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HISTORY OF KE YA ARMY
I TRODUCTIO The origin of the present day Kenya Army may be traced from the King's African Rifles. The reasons that necessitated the recruitment and formation of troops that preceded the King's African Rifles and in essence the Kenya Army are as many as they are varied. It will be difficult to analyze them without tracing the events that were unfolding in the East African region during the last quarter of the 19 th Century. This period was characterized by active involvement of the British in the enforcement of abolition of slave trade in East Africa . In this effort they had the support of the Sultan of Zanzibar. The Sultan was under increasing pressure not only from independent minded subjects like the Mazrui family, but also from his own troops who like the Mazrui family didn't believe in the abolition of slave trade. The slave trade was one of the major sources of income during the material time. During the same period other European nations were also developing an interest in acquiring spheres of influence in Africa . In this rivalry the British established the Imperial British East Africa Company to take care of its interests. As these interests developed and expanded, there was need to create a more formidable force to safeguard these interests and expansion. It is out of this that the first indigenous land forces in Kenya can be traced. In 1873 the Sultan of Zanzibar, Seyyid Barghash signed the final treaty to abolish slave trade in all his dominions. The task of enforcing the abolition was vested on the British Royal Navy Fleet under Admiral Freeman Tie. The British Resident Consul Sir John Kirk and the Sultan realized that this could only be achieved through the establishment of a reliable Land Force, which could be used in the hinterland as opposed to the British Patrol boats whose operations were limited to the coastal region. At the same time the forces of the Sultan of Zanzibar comprised mainly of mercenaries drawn from Persia and Buluchi who held traditional beliefs that were at variance with the anti-slavery movement. At the same time the Sultan feared the growing influence of Khedive Ishmael of Egypt, who posed a threat to the Sultan's rule in the region due to his increased interest in the source of the Nile (Uganda). In 1877 a Royal Navy Officer Lt Lloyd Matthews serving in the “HMS London” formed a small force of 300 Zanzibaris for the purpose of combating slave trade. During the following year Lt Matthews was given leave to serve under the Sultan who appointed him Brigadier General in command of the newly established force. By 1880 the force had grown to 1300 men who were all Armed with snider rifles donated to the Sultan by the British Government. This force was also used to enforce the Sultan's will on the mainland. For instance in 1882 the force re-established the Sultan's authority over Chief Mbaruk of Gasi who had rebelled against his authority. This was the first known force in East Africa that had recruited indigenous Africans to serve under the British. It was this native force that was later to become the East African Rifles. In 1877 Sultan Barghash offered a 70 years lease of his mainland dominions to a British Company, the British India Steam Navigation Company whose chairman was Sir William Mackinnon. This company had trading interests in East Africa and also ran mail between Zanzibar and Aden . When the scramble for Africa intensified, Sir Mackinnon and other prominent British subjects with interests in Africa formed the British Africa Company. This company had the authority to take care of British interests in the territory claimed by Britain after the Anglo-German Agreement of 1886. On 8 Sep 1888 the British Africa Company was granted royal Charter and was charged with the responsibility of administering “ British East Africa ' on the liens of a Crown colony. The name of the Company changed to Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEA). Sir Mackinnon saw the need for a force that would guarantee the security of the company's operations. During the initial stages the company used the force that had been formed by Lt Mathews, which was now under Capt Hatch as the Sultan had since appointed Lt Mathews First Minister. This force, which had now been reorganized into 12 companys of 63 men each, was effective but inadequate. The IBEA Company was therefore forced to frequently seek the assistance of the Sultan's mercenaries (viroboto) to augment its resources. However, these mercenaries were arrogant, indisciplined and could not be relied upon without European supervision. This inadequacy led Mackinnon to seek authority to recruit more reliable soldiers from outside East Africa . After exploring various alternatives the company was granted permission to recruit from India . In 1891 a contingent of 300 Indian troops was shipped to East Africa . Their major task was to garrison the coastal stations. The company relied on its own troops to protect its interior stations against the indigenous people like the Kikuyu, Nandi and sections of the Kamba who resented the company's rule. Where the situation demanded however, the officer in charge of each station recruited his own protection