In Summary
  • Candidates who attained grade B but failed join university have had their hopes dashed at the recruitment centres countrywide owing to the strict recruitment procedure
  • In Nakuru, hundreds of youths were disqualified for not having the right documents while others had documents that bore names that didn’t match the names on their national identification cards

Bright students in secondary schools who dream of joining the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) as privates will have to shelve their desires after a senior military officer said they won’t be accepted.

The national chief recruitment officer Brigadier Peter Magut said KDF will not bend the rules to favour those who secured a grade B and above in the Kenya Certificate Secondary Education.

“Anybody with a grade B and above cannot make a good soldier because once they are recruited they will still pursue higher education. So instead of enlisting candidates who will start seeking time off to go to university we opt to recruit those with minimum grades,” he said.

The brigadier, who is also Garrison Commander at Kahawa Barracks, spoke to the Sunday Nation at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru, on Friday during a recruitment exercise. More than 500 young men and women turned up.

Candidates who attained grade B but failed join university have had their hopes dashed at the recruitment centres countrywide owing to the strict recruitment procedure.

Only those with grades between B- and the minimum requirement of D+ are being considered for recruitment as privates, the lowest rank, in the ongoing exercise. But those with higher grades still have the possibility to join as cadets.

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