Role of GSO Cadets in Kenya

Kenya Defence Forces Cadets undertakes their training at the Kenya Military Academy (KMA), which was formerly known as Armed Forces Training College (AFTC).

GSO Cadets in Kenya training encompasses theoretical, physical and mental training for selected personnel who are commissioned as Officers of the Kenya Defence Forces.

The senior most intake for General Service Officers (GSO) cadets “KMA 04” who are scheduled to commission on September 2020 are currently undertaking vigorous field training exercises. The cadets undertake various training exercises to sharpen their military skills in order to undertake any task assigned to them as young Officers upon completion of their training.

GSO Cadets in Kenya gain the position after gaining successful training in Lanet, Nakuru County.

GSO Cadets in Kenya Recruitment, Qualifications, Training

  1. The  Kenya  Defence  Forces  (KDF)  usually  announce  to  the  general  public  the recruitment  of  General  Service  Officer  (GSO)  Cadets,  Specialist  Officers,  General  Duty Recruits, Tradesmen/women and Constables  every year for recruitment exercise.
  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 recruitment. 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.

General Conditions

  1. The prospective  candidates willing to join the Kenya Defence Forces  MUST  meet the following conditions and academic qualifications:
  2. (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


Kenya cadets salary

fter the kdf salary  increment review in 2019, the  GSO Cadets in Kenya earn a salary of approximately Kshs. 70, 000 monthly with other allowances included.

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I attained B- in my kcse exam and am pursuing bachelor of arts in criminology and security management in a recognized University in kenya.will I be in a good position to join the military after completion of studies or?

Iam currently a form four student wishing to join kdf next year