Vice Chief of Defence Forces Launches 2019 KDF Nation-Wide Recruitment Exercise

The Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi with Senior Military Officers and Ministry Officials during the official launch of the 2019 KDF Nationwide Recruitment Exercise at Defence Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.

The Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi with Senior Military Officers and Ministry Officials during the official launch of the 2019 KDF Nationwide Recruitment Exercise at Defence Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.

On Wednesday, 27th November 2019, Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi launched the 2019 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Nationwide Recruitment Exercise at the Defence Headquarters in Nairobi.

The VCDF said the three-week long recruitment exercise is looking to recruit 3,000 men and women across the Country to join the three services of the Kenya Defence Forces and the Defence Forces Constabulary.

“The categories to be recruited include: General Service Officers (Cadets), Specialists Officers (Cadets), General duty recruits, Tradesmen/women, Technicians and Artisans, Constables and former National Youth Servicemen/Women,” said the VCDF.

He added that the recruitment exercise will be conducted by twenty-six (26) recruitment teams in the 322 sub-counties of the 47 counties.  He explained that the annual KDF recruitment exercise is necessitated by the need to address shortfalls and demand for specialized skills consistent with technological advancement and modernization within KDF; including cyber defence.  He also attributed the need for recruitment to natural attrition or discharge from service, in addition to resignations and retirement or death.

The VCDF urged all eligible recruits to turn up in large numbers and take part in the recruitment process. He advised the candidates to be ready to take part in vigorous physical exercises as well as medical tests and verification of academic and professional certificates. This he said, will prepare those aspiring to join KDF well in advance to compete with their peers.

“Recruitment into KDF is a dream job and a lifetime opportunity for many young Kenyans who wish to serve our Country. All eligible citizens meeting the KDF conditions and qualifications as advertised, are encouraged to avail themselves,” said Lt Gen Kibochi.

The VCDF further cautioned potential candidates not to fall prey to unscrupulous conmen/women masquerading as KDF officers; promising to secure them placement in the military. He called upon the media to sensitize Kenyans to be wary of such con tricks.

“Further, Kenyans are advised that bribery and other acts of corruption are against the law.  Should anyone give a bribe, with the aim of securing a place during this recruitment, they will have themselves to blame. Our intention is to conduct a free, fair and voluntary recruitment exercise,” concluded the VCDF.

The three-week long exercise will be overseen by the Chief Recruiting Officer (CRO) Brigadier John Warioba.

Present during the launch was Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces (Personnel and Logistics) Major General Fatuma Ahmed, CRO, Chief of Provost Brigadier Willy Wesonga, Ministry of Defence Director Public Communication Mr. Bogita Ongeri, among other Senior Military Officers, Officers and Service Members.

The Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi makes his remarks when he officially launched the 2019 KDF Nationwide Recruitment Exercise at Defence Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.The Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi makes his remarks when he officially launched the 2019 KDF Nationwide Recruitment Exercise at Defence Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.
The Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces (Personnel and Logistics) Major General Fatuma Ahmed and the Chief Recruiting Officer Brigadier John Warioba during the official launch of the 2019 KDF Nationwide Recruitment Exercise on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at Defence Headquarters in Nairobi.The Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi, Assistant Chief of Defence Forces (Personnel and Logistics) Major General Fatuma Ahmed and the Chief Recruiting Officer Brigadier John Warioba during the official launch of the 2019 KDF Nationwide Recruitment Exercise on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at Defence Headquarters in Nairobi.
The Ministry of Defence Director Public Communications Mr. Bogita Ongeri moderates the press conference during the official launch of the 2019 KDF Nationwide Recruitment Exercise at Defence Headquarters on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.The Ministry of Defence Director Public Communications Mr. Bogita Ongeri moderates the press conference during the official launch of the 2019 KDF Nationwide Recruitment Exercise at Defence Headquarters on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.