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Salaries of KDF officers in Kenya

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  • As a new recruit, you can earn up to Ksh 7,172.
  • The monthly income for a Cadet in Kenya is Ksh 11,852, but as an Officer Cadet, you might earn Ksh 24,520. To be eligible for the Officer Cadet position, you must have served in the military for at least three years.
  • Private salaries range from Ksh 19,941 to Ksh 30,000, depending on the length of military service.
  • Depending on the length of service, Lance Corporals earn between Ksh 26,509 and Ksh 50,000.
  • A Corporal post will pay you Ksh 32,250, with the possibility of earning up to Ksh 70,000 if you have more military experience.
  • If you are fortunate enough to get to the rank of Captain, you will earn between Ksh73,182 and Ksh110,000.
  • Majors earn between Ksh 102,106 at the start of their careers and Ksh 150,000 at the pinnacle.
  • After a few years of military service, Lieutenant Colonels will be able to earn more than Ksh 130,735 and up to Ksh 180,000.
  • Colonels earn between Ksh 153,317 and Ksh 300,000.
  • If you work hard enough to become a Lieutenant-General, your starting salary will be Ksh 632,984, rising to Ksh 800,000 after a few years of service.
  • As a Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), you would be able to earn anywhere from Ksh 894,897 to the famous Ksh 1 million every month. Of course, not every cadet or even major will be able to become a Chief of Defense Forces; nonetheless, hard effort, dedication to work and country, and courage can be the ticket to the pinnacle of a military career.

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