KDF Recruitment 2018-2019 Dates and Centres – Kenya Defence forces

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KDF has advertised the recruitment dates for 2018. We shall update you on 2018 KDF Recruitment List of KDF Shortlisted General Service Officer (GSO) Cadets and Specialist Officers after the Advertisement for Recruitment of General Recruits, Constabularies and Tradesmen/Women into The Kenya Defence Forces 2018 Recruitment Dates and Centres.

2018 Advertisement for Recruitment of Service Members, Constabularies and Tradesmen/women into the Kenya Defence Forces – KDF Recruitment

Below are usually the requirements for KDF Recruitment.

1. The Kenya Defence always announce to the general public when there will be a recruitment of servicemen/women, constabularies, and tradesmen/women through its official website and media. The advertisement includes the dates for the recruitment to take place and various centres countrywide for the exercise.

Prospective candidates wishing to join Kenya Defence Forces must satisfy the conditions and requirements given below.

2. Corruption.
Bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law.
All persons presenting themselves for recruitment purposes at any centre with fake/ falsified calling letters, identity cards, academic certificates etc. or caught engaging in any corrupt activity shall be arrested and prosecuted.
If you accept to be conned, you will lose your money and go to jail; it happened to many during the last recruitment.
Do not waste your money and risk imprisonment; No one can influence the recruitment process.
Report any suspicious activities/conmen to the nearest police station or a military camp. KDF recruitment is absolutely free to all.
3. Citizens are further notified that recruitment is only conducted at the advertised recruitment centres countrywide during daytime before 1800 hours (6pm) on weekdays. Successful candidates will be issued with calling letters at the recruitment centres by the recruiting officers.
Any person purporting to recruit or issue an alleged calling letter away from a recruitment centre will be doing so fraudulently.
4. Recruitment of General Recruits and Constabularies
a. The KDF Recruiting Teams consisting of Kenya Army, Kenya Air Force, Kenya Navy and Defence Forces Constabulary will be visiting the recruiting centres as indicated below to recruit Servicemen/ Women, Defence Forces Constabularies on dates indicated.
b. All potential candidates reporting to the recruitment centres should come from the sub counties/ divisions of their respective counties and districts.
They should also bring with them current original national identity card and academic certificates/ testimonials.
ID photocopies/ scanned and police abstract will not be accepted.
The recruitment exercise will be absolutely Free.

C. Conditions for Servicemen/women

(1) Must be Kenyan citizens.
(2) Age: Between 18 and 26 years old.
(3) Be physically and mentally fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
(4) Have no criminal record.
(5) Minimum Height:
(a) Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).
(b) Women 1.52m (5ft)
(6) Minimum weight:
(a) Men: 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
(b) Women: 50.00 Kg (110 lb).
7. Female candidates must Not be pregnant at recruitment and during training.
8. Education: A minimum of mean grade D (plain) in KCSE for the general recruits.
Tradesmen / Women
a. Prospective candidates wishing to apply must satisfy the conditions and requirements given below.
(1) Must be Kenyan citizens.
(2) Age: Between 18 and 26 years old.
(3) Be physically and mentally fit in accordance with the KDF standards.
(4) Have no criminal record.
(5) Minimum Height:
(a) Men 1.60m (5ft 3in).
(b) Women 1.52m (5ft)
(6) Minimum weight:
(c) Men: 54.55 Kg (120 lb).
(d) Women: 50.00 Kg (110 lb).
(7) Female candidates must Not be pregnant at recruitment and during training.
(1) Education – Qualifications & Requirements:
(a) Technicians:
A minimum of mean grade C (plain) in KCSE, a relevant Diploma or above from a recognized Institution and be a registered with the relevant statutory bodies, where applicable,
(b) Catechist:
Must have a minimum of C – (minus) in KCSE, a Diploma in Catechetical studies from a recognized catechetical college/ institute and should not be beyond 35 years of age.
(c) Artisans:
A minimum of mean grade D + (plus) in KCSE and either a relevant certificate with Government Trade Test Grade II or Craft II from a recognized Institution.


  1. Anthony

    January 14, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    hello can a D- join the kenya army?

    • meshack

      January 15, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      nt realy

    • francis mwiti mutema

      January 19, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      I managed to get D- ,but i have done plant operator/mechanics from NYS and I would like to join kdf, am totally orphan so help mi please


      January 20, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Am Paul Kamau, asking or a D-day student can join KDF

    • peter saul

      February 8, 2018 at 10:49 am

      pray ur God u might get it its lucky just try.

  2. Francis

    January 14, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Am so interested to join this military but I’ve one problem that…that in my education level will not allow me, i join my high school up to form three and fail to complete due to luck of fee advice pliz.
    100% i can fit this all. Kindly advice thank you.

