2019 KDF Cadet vacancies; Full details on the 2019 Kenya Defence Forces Cadet Recruitment

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1.      The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) is pleased to announce to the general public the recruitment of General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets, Specialist Officers, General Duty Recruits, Tradesmen/women and Constables which is scheduled to take place in the month of October and November 2019.

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 past recruitments. Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; NO ONE can influence the recruitment process. Report any suspicious activities to the nearest Police Station or a Military Camp. KDF recruitment is absolutely FREE TO ALL.

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

a.      General Conditions

(1)    Be Kenyan citizen with no dual citizenship.

(2)    Be in possession of a valid Kenyan National Identity Card. (4 Copies of National Identity Card and PIN certificate)

(3)    Age – between 18 and 26 years old for GSO Cadets, General Duty Recruits and Tradesmen/women with Certificate/Government Trade Test, not above 30 years for Specialist Officers, Tradesmen/women with Diploma, and not above 39 years for Chaplains/Imams.

(4)    Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.

(5)    Have no criminal record.

(6)    Minimum Height:

(a)   Men                 1.60m (5ft 3in).

(b)   Women            1.52m (5ft).

(7)    Minimum Weight:

(a)   Men                 54.55 Kg (120 lb).

(b)   Women            50.00 Kg (110 lb).

(8)    Female candidates must NOT be pregnant at the time of recruitment and during the entire duration of training.

b.      Minimum Academic Qualifications

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

(2)    Specialist Officers. Must hold a minimum mean grade of B (Plain) in KCSE with at least C+ (Plus) in English, Mathematics and one science subject. Must be a holder of an undergraduate degree from a recognized University/institution and be registered with a statutory body where applicable. The training period for Specialist Officers will not be less than three months.

(3)     Servicemen/women (General Duty) Recruits. Must hold a minimum mean grade of D (plain) in KCSE.

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

(a)   Technicians. 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)   Artisans.  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.

(5)    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 at  least     9  years  Colour  Service for  retired honourably from KDF.

4.     Vacancies

a.      General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets

b.      Specialist Officers. In addition to the minimum academic qualifications, Specialist Officers must posses’ qualifications and where necessary be registered with the relevant Statutory Bodies for the vacancies below:

(1)    Medical Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of
Surgery and be registered with Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).

(2)    Pharmacists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB).

(3)    Nursing Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and be registered with the Nursing Council of Kenya (NCK).

(4)    Dentists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery and be registered with the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (MPDB).

(5)    Laboratory Technologists. Must hold a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology/Medical Laboratory Science.

(6)    Counselling  Psychologists.  Must  hold  at  least  a  Bachelor’s  degree  in Counselling Psychology.

(7)    Public Health Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health/Environmental Science.

(8)    Cyber Security/Digital Forensic/IT Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of   Science   degree   in   Computer   Science/Information   Technology/Software Engineering/Networking. Certification in Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical hacking or Information Security analysis will be added advantage.

(9)    Engineers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical, Electrical   &   Electronics,   Telecommunication,   Instrumentation   and   Control, Mechanical,   Marine,   Biomedical,   Naval   Architecture   and   Mechatronics Engineering and be registered with the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK).

(10) Journalists. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication majoring either in Broadcast Production or Public Relations with at least two (2) years working experience.

(11) Lawyers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized University, be an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, hold a current and valid practicing certificate with at least two (2) years practicing experience. Experience in litigation will be an added advantage.

(12) Physical Training Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science or Bachelor of Education (Physical Education).

(13) Finance/Accounting Officers. Must hold at least a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance/Accounting option).

(14) Music Specialists. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in Music.

(15) Chaplains/Imams.  Must  hold  a  Bachelor’s  degree  in  Theology/Islamic studies from a recognized Institution. Protestant Churches and Roman Catholic Chaplains must be ordained Ministers and  recommended by Archbishop and Episcopal Conference respectively. Imams must be recommended by the Chief Kadhi.

(16) Hospitality Management/Catering Officers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management/ Food Production.

(17) Entrepreneurship  and  Management  Officers.  Must  hold  a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship.

(18) Statistics  Officers.  Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Actuarial Science.

(19) Procurement  &  Supply  Chain  Management  Officers.  Must  hold  a Bachelor’s degree in Procurement and Supply Chain Management /Purchasing & Supplies Management.

(20) Library and Information Officers. Must hold at least Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science.

(21) Project Managers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Project Planning and Management.

(22) Quantity Surveyors. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Survey and registered  with  Board  of  Registration  of  Architects  and  Quantity  Surveyors (BORAQS).

(23) Oceanographers. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography.

(24) Dock Masters. Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science.

