KDF ServiceMen and Non Commissioned Officers (NCO)
Private: This is the lowest rank in Kenyan Defense Forces category. As a freshman soldier, you will have to pass Phase 1 Training
Lance Corporals: A private can become a Lance Corporal after three years of service in KDF, or pass the Phase 2. As a Lance Corporal, you will have the ability to manage a small team up to four soldiers. This team is called a section.
Corporal: this position is achieved after six-eight years of military service. The promotion also depends on your leadership skills. As a Corporal, you will have the ability to manage a bigger amount of soldiers and military equipment – tanks and guns.
Sergeant: After twelve years of good military service, a Corporal can be promoted to Sergeant. Up to 35 soldiers will be in your command.
Staff/Color Sergeant: You can become a Staff/Color Sergeant after two years of work as a Sergeant. This is the highest position of soldiers and equipment manager. You will be able to command of a whole troop or platoon.
Warrant Officer Class 2: As a Warrant Officer Class 2 you will have to be fully focused on training, prosperity, discipline of up to 120 soldiers. Warrant Officer Class 2 can be promoted to Officer position.
Warrant Officer Class 1: It is the main soldier position in KDF. It can be reached only after 18 years of brilliant military service. They are in command of up to 650 officers and soldiers.
Kenyan Defense Forces Commissioned Officers
Officer Cadet: This position can be gained after initial officer training Lanet.
Second Lieutenant: The starting Kenyan Force Defense commissioned rank. Usually it is held for up to three years, during which you you will have to pass special training. A Second Lieutenant is responsible for up to 30 soldiers.
Lieutenant: This position is held after three years of good service as a Second Lieutenant.
Captain: Responsible for up to 120 soldiers and are involved in the planning and decision-making process.
Major: This position is gained between 8-10 years of military service. Usually, as a Major, you will have the ability to manage up to 120 officers and soldiers and be fully responsible for their training and discipline.
Lieutenant Colonel: Is in charge of up to 650 soldiers, that include 4 or 5 sub-units. Usually, this position is held for two years.
Colonel: Is the lowest staff rank and mostly they are not field commanders.
Brigadier: It is a Field Officer Rank. As a brigadier, you will be in charge of a brigade.
Major General: is in charge of divisions and senior staff appointments.
Lieutenant General: is in charge of Corps sized formations and is second most important rank in Kenyan Defense Forces.
General: the top rank in the Kenya Defense Forces.
KDF Salary: See all salaries
The salary of new recruit is Ksh 7,172.
The salary of Privates is between Ksh 19,941 and Ksh 30,000.
The salary of Lance Corporals is from Ksh 26,509 to Ksh 50,000.
The salary of Corporal – Ksh 32,250 to Ksh 70,000.
The salary of Captains – Ksh 73,182 to Ksh 110,000.
The salary of Majors – Ksh 102,106- Ksh 150,000. The salary of Lt. Colonels Ksh 130,735 – Ksh 180,000.
The salary of Colonels is Ksh 153,317 – Ksh 300,000.
The salary of Lieutenant Generals – Ksh 632,984 – Ksh 800,000.
The salary of Chief of Defence Forces – Ksh 894,897 – Ksh 1,000,000.