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Kenya Defence Forces KDF Starting Salary 2018


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.

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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.


  1. I’m still a student I’m studying Nutrition and Dietetics and my dream is that if I graduate I would like to get a job in your place .

  2. am David ..a fourth year student moi university am currently pursing a degree in applied mathematics ..and actually am looking forward in working in any of your department..for I see it as a calling to work and serve my country In an extraordinary strategic new plans .thanks

  3. however owns this blog can not answer any questions on behalf of kdf …he is simply a journalist doing his work like any other .if you want to consult on any issues find a friend who’s actually in the army

  4. am a servive man in the National Youth Service studying my Plant Mechanic course and Operations…my dream is to serve my country as a Kdf Soldier.

  5. I’m a student at Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture and Technology. I’m taking bachelor s of science in Development Studies. I would like to serve my country majorly through the KDF. this has been my dearest dream. would you consider me?

  6. It has ever been my dream to become a military officer,,,if I get the chance,,,I will patriotically defend my own country,,,, I wish anyone could just make my dream come true

  7. it has been my dream to join kenya defence force.. and i recently completed high school, am a national champion in athletics,, will i get the chance?


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