Kenya Defence Forces Recruitment 2017

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF SERVICEMEN/WOMEN, CONSTABULARIES & TRADESMEN/WOMEN INTO THE KENYA DEFENCE FORCES 2017

REPUBLIC OF KENYA MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

1. The Kenya Defence Forces is pleased to announce to the general public the recruitment of Servicemen/women, Constabularies & Tradesmen/women which is scheduled to take place from 15 May to 14 June 2017 at various centres countrywide. Prospective candidates willing to join Kenya Defence Forces must satisfy the set conditions and requirements.

2. CORRUPTION. 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 last recruitments. Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; NO ONE can influence the recruitment process. Report any suspicious conmen to the nearest police station or a military camp. KDF recruitment is absolutely FREE TO ALL.

3. Citizens are further notified that recruitment is ONLY conducted at the advertised recruitment centres countrywide during the daytime before 1800 hrs (6 pm) on weekdays only. Successful candidates will be issued with calling letters at the recruitment centres by the Recruiting Officers. Any person purporting to recruit or issue an alleged calling letter away from a recruitment centre is a con person.

Recruitment of Servicemen/Women & Constabularies

4. The KDF Recruiting Teams consisting of the Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force and Kenya Navy will be visiting the recruiting centres to recruit Servicemen/women and Defence Forces Constabularies on dates and venues indicated.

5. All potential candidates reporting to the recruitment centres should come from the sub counties/divisions of their respective counties or districts. They should also bring with them current original National Identity card and academic certificates/testimonials. Photocopies/scanned ID cards and police abstracts will not be accepted.

6. Conditions

a. Servicemen/Women

(1) Must be 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 the time of recruitment and during the entire duration of training.
(8)Education: A minimum of mean grade D (plain) in KCSE for the general recruits.

b. Constabularies

(1) Be ex-Kenya Defence Forces Service Member
(2) Possess a Discharge Certificate of minimum “Very Good” in conduct.
(3) Must have served at least a 3 or 9 years’ colour service.
(4) Must be Kenyan citizens and should not have dual citizenship.
(5) Age – Below 52 years old.
(6)Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
(7)Have no criminal record.

6. TradesMen/Women

a. Prospective candidates willing to apply must satisfy the conditions and requirements given below.

(1) Must be Kenyan citizen 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.
(8) Education:
(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.
7. Vacancies

a. General Recruits.
b. Constabularies.
c. Tradesmen/women

(1) Diploma/Certificate
(a) Aeronautical Engineering (A&E and Avionics)
(b) Automation & 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 & 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) Medical 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
(2) Artisans
(a) Carpentry & Joinery
(b) Masonry
(c) Music
(d) Plant Operation
(e) Plumbing & Fitting
(f) Vehicle Mechanic
(g) Vehicle Electrician
8. Clear photocopies of relevant academic certificates and national ID card of the prospective Tradesmen/women must accompany their applications 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
NAIROBI – 00100

9. The application to reach the addressee on or before 21st May 2017. Shortlisted Tradesmen/women will be notified through the print media between 6th and 11th June 2017.

10. ITINERARY

Administration Police Kenya


Administration Police Service (A.P.)

Administration Police badge

The Administration Police is a 40,000 strong paramilitary police force in Kenya. Apart from the usual police roles, Administration Police Officers are also highly trained in Fieldcraft and Tactics, Jungle warfare, Ballistics, Forensics, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), as well as Border and Sea operations. In the event of war or emergency, the Administration Police is capable of being deployed to defend Kenya's sovereignty.

HISTORY
The origins of the Administration Police can be traced back to around 1902 when the British colonial authorities enacted the Village Headman Ordinance to enable penetration of the native areas and bring the natives into the money economy, enforce tax, control movement of people and livestock, regulate agriculture and execute other various social and economic regulations. The Headmen were in charge as Village Chiefs and reported to Regional Agents. A Headman enforced the Colonial Government's policies at village level with the assistance of local toughs and bullies who took up the role of Native Police. In 1929, the Tribal Police Ordinance was enacted to give legal backing and recognition to the Native Police. They were trained by their respective Regional Agents, most of whom had a military background, and also by elements of Kenya Police and the Kings African Rifles (KAR). In 1958, the Tribal Police Ordinance was revised to the Administration Police Act and the Force grew and developed into the present day Administration Police.



