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KDF Announces 2021 Mass Recruitment of Cadets, Specialists Officers; Requirements

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is pleased to announce to the public the recruitment of General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets, General  Service Officer (GSO) Cadets (Graduate degree holders), Specialist  Officers, General Duty Recruits, Tradesmen/women and Defence  Forces Constables, which is scheduled to take place in the month of  November 2021.

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Interested candidates for Specialist Officers and Tradesmen/women  are advised to apply by logging in https://applications.mod.go.ke. The applications MUST be submitted online not later than  14 November 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified through  the print media between 21st to 27th November 2021.

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

a. General Conditions  

  • Be a Kenyan citizen.
  • Be in possession of a valid Kenyan National Identity Card  (ID). Additionally; four (4) copies of National Identity Card  and PIN Certificate will be required.
  • Be within the following age brackets:
  1. Between 18 and 26 years for GSO Cadets and General  Duty Recruits. 
  2. Not above 30 years of age for Specialist Officers and  Tradesmen/women with Certificate/Government Trade  Test. 
  3. Not above 39 years of age for Chaplains/Imams and  Medical Consultants. 
  • Have no criminal record. 
  • Candidates must meet the following minimum physical  requirements: 
  1. Minimum Height:  

(1) Men 1.60m (5ft 3in). 

(2) Women 1.52m (5ft). 

  1. Minimum Weight: 

(1) Men 54.55 Kg (120 lb). 

(2) 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 and during the entire duration of training.
  • Medical. Candidates must be medically fit and Skin must be  healthy devoid of large or deep scars and tattoos.
  •  Specialist Officers and Tradesmen/women should have a  minimum of two (2) years practising experience in their  field of specialisation from the date of registration with the  relevant regulatory/statutory body in Kenya.

Minimum Academic Qualifications 

(1) General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets. Must hold a  minimum mean grade of B (Plain) in KCSE with C+ (Plus) in  English, Mathematics and one (1) Science subject. The  training period for this category will cover three (3) years  leading to a BSc degree in Military Science and Security  Studies upon completion. 

(2) General Service Officer (GSO) Cadet – Graduate Degree  Holders. Must hold the minimum requirement to qualify as  GSO Cadet in Para 3.b.(1) above and be a degree holder  from a recognized University/Institution in any of the  disciplines listed at Para 4.b. The training period for this  category will be twelve (12) months. 

(3) Specialist Officers.

Must hold the minimum requirement to  qualify as GSO Cadet in Para 3.b.(1) above except for  Chaplains/Imams who must hold a minimum mean grade of  C+ (Plus) in KCSE. Must be a degree holder from a  recognized University/Institution and be registered with a  regulatory/statutory body where applicable in any of the  disciplines listed at Para 4.c. The training period for  Specialist Officers will be six (6) months. 

(4) Servicemen/women (General Duty) Recruits.

Must hold a  minimum mean grade of D (plain) in KCSE. 

(5) Tradesmen/women. Prospective candidates willing to  apply must satisfy the conditions and requirements given  below: 

(a) Diploma. 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. 

(b) Certificate. 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. 

(c) National Youth Service (NYS) trained Technicians or Artisans who meet the above requirements are encouraged to apply. 

(6) Constables 

(a) Be a retired Kenya Defence Forces Service Member or  a retired National Youth Serviceman/woman.  

(b) Be between the ages of 30 and 55 years old for retired  KDF and between 35 and 45 years old for retired NYS. 

(c) Possess a Discharge Certificate with a minimum rating  of “Very Good” in conduct. 

(d) Must have served for nine (9) years Colour Service and  retired honourably from KDF. 

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