This article focuses on the necessary requirements that one needs to meet in order to join the Kenya Navy. Kenya Navy is the naval branch of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). It was established in 1964, just a year after Kenya gained independence. It is headquartered in Mtongwe, Mombasa and has other bases in Shimoni, Msambweni, Malindi, Kilifi and Manda which is part of the Lamu Archipelago.
The primary mission of the Kenya Navy is to defend and maintain the sovereignty of Kenya’s waters at all times. They ensure that Kenya’s waters are safe from sea-borne attacks, piracy and any other illegal or prohibited activities.
Kenya Navy has elite trained forces within its camps. This includes the special forces or the marine commandos who are well trained and equipped with the necessary skills and capabilities of conducting tactical and amphibious operations to protect Kenya’s maritime domain from external aggression.
The Kenya Navy conducts an annual sea training cruise known as Exercise Jitegemee, which is aimed at training junior officers and local sailors, equipping them with relevant practical skills and knowledge to undertake tasks that are in line with the mandate of the Kenya Navy. The training also reinforces the theoretical training that the officers receive at the Kenya Naval Training College.
Kenya Navy Qualifications
1. Be a Kenyan citizen with no dual citizenship.
2. Be in possession of a valid Kenyan National ID. Additionally, four copies of the National Identity Card and PIN certificate.
3. Age between 18 and 26 years old for General Duty Recruits.
4. Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
5. Have no criminal record.
6. Minimum height:
- Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).
- Women 1.52m (5ft).
7. Minimum weight:
- Men 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
- 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.
9. Must hold a minimum mean grade of C (plain) in KCSE, with C+ (plus) in Geography, Physics and Mathematics.