PRESENT-DAY
Today, the Administration Police undertakes national security duties and its operations tackle the current global concerns such as terrorism, illicit arms, human trafficking, illicit drugs trade, piracy among others. The functions of the Administrative Police Service are:

  • Preserve peace
  • Maintain law and order
  • Protect life and property 
  • Border control and border security 
  • Provide specialized stock theft prevention services
  • Protection of government property, vital installations, and strategic points
  • Coordinating and complementing Government agencies in conflict management and peace building
  • Apprehension of offenders

A.P. UNITS
Administration Police Officers receive their paramilitary training at the Administration Police Training College (APTC) in Embakasi. AP officers are then incorporated into the three major units of the Administration Police:

Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) - Also known as "Radi" which means lightning in Kiswahili, the Administration Police Rapid Deployment Unit is an elite emergency response unit capable of being deployed to any part of Kenya within a limited period to respond to emergencies or incidents that threaten security. This unit operates independently in their area of deployment so as not to affect normal operations of the Administration Police. AP officers in the Rapid Deployment Unit receive regular training, refresher courses and additional tactical training from the US Marines.

Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) - The Administration Police Rural Border Patrol Unit is mandated with providing security along Kenya's borders through interdiction of terrorism activities, control of small arms and reduction of cross-border crimes within and along ports of entry. RBPU has a training unit called the Border Patrol School with instructors who trained locally and abroad. The AP Border Patrol Unit has two more specialized subunits known as the Border and Sea Operations Team (BORSOPTS) and a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.

Security of Government Buildings Unit (SGB) - The Administration Police Security of Government Buildings Unit is charged with the responsibility of providing security to VIPs, Government buildings and installations, and the Government's cash in transit. Administration Police Officers in the SGB unit can also provide security to private firms subject to conditions of contract for the hiring of armed security personnel as stipulated in the Kenya Gazette.


RECRUITMENT
For recruitment into the Administration Police, the Government announces the nationwide National Police Service recruitment to the public through the media. The recruitment exercise is held on the same day throughout the Country and interested persons present themselves at their respective County's venue to be enlisted. Prospective candidates who wish to join must be Kenyan citizens (Kenyan I.D needed as proof), Aged between 18-28 years for KCSE holders & not more than 30 years for university graduates, should be fit in accordance to Police standards, have no criminal record (certificate of good conduct required), and females must not be pregnant. Candidates are also required to present a written application stating their preference to join the Administration Police and attach copies of their original certificates & testimonials.


GSU Officer Irene Wanjiku, Kenya's Best Police Woman Sharpshooter


Officer Irene Wanjiku from the General Service Unit (GSU) emerged the best woman at the Kenya National Police Service annual rifle shooting championships held at the Anti-Stock Theft Unit in Gilgil, Nakuru County on Nov 24, 2016.


Kenya General Service Unit Best Sharpshooter, Officer Irene Wanjiku

She reigned supreme with 582 points which added to the 9,851 points the General Service Unit Team amassed to retain the National Police Police Service rifle shooting championships title. The victory earned her a promotion from Constable to the rank of Corporal and she attributed her success to hard work and discipline.


GSU's Corporal Irene Wanjiku is carried after emerging the best overall in the women's category at the Kenya National Police Service annual rifle shooting championships 2016

The men's category of the championships was won by Sergeant Rashfold Mutegi from the Anti-Stock Theft Unit which saw him get elevated to the rank of Senior Sergeant. 



Most Powerful Military Countries in Africa

STRONGEST ARMIES IN AFRICA


These are the top African powers ranked by military strength. Factors considered in the ranking include budget allocated for defence, human resource, and the firepower owned by the countries.

01. South Africa


Defence Budget: $ 4,610,000,000
Active Frontline Personnel: 89,000
Active Reservists: 17,100
Tanks: 195     Aircraft: 231     Naval Vessels: 30

The Republic of South Africa is situated on the southernmost tip of the continent and is home to the strongest military in Africa. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is also one of the most modern and is well equipped with superior arms and equipment mostly made in South Africa; other African countries lack such industrial capability and large rely on foreign imports. The South African Navy is also one of the few maritime forces in Africa owning powerful warships such as 4 Frigates and 3 Submarines. 

02. Nigeria 


Defence Budget: $ 2,330,000,000
Active Frontline Personnel: 89,000
Active Reservists: 32,000
Tanks: 148     Aircraft: 110     Naval Vessels: 75


Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria is often referred to as the Giant of Africa. It is also the continent's largest economy with a $500 billion estimated GDP. The Nigerian Armed Forces are the second strongest in Africa and are equipped with a mix of superior American, European, Israeli and Chinese made arms and equipment. The country has also begun manufacturing its own military hardware such as the Igirigi Armored Personnel Carriers and the NNS Andoni warship. The Nigerian Navy also owns 2 Frigates.

03. Ethiopia



Defence Budget: $ 340,000,000
Active Frontline Personnel: 185,500
Active Reservists: 0
Tanks: 800     Aircraft: 80     Naval Vessels: 0

Ethiopia is Africa's longest independent country, its second-largest in terms of population and also one of the world's oldest countries. Situated in the Horn of Africa, the 1993 secession of Eritrea, its former province along the Red Sea, rendered the country landlocked hence the Ethiopian National Defence (ENDF), the third strongest in Africa, doesn't have a Navy. The military's inventory is largely dominated by USSR era made arms and equipment, however, Ethiopia also has a Defense Industry Sector that produces weaponry for the army.

