Kenya Defence Forces KDF Starting Salary 2018

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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. Brenda Akoth

    January 14, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    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 .

    • MJ Naibei

      January 14, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      you’re a student of maseno university eeh?

  2. jon

    January 14, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    your wrong on this… private kdf goes home with foty fo k

  3. mbogo eric munene

    January 14, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    am interested to serve my country in kdf

  4. david

    January 14, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    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

  5. Allan

    January 15, 2018 at 8:00 am

    I finished my form four in the best performed boy school last year and would like to serve as a cadet officer in the Kenya Air force,, can I make it???

    • Eric Thuranira

      February 27, 2018 at 12:39 am

      I’m Interested To Join Kdf This Year If Posible

  6. Emmanuel Silale

    January 15, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Am also interesting to serve my country KDF

  7. Dalmus

    January 15, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Am interested to join the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

  8. Karwamba Naftally Muriki

    January 16, 2018 at 1:42 am

    I am a criminologist by profession and interested in serving with the KDF.

  9. Vincent Njera

    January 16, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Am interested to join the Kenya Defence Force.

  10. John kago

    January 16, 2018 at 9:55 am

    With passion I would like to join kenya defence forces to protect our Kenya from intruders etc

  11. joker

    January 16, 2018 at 10:04 am

    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

  12. Amos Kiptoo

    January 16, 2018 at 10:12 am

    am intrested to join KDF, Please help me toy join

  13. Amos Kiptoo

    January 16, 2018 at 10:12 am

    am intrested to join KDF, Please help me to join

  14. Charles

    January 16, 2018 at 11:29 am

    am interested to join Kenya defence forces

    • Javan okoth

      February 3, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Am interested to serve my country

  15. peter m njiru

    January 16, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    am interested in kdf

  16. james

    January 16, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I always like to serve my country in kdf

  17. marion

    January 17, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I would like to join kenya police and serve tje country

  18. Moses Muchina

    January 17, 2018 at 10:13 am

    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.

  19. Mbajah Douglas

    January 17, 2018 at 10:57 am

    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?

  20. eric mutuma

    January 18, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    i recentry completed highschool and am willing and dedicated to serve my country through KDF

  21. Gilbert kimutai

    January 21, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    Iam ready to serve my country as a KDF… Can I get it??

  22. John

    January 22, 2018 at 1:25 am

    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

  23. charles

    January 23, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    am charles from nakuru and intrested to join KDF please help

  24. kelvin nderitu

    January 23, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Serving my county is my passion,am dead sure that i’ll join them.

  25. Fredrick Mmbasu Barasa

    January 28, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    I have been looking for this job since 2013 and this one is my last year to try. I do have passion with this job

  26. kiprotij cornelius

    February 2, 2018 at 7:47 am

    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?

  27. Cheruyot shadrack sigei

    February 7, 2018 at 9:24 am

    May almighty help to join Kenya defence forces because I am a dertimine to serve my world

  28. Wanjala sam

    May 11, 2018 at 6:57 am

    My dream is to join KDF and protect ma country.

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