    • simon kamaa

      February 16, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      Go back to school first….its not too late

  3. Jackson

    January 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I have the sports. in may legs I’d it a big problem

    • Doreen

      January 16, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      My husband finished four some yrs down the line, he’s 28 yrs old and he wants to be acadet. Has a B+

      • joshua

        January 31, 2018 at 1:47 pm

        he can apply for cadet mostly advertised on august/September


    January 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    I did My KCSE 2012 where I managed C. plain but the time I go for recruitment only 4 people are selected of which I guess there’s fraud . As am totally tired of it can it this time be fair to very marginalized families who can’t afford even a cup of water during the day of recruitment like me?

    • Wallace okello

      February 9, 2018 at 10:37 am

      Keep on trying your chance is there

  5. jacinta gacheri

    January 14, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    can I get other means to join kdf rather than going in the field?

  6. Aoro Kennedy Onyango

    January 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    2018 will be my fourth time to try this getting into KDF bt l love this job…hope God will have mercy on me…God bless KDF

  7. Jared

    January 14, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Am a old kcpe candidate in 2002, & I love this job so much, can I get only one chance?

  8. kelvin

    January 14, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    have tried 3 times now from 2014 unsuccessful. I feel tired

  9. Stephen miriri

    January 15, 2018 at 1:00 am

    do you use online applications so that I can fill online forms?if there is a link please send it to through my email

  10. marenga davies

    January 15, 2018 at 7:05 am

    I did my kcse last year and have dreamt of joining kdf because of my love towards it my almighty God help me to be selected long live kdf

  11. salim aswan

    January 15, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Thanks,all be joinng you in 2018..God bless Kenya_God protect KDF

    • Justus keya

      February 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      Kindly may I know the dates for the recruitment

  12. wazir muhindi

    January 15, 2018 at 7:11 am

    my pleasure is to join the KDF forces.and for me I believe one day I’ll be able to work with my other men’s and women of the Kenya defence forces.2018 it will be now my fourth time but I ll give up because I love career and its my dream job.thanks and God bless every soldier and all people at large

  13. Kevin Otieno

    January 15, 2018 at 8:41 am

    I have been trying severally but i will never be tired of trying God’s time is the best.

  14. PAPA

    January 15, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I have A diploma in Electrical Engineering power-option, will it give me an advantage?

  15. Mallon

    January 15, 2018 at 11:47 am

    am 22 yrs intrested to join kdf department,and i have all required documents,also being treined paramilitary treining in National Youth on my seccond pillar and wishing to join KDF kindly give me the way forwad.Thenk you.


      January 31, 2018 at 8:06 pm

      Kdf is all i wish in m’y life av all the qualifications needed but i dont the exact dates for recruitment… me please

  16. Kipkorir Jeremiah Bett

    January 15, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I did my KCSE on 2016,and I managed to get D- due to some fee problem,actually I real like to become a KDF millitant for us to staplised sécurité, peace and love in our country payer si to become à KDF, so help me For.

  17. Teddy Simiyu

    January 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I love the job with passion,my dream is to join the kdf team, have tried several times but beard no fruits,I did my kcse 2013 and managed to get a D (plain) am now 24yrs old only 2yrs remaining where my dream will be off, I come from a poor family,kindly give me way foward because when I’ll go for the coming recruitment still I’ll not manage, am 6ft height, weight 70kgs, I dnt know the problem.Regards kdf Kenya, one nation

  18. Omondi Elly

    January 15, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Am good at allacademically and physically fit but my problem is that i love this job and hav tried it fir the last 5yrs sijafaulu.nw am 28yrs could i get achance this tym round au la help m.

  19. stephen kaamau

    January 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    i did my KCSE in 2015 and managed to get a D(plain) join KDF is my long time prayer since High School.
    please consider my request and be my destiny connector and let my dream came true.thank you

    • Justus keya

      February 9, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Hi,,kindly may I know the date for recruitme


    January 15, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I have tried very many times but I would not lose hope

    • roda

      February 16, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      pole, don’t lose hope, i will be trying 4 the 1st tyme. what tyme shld we be at the recruit centre?

  21. joel

    January 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    This is my first time to try let me see I might be lucky,,

  22. ernest rotich

    January 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    iam rotich qualify in all aspect as KDF but they disqulified me last year iam 21years old with a grade of B in my o-level physically fit aki someone help me to join this year am from trans-nzoia county.

  23. Bramwel lunalo

    January 15, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Love the work and i will like to join plis

  24. Edwin

    January 15, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I love this job but my left hand is broken 24yrs back what can I do ?