04. Angola


Defence Budget: $ 4,150,000,000
Active Frontline Personnel: 90,000
Active Reservists: 30,000
Tanks: 244     Aircraft: 285     Naval Vessels: 57

A civil war which lasted for almost 3 decades and ended in 2002 has not deterred Angola from having the fourth strongest military in Africa. Situated in Southern Africa, the country has since been rebuilding itself using its large oil reserves. The Angolan Armed Forces also known as Forcas Armadas Angolanas (FAA) in Portuguese spoken in Angola operate a large amount of Soviet-era and Russian-made equipment.

05. Kenya 


KDF soldiers in Somalia

Defence Budget: $ 595,000,000
Active Frontline Personnel: 24,150
Active Reservists: 5,000
Tanks: 76     Aircraft: 131     Naval Vessels: 19

Kenya is situated on the equator on Africa's east coast. The country is the economic and transport hub of East Africa and since 2014 the World Bank has ranked it as a lower middle-income country due to its growth in GDP per capita. The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are the fifth strongest in Africa, a relatively small but lethal military and are the heroes responsible for liberating neighboring Somalia from the Al Shabaab terrorists. KDF is armed with foreign made arms and equipment but also stocks up on superior hardware manufactured locally in the state-owned Kenya Ordnance Factories Corporation.

06. DR Congo



Defence Budget: $ 162,000,000
Active Frontline Personnel: 155,000
Active Reservists: 1,500
Tanks: 200     Aircraft: 41     Naval Vessels: 20

The Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa is vast and well endowed with immense natural resource wealth but unfortunately, the country's economy is struggling due to corruption and a civil war that has claimed up to 6 million lives. The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) is Africa's sixth strongest military but most of the equipment in their inventory is said to be old, obsolete and unserviceable.  

Recruitment of General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets & Specialist Officers into Kenya Defence Forces 2015

The Ministry of Defence is pleased to announce the recruitment of General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets & Specialist Officers into the Kenya Defence Forces for the year 2015.

Bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law. All persons presenting themselves for recruitment 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/property and be jailed; it has happened to many during last recruitments. Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; NO ONE can influence the recruitment process. Recruitment of personnel into KDF is absolutely FREE FOR ALL KENYAN CITIZENS.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Prospective candidates who wish to apply must possess the following relevant requirements:
  • Candidates must be Kenyan citizens
  • Aged between 18-26 yrs, Should be physically and medically fit in accordance with KDF standards
  • Have no criminal record 
  • Minimum height 5ft 3in ( 5' 3" ),
  • Minimum weight for men 54.55 kg & 50 kg for women
  • Female candidates must not be pregnant

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of mean grade B (plain) in KCSE up to university degree with minimum subject grade of C+ (plus) in English, Mathematics and in any one of the Pure Sciences (Physics, Chemistry or Biology). 

Those aspiring to join KDF as GSO Cadets should note that the initial training period will cover three continuous years leading to a BSC in Military Science on completion.

Specialist Officers
A minimum of mean grade B (plain) in KCSE and an undergraduate degree from a recognised Institution or University. Must be registered with the relevant statutory body where applicable and minimum 2 years working experience.


SPECIALIST OFFICERS VACANCIES

Medical Officers
Must have a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCh.B) Degree and registere with the Medical Practitioners Board (MPDB).

Dentists
Must have a Bachelor of Dentistry degree and be registered with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).

Lawyers
Must have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and a post-graduate diploma from Kenya school of Law, must be admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and be in possession of a valid current practicing certificate.

Architects
Must have a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree and be registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).

Electrical Engineers
Must have a BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering or Bachelor of Technology Degree and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

Mechanical Engineers
Must have a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering or BSc. in Production Engineering Degree and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

Marine Engineers
Must have a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering or BSc. in Production Engineering Degree and be registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB).

IT Specialists
Must have a BSc. in Statistics Degree with Information Technology.


Chaplains/Imams
  • Roman Catholic Chaplains: Must have a professional degree and be an ordained priest. 
  • Anglican Church Chaplains: Must have a professional degree and be an ordained priest. 
  • Muslim Imams: Must have a professional degree and be a qualified Imam.

Material Estimate Officer

Must have a Bachelor of Quantity Surveying Degree and be registered with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS).

Communication/IT
Must have a BSc. in Information and Communication Technology.

The initial military training for Specialist Officers will take four months. 



How to Apply

Clear photocopies of relevant and genuine academic certificates and national identity card must be attached 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
Nairobi - 00100

Should reach him on or before 14th August 2015. Candidates who will be shortlisted for GSO Cadets / Specialist Officers shall be notified through the print media between 15th Sep - 19th Sep 2015.