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KDF Recruitment 2019 dates and centres; Requirements and How to apply

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The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is pleased to announce to the general public the recruitment of General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets, Specialist Officers, General Duty Recruits, Tradesmen/women, and Constables which is scheduled to take place in October and November 2019. KDF Recruitment, 2019.

The prospective candidates willing to join the Kenya Defence Forces MUST meet the following conditions and academic qualifications:

General Conditions

  1. Be a Kenyan citizen with no dual citizenship.
  2. Have a valid Kenyan National Identity Card. (4 Copies of National Identity Card and PIN certificate)
  3. Age – between 18 and 26 years old for GSO Cadets, General Duty Recruits, and Tradesmen/women with Certificate/Government Trade Test, not above 30 years for Specialist Officers, Tradesmen/women with Diploma, and not above 39 years for Chaplains/Imams.
  4. Be physically and medically fit per the KDF standards.
  5. Should 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 Academic 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 training period for this category will cover three (3) years leading to a BSc in Military Science and Security Studies upon 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.
  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.
  •  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.
  • 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

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

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  1. General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets
  2. Specialist Officers. In addition to the minimum academic qualifications, Specialist Officers must posses’ qualifications and where necessary, be registered with the relevant Statutory Bodies for the vacancies below:
  •  Medical Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and be registered with Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).
  • Pharmacists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB).
  • Nursing Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and be registered with the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK).
  • Dentists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery and be registered with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).
  • Laboratory Technologists. Must hold a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology/Medical Laboratory Science.
  • Counseling Psychologists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling Psychology.
  • Public Health Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health/Environmental Science.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 practicing certificate with at least two (2) years practicing experience. Experience in litigation will be an added advantage.
  • Physical Training Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science or Bachelor of Education (Physical Education).
  • Finance/Accounting Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance/Accounting option).
  • Music Specialists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Music.
  • 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. The Chief Kadhi must recommend imams.
  • Hospitality Management/Catering Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management/ Food Production.
  • Entrepreneurship and Management Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship.
  • Statistics Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Actuarial Science.
  • Procurement & Supply Chain Management Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management /Purchasing & Supplies Management.
  • Library and Information Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science.
  • Project Managers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Project Planning and Management.
  • Quantity Surveyors. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Survey and registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).
  • Oceanographers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography.
  • Dock Masters. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science.



  1.  Accounting/Finance/CPA II
  2. Aeronautical Engineering (A&E)
  3. Archives and Record Management
  4. Automotive Engineering
  5. Building and Construction
  6. Carpentry and Joinery
  7. Community Health & Development
  8. Community Health Nursing (KRCHN)
  9. Computer Science/Information Technology
  10. Counseling Psychology
  11. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  12. Electrical and Instrumentation/Control Engineering
  13. Human Resource Management
  14. Journalism (Print Journalist, Audio – Visual Producer)
  15. Marine Engineering
  16. Mechanical Engineering (Plant/Production)
  17. Medical Laboratory
  18. Music
  19. Painting/Coating Technology
  20. Para Legal
  21. Pharmaceutical Technology
  22. Plumbing and Pipe Fitting/Plumbing Technology
  23. Project Planning and Management
  24. Public Health/Environmental Science
  25. Purchasing and Supplies Management
  26. Radiography
  27. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning
  28. Research Skills Development
  29. Sales and Marketing (dd) Tailoring
  30. Telecommunication Engineering
  31. Warehouse/Store Keeping Management
  32. Welding & Fabrication


  1. Auto/Motor Vehicle Electrical
  2. Automotive/Motor Vehicle Mechanics
  3. Carpentry and Joinery
  4. Composite Manufacturing Technology
  5. Electrical and Electronics
  6. Marine/Ship Construction
  7. Masonry and Brick Laying
  8. Plant Mechanics
  9. Plant Operations (Heavy Plant/Crane/Forklift/Tug Operations)
  10. Plumbing and Pipe Fitting
  11. Welding and Fabrication

How to apply

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

The applications to reach the addressee 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.

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The KDF Recruiting Teams consisting of the Kenya Army, the Kenya Air Force, and the Kenya Navy will be visiting the Recruiting Centres (County Headquarters) as indicated below to recruit General Service Officers, General Duty Recruits and Defence Forces, Constables



Recruitment Centre

28 Oct 19


Kabarnet Show Ground

28 Oct 19


Bomet Stadium

28 Oct 19


Busia Stadium

28 Oct 19


Isiolo Stadium

28 Oct 19


Green Stadium

28 Oct 19


Kirigithi Stadium

28 Oct 19


Kisumu Stadium

28 Oct 19


Kitui Show Ground

28 Oct 19


Kwale Stadium

28 Oct 19


Nanyuki Stadium

28 Oct 19


Amu Island (Kibaki Grounds)

28 Oct 19


Machakos Stadium

28 Oct 19


Migori Stadium

28 Oct 19


Ihura Stadium

28 Oct 19


Afraha Stadium

28 Oct 19


Ol Kalou

28 Oct 19


Mwatate (Kenyatta High Sch Grounds)

28 Oct 19


Nithi Kathwana

28 Oct 19

Trans Nzoia​​

Kenyatta Stadium

28 Oct 19



28 Oct 19


Gishu 64 Stadium

28 Oct 19


Mbale (Kidundu Stadium)

28 Oct 19


Wajir Stadium

28 Oct 19

West Pokot​​


30 Oct 19


Kanduyi Stadium

30 Oct 19


Iten Stadium

30 Oct 19


Moi Stadium

30 Oct 19


Garissa TTC Grounds

30 Oct 19

Homa Bay​​

Homa Bay Stadium

30 Oct 19


KCB Grounds

30 Oct 19


Bukhungu Stadium

30 Oct 19


Alaskan Grounds

30 Oct 19


Kerugoya Stadium

30 Oct 19


Kisii Stadium

30 Oct 19



30 Oct 19


Moi Stadium

30 Oct 19


Marsabit Stadium

30 Oct 19


Kinoru Stadium

30 Oct 19


Tononoka Grounds

30 Oct 19


MISC (Kasarani)

30 Oct 19


Kipchoge Stadium

30 Oct 19


Narok Stadium

30 Oct 19


Nyamira Stadium

30 Oct 19


Ruringu Stadium

30 Oct 19


Maralal Stadium

30 Oct 19


Siaya MTC Grounds

30 Oct 19

Tana River​​

Hola Stadium

Ministry of Defense has cautioned that bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law. All persons presenting themselves for recruitment purposes with fake/falsified documents or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be arrested and prosecuted. If you accept to be conned, you will lose your money or property and go to jail; it has happened to many citizens during the last recruitments.

Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; NO ONE can influence the recruitment process. Report any suspicious activities to the nearest Police Station or a Military Camp. KDF recruitment is FREE TO ALL.

For more information visit www.mod.go.ke / Twitter @kdfinfo