  25. joan mwangi

    January 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    my brother completed form four last year…managed a D plain and he really want to be a KDF or even a Kenya army so I may inform him hopping he will qualify….

  26. Robert

    January 15, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    God willing I believe I can

  27. Vincent mauti Angasa

    January 15, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    am 36 yrs,but very much interested to serve my dear country in this military being having D+ could possible for me please contact me.

  28. jackline

    January 15, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I got a D- in my KCSE and I want to join this KDF job it’s my favorite one I really love this job

  29. Dominic

    January 15, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I am interest with military but a have one problem my id is problem and have already finish KCSE in 2017

  30. Dominic

    January 15, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    God does everything with a reason do not afflict your unsuccessful ,God will give what it belong to u, whoever works faithfully God rewards him or her,officers be faith full,God will bless you so much.

    • Koech

      March 2, 2018 at 4:16 am

      Nice one there Dominic

  31. Abdikadir

    January 16, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I tried my luck on 2016 at mandera I didn’t succed. I’m hoping to try my luck this tym also

  32. Charles

    January 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

    am interested to my country as a kdf attained kcse on 2014


    January 16, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I did my kcse in 2013 and my aim was to go and join kdf but everytime i try i never got a chance to join can i join this round

  34. Danvas Misiani Nyabuto

    January 16, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    I am from national youth service and I want to join kdf to continue serving my country

  35. Velix Nyambane

    January 16, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    what am in a college diploma level not yet to finish…will I join kdf there after I continue with my studies later after the training?

  36. james mathenge

    January 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    I always interested with kdf in my country

  37. david kaene otwane

    January 16, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    my most fantastic job id kdf since iwas young iha
    ve loved so much ihave tried threes this hope this year God will bless me to join .God bless kdf

  38. wiclife kipkosgei

    January 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    i am interest i had mean grade of D+ last year and i am good in athletic but i don’t have certificate of good conduct and birth certificate only can i qualifie?

  39. amos mogaka

    January 17, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I got a B plain currently am a university student but dream is becoming am Army soldier . height: 1.9


    January 17, 2018 at 9:04 am

    My dream since childish was to become a KDF,but I got a D-(minus)in KCSE.Is it possible to this job?

  41. job luvale

    January 17, 2018 at 9:30 am

    l got a D
    plain but l luv and admire this job so much,is education going to Cork the Gan,l think no,work is about commitment,

  42. aliathman

    January 17, 2018 at 10:08 am

    am 21 years old i would like to be admitted to this unit so as i serve my country and defend it as well kdf

  43. kevin

    January 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Why do you not consider people with brown teeth and they are also kenyans…I think this idea should be ignored

  44. stanlus kimutai

    January 17, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Iam interested in forces especially Kenya army who are going missions somalia

  45. Maurice

    January 17, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Niliipenda hii job,am 36yrs nilijaribu severally but c Ku mek,can I be given another chance.God bless KDF

  46. retired slave

    January 17, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I yam 33 yrs old did kcpe in 2002 four feet three inches tall do eye kuolify

  47. alex misenyieki nankudi

    January 17, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    I love and like the kDF is my pray since to join the kdf i like to save my conty

  48. lemkou kemoi wilfred

    January 18, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Am 21 years did k.c.s.e 2017 and managed a C- .I wish to join prayer is to one of them this year,lemkou wilfred w.pokot county

  49. kiprotich koskei

    January 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    I av tried 2 tyms to joined kdf bt failed,or is it bcoz. I a.m apoor man by nature, everything I av surrender to our god to help me n people like me.

  50. GEORGE

    January 19, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    i completed high school in 2016 and scored a B plain…….can i join cadet

  51. Charity

    January 22, 2018 at 10:20 am

    i sat for my kcse 2016 i got a B- …..can I join cadets


    January 23, 2018 at 10:29 am

    When is kdf cadets recruitment date please.

  53. ann wamaitha muchia

    January 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    hello.. i was kindly asking , can a spelling error in the id, that is the sublocation name cost someone who is intersted to join the kdf during recruitment??

  54. irene

    January 23, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    I finished highschool in 2011 and scored a C+,I have tried going for recruitments ever since 2012 but they say they don’t want women …am physically and mentally fit and I usually reach every level in the recruitment process however I was not lucky to go to college due to financial constraints ..please advice …I love serving my nation in any way possible

  55. Mark Masai

    January 23, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Waiting for the day…

  56. Kevin odhiambo

    January 23, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    i’ll be there soon GOD willing

  57. Kiprotich

    January 24, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Am cable of joining army am physically a cadet only that I failed 2016 I had a D- almighty be on mah side hope MA dreams wud be fulfilled soon thnkx

  58. Dennis Ayiecha Onkoba

    January 25, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Praying to almighty because I have tried my best to complete from NYS as an Operator hope God will be on my side this year to join Army Form 4 result D plain

