisii – Kenyenya – Kenyenya
Friday 09/03/2018 – Kakamega – Kakamega Central – Kakamega
Friday 09/03/2018 – Machakos – Mwala – Mwala
Friday 09/03/2018 – Turkana – Turkana West – Kakuma
Friday 09/03/2018 – Tharaka-Nithi – Meru South – Chuka
Friday 09/03/2018 – Murang’a – Kigumo – Kigumo
Friday 09/03/2018 – Turkana – Kibish – Kibish
Friday 09/03/2018 – Kitui – Nzambani – Chuluni

KDF Recruitment Date – -County – District – Recruitment Centre

Monday 12/03/2018 – Kisumu- Muhoroni – Chemilil
Monday 12/03/2018 – Kisii – Kisii South – Kerina
Monday 12/03/2018 – Kakamega – Navakholo – Navakholo
Monday 12/03/2018 – Machakos – Masinga – Masinga
Monday 12/03/2018 – Turkana – Turkana Central – Lodwar
Monday 12/03/2018 – Turkana – Loima – Lorugum
Monday 12/03/2018 – Kitui – Kisasi – Kisasi

KDF Recruitment Date – County – District – Recruitment Centre

Tuesday 13/03/2018 – Kisii – Gucha South – Nyamarambe
Tuesday 13/03/2018 – Kakamega – Kakamega East – Shinyalu
Tuesday 13/03/2018 – Machakos – Yatta – Kithimani

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

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  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

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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.


  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
Tel: 2721100 | Fax:2737322

The Chief of Defence Forces Kenya

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

Mobile no:0723 502413
Tel/Fax no:2722270

Kenya Defence Forces Pictures

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