Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Recruitment Requirements 2020

These are the recruitment requirements one must meet in order to join the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) as of 2020. The Kenya Defence Forces are the armed forces of the Republic of Kenya which comprise the Kenya Army, Kenya Navy, and Kenya Air Force. They are all responsible for the defence and protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya.

The Kenya Army protects the country against external land-based attacks, the Kenya Air Force protects Kenya’s air space from attacks while the Kenya Navy ensures that Kenyan waters are safe from piracy, sea-borne attacks and any other prohibited activities.

The Kenya army is headquartered in the Department of Defence (DoD), Hurlingham, Nairobi. On the other hand, the Kenya Air Force is headquartered in the Moi Air Base, Eastleigh, Nairobi. The Kenya Navy is headquartered in Mtongwe, Mombasa.

Below are the recruitment requirements one must meet in order to join the Kenya Defence Forces. Please note that the recruitment dates for 2020 have not yet been announced, so be careful of fraudsters. Recruitment dates will be communicated through the local dailies and the official Ministry Of Defence channels; website and social media.

A. Recruits/ Service Men 

Candidates wishing to join the Kenya Defence Forces as recruits must meet the following requirements:

1.Must be a Kenyan citizen.

2.Must be of age between 18 and 26 years old.

3.A minimum of mean grade D (Plain) in KCSE.

4. Must be medically fit.

5. Must have no criminal record.

6. A minimum height of 5 ft 3 in. (5’3”).[irp posts=”8735″ name=”Order of Kenya Army Ranks From The Lowest to the Highest”]

7. Minimum Weight:
(a) Men – 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
(b) Women – 50 Kg (110 lb).

8. Female candidates must NOT be pregnant at the time of recruitment and during the entire duration of training.

B. General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets 

Candidates wishing to join the Kenya Defence Forces as cadets must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be a Kenyan citizen with no dual citizenship

2.Must be in possession of a valid Kenyan National Identity Card

3. Must be of age between 18 and 26 years old

4. Must be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.

5. Must have no criminal record.

6. Minimum Height:

(a) Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).

(b) Women 1.52m (5ft)

7. Minimum Weight

(a) Men 54.55 Kg (120 lb).

(b) Women 50.00 Kg (110 lb).

8. Female candidates must NOT be pregnant at the time of recruitment and during the entire duration of training.

Minimum Education Qualifications

(1)  General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets 

Must hold a minimum mean grade of B (Plain) in KCSE with at least C+ (Plus) in English, Mathematics and one Science subject. The initial training period for this category will cover three (3) continuous years leading to a BSc in Military Science and Security Studies on successful completion.

(2) Specialist Officers.

-Must hold a minimum mean grade of B (Plain) in KCSE with at least C+ (Plus) in English, Mathematics and one science subject.

-Must be a holder of an undergraduate degree from a recognized University/institution and be registered with a statutory body where applicable. The training period for Specialist Officers will not be less than three months.

In addition to the minimum academic qualifications, Specialist Officers must posses the qualifications below and where necessary be registered with the relevant statutory Bodies for the vacancies below:
(1) Medical Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and be registered with Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).

(2) Pharmacists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB).
(3) Nursing Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and be registered with the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK).
(4) Dentists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery and be registered with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).
(5) Laboratory Technologists. Must hold a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology/Medical Laboratory Science.
(6) Counselling Psychologists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling Psychology.
(7) Public Health Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health/Environmental Science.
(8) Cyber Security/Digital Forensic/IT Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science/Information Technology/Software Engineering/Networking. Certification in Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, and
Ethical hacking or Information Security analysis will be added advantage.
(9) Engineers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical, Electrical & Electronics, Telecommunication, Instrumentation and Control, Mechanical, Marine, Biomedical, Naval Architecture and Mechatronics Engineering and be registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK).
(10) Journalists. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication majoring either in Broadcast Production or Public Relations with at least two (2) years of working experience.
(11) Lawyers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized University, be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, hold a current and valid practising certificate with at least two (2) years practising experience. Experience in litigation will be an added advantage.
(12) Physical Training Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science or Bachelor of Education (Physical Education).
(13) Finance/Accounting Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance/Accounting option).
(14) Music Specialists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Music.
(15) Chaplains/Imams. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Theology/Islamic studies from a recognized Institution. Protestant Churches and Roman Catholic. Chaplains must be ordained Ministers and recommended by Archbishop and Episcopal Conference respectively. Imams must be recommended by the Chief Kadhi.
(16) Hospitality Management/Catering Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management/ Food Production.
(17) Entrepreneurship and Management Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship.
(18) Statistics Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Actuarial Science.
(19) Procurement & Supply Chain Management Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management /Purchasing & Supplies Management.
(20) Library and Information Officers. Must hold at least Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science.
(21) Project Managers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Project Planning and Management.
(22) Quantity Surveyors. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Survey and registered with Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).
(23) Oceanographers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography.
(24) Dock Masters. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science.

The applications for Specialist Officers and Tradesmen/women to reach the addressee below on or before 7th November 2019. Candidates who will be shortlisted for Specialist Officers and Tradesmen/women shall be notified through the print media from 17th to 23rd November 2019.

Clear photocopies of relevant academic certificates and current National Identity Card (ID) MUST be attached to the application 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 – 00100
NAIROBI
(3) Servicemen/women (General Duty) Recruits.

Must hold a minimum mean grade of D (plain) in KCSE.

(4) Tradesmen/women.

Prospective candidates willing to apply must satisfy the conditions and requirements given below.
(a) Technicians. A minimum mean grade of C (Plain) in KCSE, a relevant Diploma or above from a recognized Institution and be registered with the relevant statutory bodies, where applicable.

(b) Artisans. A minimum mean grade of D+ (Plus) in KCSE and either a relevant certificate with Government Trade Test Grade II or Craft II from a recognized Institution.

(5) Constables
(a) Be a retired Kenya Defence Forces Service Member or a retired National Youth Serviceman/woman.
(b) Be between the ages of 30 and 55 years old for retired KDF and between 35 and 45 years old for retired NYS.
(c) Possess a Discharge Certificate with a minimum rating of “Very Good” in conduct.
(d) Must have served for at least 9 years Colour Service and retired honourably from KDF.

Recruitment Dates

The Ministry Of Defence has not yet announced any recruitment dates. We will update the dates and venues anytime the announcement is done. Please note that no fee is required for one to be recruited into the service. Anyone found extorting money from the public in the name of helping them to secure recruitment in the service will be arrested.

If you have any further questions, Kindly contact the Ministry Of Defence through +254 202721100, [email protected] or through @kdfinfo on Twitter for prompt responses.