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  • KDF Cadet Recruitment 2019

  • Posted on: 15 October, 2019 Deadline: 7 November, 2019
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  • The Kenya Defence Forces is pleased to announce to the general public the recruitment of Servicemen/women, Tradesmen/women and Constables which is scheduled to take place from 19 November to 19 December 2018 at various centres countrywide. Prospective candidates willing to join Kenya Defence Forces must satisfy the set conditions and requirements.

    Project Managers


    Job Requirement

    Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Project Planning and Management.


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    Quantity Surveyors


    Job Requirement

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



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    Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Oceanography.


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    Dock Masters


    Job Description

    Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Nautical Science.

    General Conditions

    • Be Kenyan citizen with no dual citizenship.
    • Be in possession of a valid Kenyan National Identity Card. (4 Copies of National Identity Card and PIN certificate)
    • 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.
    • Be physically and medically fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
    • Have no criminal record.
    • Minimum Height:
      1. Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).
      2. Women 1.52m (5ft).
    • Minimum Weight:
      1. Men 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
      2. Women 50.00 Kg (110 lb).

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

    Minimum Academic Qualifications

    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.

    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.

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

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

    1. 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.
    2. 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.


    • 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 at least 9 years Colour Service for retired honourably from KDF.

    Method of Application

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    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

    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.

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