  59. Franklin Ruto

    January 26, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Hey I do love kdf that much…had a c+ in my kcse back in 2016,I would like to join kdf then direct to seminary for priesthood. Help me to achieve, I believed in you

  60. jennifer kashid

    January 29, 2018 at 2:46 pm


  61. Derrick mwenda micheni

    January 31, 2018 at 7:52 am

    Waiting for the day eagerly in God all things are possible


    January 31, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    i would like to join kdf recruitment comming this year

  63. Rajab Hamza

    February 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I Am 25years Old, Completed 4m 4 In 2011 And Managed To Score Dplain, I’ve Tried KDF Severally Without Success, Oh Almighty Allah Help Me Join KDF 2018.

  64. Timothy Mbashio

    February 4, 2018 at 10:51 am

    22 years now. got B- year 2013 have tried 4 times. at youth service now.. kindly help me.

  65. Daisy karobi

    February 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Last year I managed kuingia kwa iyo gate ya RTS just a slit mistake nkatoka aki…this year its my time.


    February 4, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    salute all our kdf soldiers,im 28 yrs,I did mi kcse in 2008 ad got d+,iv 6yrs experience in driving bce classes of vehicles with grade3 of suitability test for drivers.iv passion in job sicce childhood.pliz help mi.GOD bless all kdf.(0710617951)

  67. LANGAT

    February 4, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Hallo iam LANGAT iam looking for Kdf job since iam an orphan i completed my level of education Three years ago i managed to score D+ please consider me

  68. Florah

    February 5, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Am Flora were from a humble background and i would like to join Kenya defence force 2018, I have tried several times bt I believe God’s time is the best, because after all the rectretment day the commander says you are still young know am 25years old almost 26 what will i do,just jobless and patient. Hope my request would be accepted thanks in advance and may God bless all our military force

  69. Edwin

    February 5, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    What if I don’t have certificate for form and i have the one for artisan in electrical engineering wil i be able to join kdf using that one

  70. Kaula peter

    February 5, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I’m kaula Peter nd since ma childhood nimekuwa nikitamani this job and nimemaliza high school 2017 with a grade of B-,,,,and have already applied for university degree…. Can I get the job still

  71. Eric

    February 6, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Dont Need This Job Again It Was All I Admired But There Is Always No Recruitment That Happens It Total Bribery I Hate Kdf Ur Corrupt

  72. george

    February 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Am George I would like to join kdf.. managed to score qualified plumber from recognize institutions

  73. Mary wanjau

    February 6, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Am Mary interested to join kdf though studying engineering for the time now in second year

  74. Virginia

    February 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    Am Virginia I have tried to join 4yrs now hoping this my tummy God willing


    February 9, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Am happy to be a kenyan,bdue to this i want to join KDF so that i may stand for savety of our countryKENYA

  76. Justus keya

    February 9, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Kindly may I know the dates for the recruitment

  77. Emmanuel Rapando

    February 11, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Am Emmanuel Rapando, am interested in that job but am staying away from my original home.can you recruit mi from anywhere?

  78. brian shitungu nziya

    February 11, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I loving the job and it has been my answer to ‘when you grow up what would you like to be? I now pray that things should not go to the east of my direction next week.

  79. Beth wanjiku

    February 13, 2018 at 11:20 am

    am beth wanjiku and am interested in joining kdf where i will fight for my country Kenya …i would like you to give that chance please n God will bless you…God bless Kenya
    i did my kcse 2015 where i got a D- i didn’t go anywhere…plese help ….Thank you

  80. Kelvin Karani

    February 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Hello. Am currently in university but I admire joining Army and be their engineer

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  82. Stephen ndolo

    February 14, 2018 at 2:57 am

    Am 23 got D-(minus )interested in kdf can i get a chance .

  83. roda

    February 16, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    what tyme do we come at the centre?

  84. Rashid

    February 19, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Do i stand a chance to perticipate if iam 29 years old and had a certificate in criminology and forensic study

  85. Onesmus

    March 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Can a person who scored B- and above is he/she eligible to join kdf

  86. Onesmus

    March 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Can a person who scored B- and above join kdf?

  87. zedrick mokaya

    June 13, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    willing to join kdf cadet at any cost i have a diploma in business information technology……….i love am willing to serve tumalize al shabab

  88. Eunice

    June 18, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    I hope this Tyme round u will consider ladies

  89. Dan

    October 15, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I quite in trying and I promise not to try again. the job has wasted me a lot of time as it being done yearly and as well am getting old year and year.

  90. Dan fwaga

    October 15, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    have tried enough and promising not to try again. years and time are going and will not come again.

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