Kenya Defence Forces Recruitment: 2017 Requirements & Qualifications.

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) announced its recruitment drive for the year 2017. In the one month drive, it will be looking for General Recruits, Constabularies and Tradesmen/women and the drive is scheduled to take place from 15th May 2017 to 14th June 2017 at various centers countrywide as indicated on this schedule here.

The process is free for all. No emails should be sent to any email address and there is no account to deposit any amount X or any Mpesa pay bill number to facilitate “processing of your Military ID and Blah blah… Forge documents at your own risk. You are requested to report any suspicious activities that you will see taking place at the recruitment center on the D Day.

Recruitment will ONLY be conducted on the advertised recruitment dates and at the recruitment centres as indicated on this schedule between 8am and 6pm. Mondays to Friday. Well, I will give you a tip here. Be there earlier than 8am. I was in the field at 6am myself and it worked for many of us. A large number was locked out. If you will be coming from far, consider sleeping at a hotel on the eve and wake up early and stress free.

Successful candidates will be issued with calling letters at the recruitment centres by the recruiting officers. This means that the calling letters will not be issued at DOD or oh, Moi Airbase, or Kenya Navy Barracks at Mtongwe. You succeed, you go home with your letter in hand. That will be your gate pass to the Recruits Training College at Eldoret and your ID for the next few weeks until you get to Eldoret.

Potential candidates reporting to recruitment centers MUST come from that particular sub county/division of their respective counties. Have your current original national identity card (ID), & academic certificates and testimonials as necessary. The reason I said “as necessary” is because, if you are going for the general recruit vacancy, don’t unleash your diploma in criminology or international relations and diplomacy et al. You will get disqualified and the chance given to the Form Four leaver behind you.

Photocopied national ID card and police abstracts will not be accepted, doesn’t matter if it is colored and laminated. Carry the original documents.

Kenya Defence Forces General Recruits.

General recruits are basic education graduates. That is Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education holders. Once recruited, you will be posted to your appropriate service. That is Kenya Air Force, Kenya Army or Kenya Navy. However, you will first proceed to the Recruits Training College where you will get your basic Military training – TOGETHER. Then you will proceed individually to your units afterwards.

The following is required of the candidates for this position.

(1) Kenyan citizens and should not have dual citizenship.

(2) Age – between 18 and 26 years old.

(3) Physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.

(4) No criminal record.

(5) Minimum Height:

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

(b) Women: 1.52 m (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 the time of recruitment and during the entire duration of training.

(8) Have a minimum mean grade of D (plain) in KCSE.

Kenya Defence Forces Constabularies

These are citizens who have been in the forces before and they wish to serve the military again. Well, they already have paramilitary and military skills and they do not undergo the same training as General Recruits.

The following is required of the candidates for this position.

(1) Kenyan citizens and should not have dual citizenship.

(2) Age – below 52 years old.

(3) Physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.

(4) Have no criminal record.

(5) Ex – Defence Forces Service Members (Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force, Kenya Navy)

(6) Possess a Discharge Certificate of minimum “Very Good” in conduct.

(7) Must have served at least a 3 or 9 years’ colour service.

Kenya Defence Forces Tradesmen/ Women

These are graduates of technical and any skill in the various trades who will be adapted into the military and serve in the various capacities according to their skills. Here, those with diplomas and certificates will be considered and will need to apply as indicated at the end of this article.

The following is required of the candidates for this position. Academic & Physical Requirements.

(a) Technicians:

A minimum of mean grade 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 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.

 

Physical/ Basic Requirements.

(1) Kenyan citizens and should not have dual citizenship.

(2) Age- between 18 and 26 years old.

(3) Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.

(4) Have no criminal record.

(5) Minimum Height:

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

(b) Women: 1.52 m (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.

The Vacancies for Tradesmen & Women

Diploma/ Certificate

(a) Aeronautical Engineering (A&E and Avionics)

(b) Automation and control

(c) Automotive Engineering & Motor Vehicle Mechanics

(d) Civil Engineering

(e) Community Health Nursing

(f) Community Oral Health

(g) Computer Science/ Information Technology (Programming/ Networking)

(h) Counseling Psychology

(i) Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Automotive/ Installation/ Electronic Option)

(j) Health Records & Information Technology

(k) Instrumentation & Control

(l) Journalism (Video Editors, Graphic Design, Public Relation)

(m) Librarian

(n) Marine Engineering

(o) Mechanical Engineering (Plant/ Production Option)

(p) Mechatronics Engineering (PLC)

(q) Media Imaging Sciences

(r) Occupational Therapy

(s) Para Legal (Licensed Process Server)

(t) Physiotherapy

(u) Quality Control

(v) Soil Laboratory Sciences/ Technology

(w ) Surveying (Land/ Quantity Survey, Photogrammetric/ GIS)

(x) Telecommunication Engineering

(y) Water Engineering (Ground Water Option)

(z) Welding, Fabrication & Metallurgy

Artisans

(a) Carpentry and Joinery

(b) Masonry

(c) Music

(d) Plant Operation

(e) Plumbing & Fitting

(f) Vehicle Mechanic

(g) Vehicle Electrician

As mentioned earlier, this is where you will need to draft your Curriculum Vitae, application and post it to the address below. With copies of your academic certificates and ID.

Deadline: 21st May 2017. – This is not the day to visit your local post office. Give Posta Kenya several days to do their thing.

Shortlisted Tradesmen/women will be notified through the print media between 6th June 2017 and 11th June 2017. (Being shortlisted is one part of it, as for part two; you still have to undergo the other checks as indicated above).

 

Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces

(Personnel and Logistics)

Ministry of Defence

Defence Headquarters

Ulinzi House

P.O. Box 40668

NAIROBI – 00100

 

To find out recruitment Itinerary, Click Here.

For some commonly asked questions related to the exercise, Click Here.

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    KDF; Kenya Defense Forces Recruitment Exercise – Requirements and Qualifications.

    “General recruits are basic education graduates. That is Kenya Certificate of Secondary School Education holders. Once recruited, you will be posted to your appropriate service. That is Kenya Air Force, Kenya Army or Kenya Navy. However, you will first proceed to the Recruits Training College where you will get your basic Military training – TOGETHER. Then you will proceed individually to your units afterwards.”

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