5.     Tradesmen/women

(1)    Diploma

(a)    Accounting/Finance/CPA II

(b)    Aeronautical Engineering (A&E)

(c)    Archives and Record Management

(d)    Automotive Engineering

(e)    Building and Construction

(f)     Carpentry and Joinery

(g)    Community Health & Development

(h)    Community Health Nursing (KRCHN)

(i)     Computer Science/Information Technology

(j)     Counseling Psychology

(k)    Electrical and Electronics Engineering

(l)     Electrical and Instrumentation/Control Engineering

(m)   Human Resource Management

(n)    Journalism (Print Journalist, Audio – Visual Producer)

(o)    Marine Engineering

(p)    Mechanical Engineering (Plant/Production)

(q)    Medical Laboratory

(r)     Music

(s)     Painting/Coating Technology

(t)     Para Legal

(u)    Pharmaceutical Technology

(v)    Plumbing and Pipe Fitting/Plumbing Technology

(w)   Project Planning and Management

(x)    Public Health/Environmental Science

(y)    Purchasing and Supplies Management

(z)    Radiography

(aa)  Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

(bb) Research Skills Development

(cc)  Sales and Marketing

(dd) Tailoring

(ee)  Telecommunication Engineering

(ff)   Warehouse/Store Keeping Management

(gg) Welding & Fabrication

(2)    Certificate

(a)   Auto/Motor Vehicle Electrical

(b)   Automotive/Motor Vehicle Mechanics

(c)   Carpentry and Joinery

(d)   Composite Manufacturing Technology

(e)   Electrical and Electronics

(f)    Marine/Ship Construction

(g)    Masonry and Brick Laying

(h)    Plant Mechanics

(j)     Plant Operations (Heavy Plant/Crane/Forklift/Tug Operations)

(k)    Plumbing and Pipe Fitting

(l)     Welding and Fabrication

6.     Clear photocopies of relevant academic certificates and current National Identity Card (ID) MUST be attached to 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 – 00100, NAIROBI

7.     The applications to reach the addressee on or before 7th November 2019. Candidates who will be shortlisted for Specialist Officers and Tradesmen/women shall be notified through the print media from 17th to 23rd November 2019.


8.     The KDF Recruiting Teams consisting of the Kenya Army, the Kenya Air Force and the Kenya Navy will be visiting the Recruiting Centres (County Headquarters) as indicated below to recruit General Service Officers, General Duty Recruits and Defence Forces Constables.

Date County Recruitment Centre
(a) (b) (c)
28 Oct 19 Baringo Kabarnet Show Ground
28 Oct 19 Bomet Bomet Stadium
28 Oct 19 Busia Busia Stadium
28 Oct 19 Isiolo Isiolo Stadium
28 Oct 19 Kericho Green Stadium
28 Oct 19 Kiambu Kirigithi Stadium
28 Oct 19 Kisumu Kisumu Stadium
28 Oct 19 Kitui Kitui Show Ground
28 Oct 19 Kwale Kwale Stadium
28 Oct 19 Laikipia Nanyuki Stadium
28 Oct 19 Lamu Amu Island (Kibaki Grounds)
28 Oct 19 Machakos Machakos Stadium
28 Oct 19 Migori Migori Stadium
28 Oct 19 Muranga Ihura Stadium
28 Oct 19 Nakuru Afraha Stadium
28 Oct 19 Nyandarua Ol Kalou
28 Oct 19 Taita/Taveta Mwatate (Kenyatta High Sch Grounds)
28 Oct 19 Tharaka Nithi Kathwana
28 Oct 19 Trans Nzoia Kenyatta Stadium
28 Oct 19 Turkana Lodwar
28 Oct 19 Uasin Gishu 64 Stadium
28 Oct 19 Vihiga Mbale (Kidundu Stadium)
28 Oct 19 Wajir Wajir Stadium
28 Oct 19 West Pokot Kapenguria
30 Oct 19 Bungoma Kanduyi Stadium
30 Oct 19 Elgeyo/Marakwet Iten Stadium
30 Oct 19 Embu Moi Stadium
30 Oct 19 Garissa Garissa TTC Grounds
30 Oct 19 Homa Bay Homa Bay Stadium
30 Oct 19 Kajiado KCB Grounds
30 Oct 19 Kakamega Bukhungu Stadium
30 Oct 19 Kilifi Alaskan Grounds
30 Oct 19 Kirinyaga Kerugoya Stadium
30 Oct 19 Kisii Kisii Stadium
30 Oct 19 Makueni Wote
30 Oct 19 Mandera Moi Stadium
30 Oct 19 Marsabit Marsabit Stadium
30 Oct 19 Meru Kinoru Stadium
30 Oct 19 Mombasa Tononoka Grounds
30 Oct 19 Nairobi MISC (Kasarani)
30 Oct 19 Nandi Kipchoge Stadium
30 Oct 19 Narok Narok Stadium
30 Oct 19 Nyamira Nyamira Stadiun
30 Oct 19 Nyeri Ruringu Stadium
30 Oct 19 Samburu Maralal Stadium
30 Oct 19 Siaya Siaya MTC Grounds
30 Oct 19 Tana River Hola Stadium

For more information visit www.mod.go.ke / Twitter @kdfinfo

KDF recruitment is absolutely FREE TO ALL.