KDF officially announces countrywide recruitment. Check out the application procedure and deadline

In an announcement dated Tuesday, October 26, the Ministry of Defence noted that it was seeking to recruit General Service Officer Cadets (Graduate degree holders), Specialist Officers, General Duty Recruits, Tradesmen and women, and Defence Forces Constables.


The public is notified that the recruitment exercise is scheduled to take place in the month of November 2021 and will take place across the country on designated dates,” the advert read.


Minimum Academic Qualifications

General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets

Must hold a minimum mean grade of B (Plain) in KCSE with C+ (Plus) in English, Mathematics, and one Science subject.



The training period for this category will cover three years leading to a BSc degree in Military Science and Security Studies upon completion.


Specialist Officers

Must hold the minimum requirement to qualify as GSO Cadet, 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 relevant disciplines.

The training period for Specialist Officers will be six months.


Servicemen/women (General Duty) Recruits


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



Prospective candidates willing to apply must satisfy the conditions and requirements given below:

Diploma holders.

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.


Certificate holders.

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.


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



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


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


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


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

Application procedure 

Interested applicants for the position of Specialist Officer and Tradesmen/women are urged to apply online by logging in to applications.mod.go.ke.


The application submission will close on November 14, and the shortlisted candidates will be notified through print media between November 21 to November 27.


The Ministry informs the public that the KDF recruiting team will consist of the Kenya Army, the Kenya Air Force, and the Kenya Navy who will be visiting the recruitment centers for the recruitment exercise.

Below is the official advertisement



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