force, for instance, Ainsworth recruited Kamba militia for protection. On other occasions the company had to request assistance from the Royal Navy. Indeed in 1890 a naval force of 800 men was landed near Witu to help the company forces suppress the rebellion of the Sultan of Witu. In 1893 the three-year contract with the Indian contingent came to an end. During the same period the company was experiencing serious financial problems that had led to the abandonment of Uganda and Jubaland infact, the company could barely police the coast. This development made the British Consul in Zanzibar at the time, Sir Athur Hardinge to notify the foreign office of his intention of taking over East Africa from the company. The British government accepted this and in November 1894 the IBEA company rights valued at 250,000 British pounds were bought by the foreign office. Consequently on 1 July 1895 a British protectorate was declared over all the areas previously administered by the company. The company troops were subsequently reorganized under Capt Hatch. In August 1895 the British government sanctioned the establishment of a force composed of 300 Punjabi, 300 Swahili, 100 Sudanese and 200 soldiers from various ethnic groups in the region. This force was renamed East African Rifles and was formed from the former IBEA company force in Mombasa ( Fort Jesus ). The first task of this force was to quell the Mazrui rebellion in 1895 in which the officer who was the second in command Capt F C Lawrence was killed. EAST AFRICA PROTECTORATE 1895-1902 The new protectorate administration divided East Africa into three provinces. These were Seyyidie, Ukamba and Jubaland. Seyyidie was garrisoned by 400 Swahili and Sudanese troops who were later joined by an Indian Contingent under Capt Bharat. Some of the troops were stationed in Tana and Taveta. The troops were under the command of Gen Hatch, as the overall commandant. Ukamba Military district was placed under the command of Capt Harrison who had 125 men at a Garrison in Kanzalu. Later on the troops were moved to Machakos when the Barracks were completed. Jubaland became the third military district. Mr. Middleton who was the DO at Kisumu also acted as the OC of 300 men at his disposal. The period between 1896 and 1900 saw the East African Rifles deployed in a number of Campaigns in line with British Colonial policies. In collaboration with Major Cunningham's Uganda Rifles, expeditions were organized against the Nandi who put up a strong resistance. It was not until 1906 that they were subdued. Another expedition under Major Quetin was undertaken in Jubaland in 1898 against the Ogaden Somali. Another one in 1900 commanded by LT Col Hatch Commandant East African Rifles followed this. Two medals were issued after these expeditions namely” 1898 ' and “ Jubaland 1900 ”. East African Rifles also sent troops to help Uganda Rifles suppress a mutiny by Sudanese troops in Uganda . Capt Harrison who led this expedition was decorated. After being deployed on this expedition, he remained behind to form the 1 st Battalion of the Uganda Rifles. This battalion later became 5 KAR. In 1901 the British government decided to organize all the
existing troops in Central Africa, East Africa, Uganda and Somaliland under one command. Lt Col Manning, an officer in the Indian Corps was appointed Inspector General for all the troops and promoted to the rank of General. After the troops based in different parts of British East and Central Africa territories were placed under a Central Command, the regiment born thereof was officially designated” King's African Rifles” on 1 st January 1902. The composition of this regiment was as follows:• The eight companys of 1 Central African Rifles became 1 Battalion King's African Rifles. • The six companys of 2 Central African Rifles became 2 Battalion King's African Rifles. • The seven companys and one Camel Company of East African Rifles became 3 Battalion King's African Rifles. • The nine companys of Uganda Rifles became 4 Battalion King's African Rifles. • The four companys of the Contingent of Uganda Rifles became 5 Battalion Kings African Rifles. • The three Infantry companys, Camel Corps, militia and Mounted Infantry based in Somaliland became 6 Battalion Kings African Rifles. • The six Battalions formed a regiment which had a total of 104 officers and 4579 men. THE PERIOD FROM 1902-1963. On 1 st April 1902, 3 KAR moved its Headquarters from Mombasa to Nairobi , together with 4 KAR and 5 KAR these battalions were used by the British colonial government in expeditions against those who resisted British rule. The most notable of these were against the “ Mad Mullah ” in Somaliland in 1902 and the Nandi expedition of 1905-6. In 1904 5 KAR, which was mainly made up of Indian troops, was disbanded chiefly because of maintenance costs and also because the British felt they had contained the resistance to their rule. This was however reconstituted in 1916 during World War I and stationed in Meru. It was given the responsibility of operations in Jubaland. During this war, 3 KAR distinguished itself in Narungombe against the Germans. Later in 1926, 5 KAR was again disbanded and their colours were handed over to 3 KAR for safe custody. On 1 March 1930 the Unit was once again reconstituted, presented with their colours and stationed in Nairobi . After World War II both battalions were used by the colonial government to contain the Mau Mau rebellion. On the dawn of Independence the Kenya National Assembly passed a bill (Kenya Bills 1963) to amend the status of the military forces in Kenya . Accordingly, the former Units of the King's African Rifles were transformed to Kenya Military Forces and the Independent Kenya Government was legally empowered to assign names to the Units as deemed necessary with effect from the midnight of 12 th December 1963. Thus 3 KAR and 5 KAR became 3 Kenya Rifles and 5 Kenya Rifles respectively. 