The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Salaries are reviewed every four years. The harmonisation of the KDF salaries in the four-year cycle is done by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission(SRC) in conjunction with KDF for job evaluation meaning in KDF, There is no salary increment, it’s harmonisation.


  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.
  1.  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.
  1. The prospective  candidates willing to join the Kenya Defence Forces  MUST  meet the following conditions and academic qualifications:
  1. 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.

(a) Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).
(b) Women 1.52m (5ft).

(6)    Minimum Height:

(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.

  1. 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

  1. Vacancies

(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  and  retired honourably from KDF.

  1. a. General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets
  1.  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


(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.

  1. 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)    Clinical Medicine and Surgery

(l)     Electrical and Electronics Engineering

(m)   Electrical and Instrumentation/Control Engineering

(n)    Human Resource Management

(o)    Journalism (Print Journalist, Audio – Visual Producer) (p)    Marine Engineering

(q)    Mechanical Engineering (Plant/Production) (r)     Medical Laboratory

(s)     Music

(t)     Painting/Coating Technology

(u)    Para Legal

(v)    Pharmaceutical Technology

(w)   Plumbing and Pipe Fitting/Plumbing Technology

(x)    Project Planning and Management

(y)    Public Health/Environmental Science

(z)    Purchasing and Supplies Management

(aa)  Radiography

(bb)  Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

(cc)  Research Skills Development

(dd)  Sales and Marketing

(ee)  Tailoring

(ff)   Telecommunication Engineering

(gg)  Warehouse/Store Keeping Management

(hh)  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

  1. 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


  1. 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.


  1. 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

——–END OF 2019/2020 ADVERTISEMENT—————–

Kenya Army Salary Structure, Army Officer Salary, Ranks In Kenya Defence Force And Salaries, Kenya Armed Forces Salaries, KDF Basic Salary, Kenya Administration Police Salary

Kenya Army Salary Scales

A lot of military information all over the world is always classified, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) not exceptional.
However, the amount of money Kenyan soldiers serving has been revealed

After the European Union cut its funding to AMISOM by 20 percent early this year, the mission receives €20 million (Sh224 Million) every month.

The funds are meant to pay the troops monthly stipends at $1,028 (Sh103, 828) a month.

A Kenya Defence Forces soldier, however, takes home $828 (Sh83,628) after an administration fee of $200 (Sh20,200) is deducted by the government.

What is not clear is whether the AMISOM’s earnings are separate from the usual salary soldiers receive in their respective countries.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the salaries could go up following a recent deal between the EU and the African Union.

The EU agreed to settle Sh20 billion in troops allowances for between January-September 2016.

The mission in Somalia requires about $300 Million (Sh30.2 Billion) for its entire operations.

Ranks in Kenya Defence Force (KDF) and Salaries

According to the 2011 salary structure which excluded allowances, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) was entitled to Sh894,897, Lieutenant-Generals receive Sh632,984 while brigadiers are paid Sh171,509.

Colonels get a monthly pay of Sh153,317,  Lt-Colonels Sh130,735, Majors Sh102,106 and Captains Sh73,182. A Corporal receives Sh32,250, Lance Corporals get Sh26,509 and Privates Sh19,941.

KDF Allowances

A new recruit can expect to earn Sh7,172. The most junior officer – a cadet – starts at Sh11,852 while an Officer Cadet who has served three years earns Sh24,520 in allowances.


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