The Chief of Personnel at the Defence Headquarters Brigadier Martin Ong’oyi addressing the new recruits.
The 2017 KDF recruits reported at the Recruits Training School (RTS) in Eldoret on Sunday 25th June 2017.
Assistant Chief of the Defence Forces in Charge of Personnel and Logistics, Major General Samuel Nandwa officially welcomed the new recruits and opened the week long registration exercise of the new recruits before embarking on basic military training.
The recruits were drawn from all sub counties in the recently concluded nationwide recruitment drive. KDF’s policy of being an all-inclusive force was well captured in this year’s recruitment drive. Men and women from all corners and tribes of Kenya including the 43rd tribe, the Makonde, for the first time managed to get a couple of slots.
The week long exercise at RTS entailed verification of documents, thorough medical examination, vetting of recruits, and registration of the recruits to the training school.The exercise was overseen by Chief of Personnel Defence Headquarters, Brigadier Martin Ong’oyi and Chief Recruiting Officer Brigadier Joakim Mwamburi.
The new recruits were having a time of their lives in the camp as they were already being initiated to the military doctrines and traditions to familiarize them with how things are done despite most of them seemingly still rooted in their civilian life. Some of them were eager to know what to expect, some looking confused, some nervous and majority also enjoying the orientation.
Cases of conning were reported, suspects apprehended and currently investigations ongoing. Over one hundred conned civilians were lured to report to RTS in Eldoret for Basic Military Training. They were however guided accordingly. KDF in collaboration with the Kenya Police Service stepped up the quest to fight corruption and fraud leading to the arrest of unscrupulous men and women posing as potential link men to con the unsuspecting members of the public.
As the recruits’reception exercise concluded, Chief of Personnel Brigadier Ong’oyi thanked the recruits for voluntarily joining KDF and further congratulated them for successfully undergoing the vigorous vetting and registration exercise. Brigadier Ong’oyi officially handed over the recruits to the School Commandant Colonel Pascal Kitiro. Col Kitiro welcomed the recruits and also guaranteed them that by the end of the training, their status will change from civilians to soldiers. He concluded by strongly urging the recruits to maintain high levels of discipline to ensure a smooth training program as scheduled.
Colonel Pascal Kitiro Commandant Recruit Training School (RTS), addressing the new recruits.
Captain Mutua of Kenya Navy giving out service numbers to the new Kenya Navy recruits.
Major Mugacia of Kenya Air Force and other Kenya Air Force service members giving out service numbers to the new Kenya AirForce recruits.
A recruit undergoing medical examination during recruit reception exercise at the Recruits Training School, Eldoret.
Major Githinji of Kenya Army giving out service numbers to the new Kenya Army recruits.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Oduor, Chief Instructor Recruits Training School, sharing a light moment with one of the recruits’
Recruits jogging in readiness of physical training as part of the Basic Military Training they are expected to undergo.