3 KAR which was the forerunner of today's Kenya Army was formed on 1 st January 1902. The transformation of King's African Rifles to Kenya Military Forces on the midnight of 12 th December 1963 is a major milestone in the foundation of today's Kenya Army Units. The inauguration of the Kenya Military Forces, which is the current Kenya Army, therefore, robs the thunder from 3 KR because the former was a composition of all Army Units in existence at the day of Independence . THE KE YA ARMY MISSIO The primary mission of the Army is the defence of the nation against external land based aggression, while the secondary is the provision of aid and support to civil authority in the maintenance of order. Inherent in the secondary mission is participation in international peacekeeping missions in support of national Foreign Policy objectives. VISIO To develop an Army deeply rooted in professionalism and certain of its ability to achieve its mission. ROLES • Defence of Kenya against land based external aggression. • Aid to civil Authority in the maintenance of order. • Perform any other tasks as may be assigned by the state through the CGS.
Company Sergeant Major Mutuku Kioko training recruits on A Nubian drill.The recruits are wearing their ceremonial number one soldier (Askari )serving in the Kings dress.(Note that the recruits are without shoes except the African Rifles(KAR)in 1915 (Note that he instructor) is armed with a stick)
The late president Jomo Kenyatta, and the then vice president Oginga Odinga, Brig Hardy ( Army commander) and col Ndolo (deputy army commander) on independence day celebrations on 12 december 1964 in Nairobi
Military records From 1888 the Imperial British East Africa (IBEA) Company established a military force in Kenya. Many troops were brought from India to serve in East Africa. In August 1895 the British government sanctioned the establishment of the East African Rifles, a force composed of 300 Punjabi, 300 Swahili, 100 Sudanese and 200 soldiers from various ethnic groups in the region. This force was formed from the former IBEA Company force in Mombasa and was used in quelling local rebellions. The King's African Rifles was the largest force of African troops in British Africa. It was first formed in 1902 when the East African Rifles was united with the Uganda Rifles and Central African Regiment. It was commanded by British officers and saw action throughout the continent during the war, particularly in East Africa. Many thousands of British, African and Indian troops were killed during the First World War. After independence in 1963, the Kenyan battalions of the King's African Rifles became the Kenya Rifles. A history of the King's African Rifles and the Kenya Rifles can be found at 'Regiments.org'. http://www.regiments.org/regiments/africaeast/reg ts/kar.htm If your ancestor served with the King's African Rifles or another regiment in the British Army, you may be able to get hold of the regimental history of his unit from the National Army Museum. The museum is located at Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3 4HT Tel: +44 (0) 20 7730 0717 http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/ Military records are very useful in providing details of a person's life and history. Although the records can vary from person to person, the military records can usually tell you dates and places of birth, next of kin, and in some cases a physical description of your ancestor. They can be useful for verifying facts that you have already discovered, but be careful as sometimes people lied about their age in order to sign up. The Colonial Office (CO) records at the National Archives contain some material on soldiers who fought in the King's African Rifles. They are held in CO 534. If service records survive for men from these regiments or regiments of the Kenya Rifles, they are most likely to be at the Kenya National Archives. War Diaries or Campaign Records for the British Army are held in the National Archives, Kew, and although they rarely mention individuals, they can give an interesting insight into the movements of specific regiments on a daily basis. In response to the pressure from the British community in the country, the colonial government launched Operation Anvil in 1954 in an attempt to sever rebel supply lines during the Mau Mau Uprising. In January 1954 the King's African Rifles began Operation Hammer. The British central government records for Operation Anvil and Operation Hammer are available at the National Archives, among the Cabinet Office series (CAB). This will be of