The Kenyan Army is happy to inform the public that it is seeking qualified people for a variety of positions within the organization. To apply for the recruitment program, please see the Kenya Army Recruitment Application Guide below.
Below is an overview of the recruitment program:
About the Kenyan Army
The Kenya Army is believed to have originated from the King’s African Rifles and was formed in the East African region during the last quarter of the 19th century. This period was marked by active British involvement in the enforcement of the abolition of the slave trade in East Africa, with the help of the Sultan of Zanzibar and other European nations. The British established the Imperial British East Africa Company to take care of their interests and expand their interests, and the first indigenous land forces in Kenya were traced back to the Ottoman Empire.
In 1873, Sultan Seyyid Barghash signed the final treaty to abolish the slave trade in all his dominions, granting the task of enforcing the abolition to the British Royal Navy Fleet under Admiral Freeman Tie. To achieve this, the British Resident Consul, Sir John Kirk, and the Sultan established a reliable land force that could be used in the hinterland.
Kenya Army Recruitment
The Army’s principal objective is to defend the country against external land-based assault. The Keyan Army Recruitment is free to anyone who wishes to join.
Interested candidates must be willing to work alone, as well as with a team.
Is the Kenyan Army Recruitment Ongoing?
Yes. The Kenyan Army is accepting applications from interested applicants who wish to take up several roles in the agency.
Kenya Army Recruitment Category
The Kenya Army Recruiting Teams will be visiting the recruitment centers listed below to recruit the following:
- General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets,
- General Service Officer Cadets – Graduate degree holders,
- General Duty Recruits, and
- Defence Forces Constables
Kenya Army Recruitment Minimum Requirements
To qualify for the Kenyan Army Recruitment Program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a Kenyan citizen.
- Have a valid Kenyan National Identity Card (ID). Additionally, four (4) copies of the National Identity Card and PIN Certificate
- Be between 18 and 26 years for GSO Cadets and General Duty Recruits.
- Not above 30 years of age for Specialist Officers and Tradesmen/women with Certificate/Government Trade Test.
- Not above 39 years of age for Chaplains/Imams and Medical Consultants.
- Minimum Height: Men – 60m (5ft 3in), Women – 52m (5ft)
- Minimum Weight: Men – 54.55 Kg (120 lb), Women – 50.00 Kg (110 lb)
- Body Mass Index (BMI) MUST be below 30
- Female candidates must not be pregnant at the time of recruitment or during the training period.
- Medical candidates must be physically fit, and their skin must not have large or deep scars and tattoos.
- Specialist Officers and Tradesmen/women must have at least two (2) years of experience in their field of specialization from the date of registration with the applicable regulatory/statutory body in Kenya.
- A copy of your ID card, back and front (PDF or JPEG)
- Certificate of completion of the KCSE (PDF)
- Master’s degree, Diploma, and professional certificates (PDF)
- Your most recent Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume (PDF)
How to Apply for KDF Recruitment
- Go to the Kenya Army Recruitment portal.
- Log in or create an account if you are a new user.
- Fill out the application form.
- Upload supporting documents.