KDF Sounds Alarm After 57 Recruits Found With Fake Letters

A previous KDF recruitment exercise
A previous KDF Recruitment exercise

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has issued a warning to Kenyans after arresting 57 individuals found in possession of fake recruitment letters.

In a statement shared on Monday, January 3, the agency indicated that the individuals had fallen victim to conmen masquerading as KDF personnel.

The arrest of the 57 comes after a two-week rigorous verification exercise of all the new recruits ahead of the six-month training.

"After two weeks of recruits’ reception and rigorous documents verification, Defence Headquarters Chief of Personnel, Brigadier Elijah Gatere officially handed over the recruits to the Commandant Recruit Training School (RTS), Brigadier Paul Njema.

Rigorous exercises conducted in Kisumu on Monday, February 22, during police recruitment
Police recruits being taken through rigorous exercises conducted in Kisumu on Monday, February 22, 2021.

"During the document verification exercise, 57 recruits with counterfeit calling letters were apprehended and handed over to the National Police Service for due process," read the statement in part.

KDF further indicated that after the six-month foundational military training, the successful recruits would undergo more specialized training at their respective units upon passing out.

The recruits comprise of the General Duty officers and Tradesmen/women, all drawn from the 47 counties of Kenya.

"Successful candidates for the various cadets positions are advised to report to the Kenya Military Academy (KMA) in Lanet-Nakuru, on dates indicated on their respective official calling letters," added the statement.

KDF launched a recruitment drive in October 2021 all through to November the same year and released the names of qualified recruits at the beginning of December.

Successful candidates for the positions of tradesmen/women were then advised to report to Embakasi Garrison based in Nairobi for the verification exercise.

The two categories were the first batch to join the military in an exercise that sought recruits in a total of six categories.

The others were the General Service Officer Cadets (Graduate degree holders), Specialist Officers and Defence Forces Constables.

Rigorous exercises conducted in Kisumu on Monday, February 22, during police recruitment
Recruits at a training camp in Kisumu on February 21, 2021
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