particular interest if you had an ancestor involved in the Mau Mau Uprising, or if you had an ancestor in the military or central government. If your ancestor served in the British Royal Navy, you can find these records at the National Archives, Kew. Registration of naval ratings was centralised in 1853, and the National Archives has records available from 1853 to 1923. There is an index to service numbers in ADM139, and from this, you can access the records in ADM188 (they are arranged by service number). After 1923 the records are held at the Ministry of Defence and are not on open access to the public. The Royal East African Navy was formed in 1952 but disbanded ten years later. The Kenya Navy was inaugurated by Jomo Kenyatta, the new president of independent Kenya, in 1964. The National Archives holds a number of records relating to the Royal East African Navy. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/searchthearchi ves/?source=searcharchives If you had an ancestor who served in the British Merchant Navy, you can trace these records at the National Archives, Kew. Before 1835 the records are hard to trace, but from 1835-1857 you will find the records in the registers of seamen. These are listed by date under BT112, BT113, BT114, BT116 and BT120. The entries are arranged alphabetically and give date and place of birth, as well as a physical description. From 1857-1913 there was no official registration of Merchant Seamen, but you can trace the service records from 1913-1941 in BT350 and BT364. However, unfortunately there are few surviving records for the years 1913 to 1920. If your ancestor served in the Merchant Navy after 1941, you may be able to find the seaman's pouch in BT372. The pouch usually contains lots of detail, including a physical description, date and place of birth as well as a photo or fingerprint. These records have been indexed by name, and you can search the online catalogue to see if the record survives. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue The Kenya Air Force was established in 1964 with the assistance of the British. The RAF established stations from 1940 at Eastleigh, Kisumu, Thika and Mombasa. These were all part of the larger Air Headquarters, East Africa (Nairobi) that controlled the territories of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and a number of the western Indian Ocean islands. Some records relating to the Kenya Air Force are held at the National Archives, Kew. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/searchthearchi ves/?source=searcharchives
3rd Kenya rifles soldiers replicate a demonstration of the kings african rifles (askari) parade with mark 4 rifles with tarbush head gear borrowed from ottoman empire. (please note the starch khaki uniform and mark 4 rifles).
East Africa: The Rise of the Rifles
By Friday, Jan. 31, 1964 www.time.com In their maroon tarbooshes and crisp khakis, the King's African Rifles stood tough and tall in the front rank of Britain's far-flung battle line. Whether the enemy was a spear-swinging Somali shifta or a Japanese marine behind a clattering Nambu machine gun, the well-disciplined askaris of the K.A.R. could be counted on to attack as ordered. Last week, from the headwaters of the Nile to the beaches of the Indian Ocean, the Rifles were barking again. But this time their muzzles were trained on British troops and their own recently independent governments. The chain of army mutinies that rocked East Africa like an earthquake had its epicenter in Zanzibar, where bloody revolution sent shock waves rumbling up and down the Great Rift. Before the aftershocks subsided, the British Commonwealth governments of Tanganyika, Uganda and Kenya had been severely shaken. Anarchy's Victory. The first mutiny erupted in Tanganyika's capital of Dar es Salaam, and gunfire rattled through that humid "Haven of Peace" for the first time since German gunboats held target practice there during World War I, when Tanganyika was part of German East Africa. Before it died away, at least 20 Tanganyikans were dead, whole blocks of the Arab and Indian quarters lay in ruins, and President Julius Nyerere's government—once considered East Africa's most stable—had been seriously discountenanced. The mutiny was made possible by Nyerere's decision to send 300 crack Tanganyikan cops to Zanzibar to help restore order there. No sooner had they left than the 1,600 African enlisted men of the Tanganyika Rifles rose with machine guns, mortars and grenades, arrested their British officers and noncoms, then defied their commander in chief to do something about it. The rising grew out of a "misunderstanding." Five weeks ago, Nyerere put an end to the national policy of Africanization, under which black Tanganyikans were given government job preference over Europeans, Arabs and Asians. To the African troops, this sounded as if Nyerere was welshing on his promise to send British officers home later this year and put black officers in charge. They also wanted their basic pay increased from $14.84 a month to $36.40—roughly the equivalent of what dockworkers were making in Dar es Salaam. Months, Even Years. Mutinous troops from the Colito barracks outside Dar quickly grabbed key points in the city, and as rioters raged