How to Join the Kenya Armed Forces

Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force, and Kenya Navy are the armed forces of Kenya known collectively as the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). Prospective candidates who wish to enlist must be Kenyan citizens, aged between 18-26 years, should be physically & medically fit according to KDF standards and have no criminal record. Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to be particularly tall to join as the minimum height is 5 feet 3 inches (5' 3"). Minimum weight for males and females is 54.55 kg & 50 kg respectively.  Female candidates must NOT be pregnant. It is also essential to have good vision, hearing, and proper dental hygiene (no cavities or missing teeth).

Kenya Defence Forces Rookies

Young Kenyans in general, are given the opportunity to join Kenya Defence Forces to train as Servicemen and Servicewomen. A mean grade of D (plain) in KCSE is required for recruitment in this category. The Government's Ministry of Defence and the Military announces the recruitment to the general public through the media and interested persons present themselves at the venue on the set date for the recruitment exercise. Candidates are then arranged according to where they come from, their documents are verified, physical and medical checks are done and after engaging in a long exhausting race, those who emerge the best are selected and recruited to train as Constables in the armed forces.

Kenya Defence Forces recruit young Kenyan scholars with outstanding academic achievements to train as General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets. Candidates who wish to apply as Cadets are required to have high grades in KCSE (minimum B plain) with a minimum subject grade of C+ (plus) in English, Mathematics, and any one of the Pure Sciences: Biology, Chemistry & Physics. The initial training for this category covers 03 continuous years leading to a BSc in Military Science and Security Studies on successful completion.

Professionals are recruited into Kenya Defence Forces for training to become Specialist Officers. Those who wish to join KDF in this category must be University Graduates with minimum 02 years work experience and should also be registered with the relevant statutory bodies. Speciality openings include Pathologists, Medical Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Public Health Officers, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Meteorologists, Nutritionists, Clinical Psychologists, Lawyers, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Electrical Technicians, Mechanical Engineers, Marine Engineers, Civil and Structural Engineers, Education Officers, IT Specialists, Chaplains, Imams, and Journalists.

Qualified skilled Artisans and Technicians can be recruited into Kenya Defence Forces to train as Tradesmen and Tradeswomen. Candidates applying as Technicians must have a mean grade of C (plain) in KCSE, a relevant diploma or above from a recognized institution and be registered with the relevant statutory body where applicable. Those applying as Artisans are required to have a mean grade of D+ (plus) in KCSE and have either a relevant certificate with Government Trade Test Grade III or Craft III from a recognized institution.

Former Kenyan soldiers not older than 52 years can get back into military service as Kenya Defence Forces Constabularies. They must be ex-armed forces servicemen or women in the Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force or Kenya Navy with a Discharge Certificate of Minimum "Very Good" in conduct and must have served at least 03 or 09 years color service.

Ex-Kenya Army Woman attends Constabulary Recruitment



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