The Elite GSU Recce Company Kenya

The General Service Unit Recce Company is an elite special forces unit within the Kenya Police paramilitary wing of the General Service Unit (GSU). Their headquarters are based in Ruiru and due to their secretive nature, the exact number of personnel in this hardened battle force is unknown. 

GSU Recce officers are well-trained in highly regarded military training facilities within Kenya and abroad in countries such as Israel, United Kingdom, and the United States. This makes the company a specially trained unit that is comparable to special forces units such as Israel's Sayeret Matkal, Britain's SAS and America's Delta Force. 

GSU Recce Commandos

The main crucial function of the GSU Recce Company is to provide support and reinforcement to the other field companies of the General Service Unit during combat and security operations. The company is also deployed on its own to perform security operations that require the highest level of attention. Due to their elite training and combat experience, the GSU Recce is capable of being deployed in the event of war.

The General Service Unit Recce soldiers are armed and equipped with the best military equipment:

An illustration of how the GSU Recce are armed

  • Bullet Proof Vest, worn around the torso to protect the wearer from bullets and shrapnel from explosions. 
  • Magazine Pouches attached to the bulletproof vests used for carrying additional magazines. Small pouches are for carrying pistol magazines while the bigger ones are for rifle magazines.
  • M16 Rifle a 5.56 mm caliber ammunition rifle which can be both semi and full automatic commonly used in modern warfare. 
  • Thigh Pistol Holster used to carry an additional pistol. When an officer is wearing a bulletproof vest, it is impossible to employ hip holsters and so a holster is tied on the thigh.
  • Sunglasses, worn to prevent the public from knowing where an officer is looking. An officer's head could be facing forward thus creating the impression that he is looking in front but could be he is actually looking to his right or left. If members of the public cannot see an officer's eyes, they may not be able to tell where his attention is directed or what he is thinking which gives officers the tactical advantage of hiding their intentions. 
  • Portable Police Radios fixed on the shoulder or chest which have earphones attached so that officers do not necessarily have to hold them in their hands while communicating. 
  • Bayonet a knife, sword or spike-shaped weapon used as a spear to stab the enemy in close-quarter combat where an officer does not have to shoot. It is designed to fit in, on, over or underneath the muzzle of a rifle. 
  • Knee and Elbow Pads for offering protection and comfort to the knee and elbow respectively especially during combat situations.

The GSU Recce Company has three key subunits. The first one being the Sky Marshal Unit an undercover counter-terrorist unit onboard commercial flights to counter aircraft hijackings. The second one is the Crisis Response Team which is always on standby to swing into action when situations get out of hand. The third unit is the Rendition Operation Team deployed to perform delicate and sensitive security operations.

For General Service Unit Recce Company recruitment, the Government announces a nationwide joint Kenya National Police Service recruitment. Young Kenyan citizens who wish to join should attend the exercise and successful applicants who are enlisted are then sent to the GSU training college in Embakasi for basic training. Those who emerge the best in academic and field performance after basic training then undergo a further specialized training in VIP protection, explosives handling and detonation, security of vital installations, anti-terrorism, sky marshal, and rescue operations. Afterward, the GSU officers pass out and are then incorporated into any of the three subunits of the GSU Recce Company depending on their area of specialization.

Source- Daily Nation.

1 comment:

  1. May God bless this men.I love their dedication towards saving lives of Kenyan citizens,the response at Westgate willn remain memorable.I have no best price to give but how i pray that God bless you to live long...BRAVOOOOH


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