The Kenya Defense Forces – KDF that comprises the Kenya Army, Kenya Airforce and Kenya Navy has today launched a recruitment exercise aiming at recruiting 4400 officers to serve in six different categories of the forces. Speaking during the launching exercise held at the KDF headquarters, the vice chief of the defense forces Lieutenant General Franklin Levi Mghalu said that the exercise that has officially kicked off today will comprise the categories of General Service Officers (GSO) Cadets, General Service Officers (GSO) Cadets Undergraduate, Specialist Officer Cadets, General Duty (GD) recruits, Tradesmen/women and Defense Forces Constables. He said that the Kenya Defence Forces has mapped out 327 recruitment centres across all the 47 counties with presence in the 327 gazetted sub-counties.
“During this year’s recruitment exercise, approximately 4,400 Kenyans will get an opportunity to join the Kenya Defense Forces,” said Lt Mghalu at the officers Mess where the exercise was conducted. Prospective candidates who are willing to join the KDF must meet the set out conditions and academic qualifications including being Kenyan Citizens with no dual citizenship, be in possession of a valid Kenyan National identity card. They should be aged between 18 and 26 years old for GSO cadets, GD recruits and Tradesmen/women with certificate/Government Trade Test.
Specialist officers, Tradesmen /Women with diploma should not be above 30 years old while chaplains/Imams should not be above 39 years. The candidates must be physically fit in accordance with KDF standards, have no criminal records and for retired KDF service members, retired National Youth Service (NYS) servicemen and women who wish to join the KDF as constables should be aged between ages of 30 and 55 years and 35 and 45 years respectively. The exercise kicks off today 8th February 2021 and ends on 19th February 2021 in different sub counties as stipulated in the previous advertisement outlining each sub county with its date of recruitment.
Caution against malpractice and bribery
As the exercise kicks off, members of the public have been cautioned against engaging in bribery and other malpractices with the intention of securing chances to join the forces. “It is unfortunate that many Kenyans have in the past fallen prey to unscrupulous conmen masquerading as KDF officers promising to secure them placement in the military,” noted Lt Mghalu. He pointed out that the KDF is now working closely with other government agencies to curb the malpractices and bribery practices that take place during such exercise. “Kenyans are advised that bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law and should anyone give a bribe with the aim of securing a place during this recruitment exercise, they will have themselves to blame,” added Lt Mghalu. He further revealed that in the previous recruitment conducted in November 2019 a total of 106 cases of bribery and corruption were reported out of which 101 involved civilians while 5 cases involved service personnel. The 101 were arraigned in court and some of them are still ongoing while the service personnel proven to have participated in the malpractices were dealt with in accordance with the KDF act 2012.