through the streets, Nyerere went into hiding. Fearing a coup, he dispersed his Cabinet to prevent arrest, sent Defense and External Affairs Minister Oscar Kambona, a hard-working leftist, to negotiate with the mutineers. Kambona got the troops back to their barracks only by sending the British officers and men out of the country and promising to look into the pay question. But it was a victory for anarchy, and no one was more aware of that fact than Nyerere. He emerged nervous and shamefaced at midweek to tour his torn capital, found himself unable even to reprimand his cocky army for fear of a new revolt. The mustachioed, mild-mannered ex-schoolteacher had been proud that in the 17-year-struggle for Tanganyikan independence not a single life had been lost. Now he said sadly: "It will take months and even years to erase from the mind of the world what it has heard about the events this week." Short-lived Triumph. Even as he spoke, the infection of mutiny was spreading. At Jinja, neighboring Uganda's second largest city located at the headwaters of the Nile some 50 miles east of the Kampala capital, two companies of the Uganda Rifles followed the example set by their former brothers-in-arms. They locked up their British officers and demanded a pay hike similar to that which the Tanganyikan troops had asked for. When Prime Minister Apollo Milton Obote sent his Internal Affairs Minister to negotiate, they arrested him as well. But Obote had learned from Nyerere's experience. He sent police to secure the Owen Falls dam and thus cut the main highway from Jinja to Kampala. Then, swallowing his pride, the man who had often ranted against "colonialists" and "imperialists" called for British aid. Within the hour, 450 troops from the Staffordshire Regiment and the Scots Guards were winging in from Kenya. As they took positions at the Entebbe airport and in the capital, Obote agreed to discuss the mutineers' demands, and order was restored. In Kenya, Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta already had begun to fear that his Kenya Rifles might be the next to rebel. With so much of Kenya's British contingent on duty in Uganda, he asked London for additional troops. Immediately, the 700 Royal Marine Commandos of Britain's home-based strategic reserve were bundled onto Africa-bound planes. But before they arrived, Kenyatta's fears were realized. Mutinous troops of the Kenya Rifles stationed at Nakuru, in the heart of the Rift Valley 100 miles northwest of Nairobi, were up in arms. They seized the armory and locked their white officers and noncoms in the officers' mess. Their triumph was shortlived. In roared British Royal Horse Artillery in Ferret armored cars, and in a brief gun battle the rising was quelled, leaving one mutineer dead and one wounded. The rest were quickly thrown behind barbed wire. Rocketing Rout. With the Uganda and Kenya rebellions quelled for the moment, only Tanganyika's Nyerere remained in any danger from his own army. That situation was rectified at week's end when, at Nyerere's request, the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Centaur in Dar es Salaam harbor went into action. Figuring that they could frighten the mutineers into submission with lots of noise, the British cut loose with a predawn barrage of blank charges over Colito barracks. As the sleepy mutineers ducked for cover, helicopters fluttered off the flight deck and dropped 60 combat-ready Royal Marine Commandos onto the rebel base. Led by Brigadier Patrick Sholto Douglas, the deposed commander of the Tanganyika Rifles, the commandos burst through the main gate and began hurling "Thunder Flashes"—noisy firecrackers used in training to simulate mass attack. Douglas shouted in Swahili for the 800 mutineers to surrender. When they refused, the commandos slammed a 3.5-in. bazooka rocket through the barracks, blasting out windows and peeling back most of the roof. Three Riflemen were killed and 20 wounded, while 400 were captured. The rest, many in pajamas or underwear, headed for the bush. Julius Nyerere was back in power however tentatively. But his country would never be the same again. Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,897079-2,00.html#ixzz0eBBL6BAM
The 1964 army mutinies and the making of modern East Africa
by Timothy Parsons
The roots of the 1964 army mutinies in Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya were firmly rooted in the colonial past when economic and strategic necessity forced the former British territorial governments to rely on Africans for defense and internal security. As the only group in colonial society with access to weapons and military training, the African soldiery was a potential threat to the security of British rule. Colonial authorities maintained control over African soldiers by balancing the significant rewards of military service with social isolation, harsh discipline, and close political surveillance. After independence, civilian pay levels out-paced army wages, thereby tarnishing the prestige of military service. As compensation, veteran African soldiers expected commissions and improved terms of service when the new governments "Africanized" the civil service. They grew increasingly upset when African politicians proved unwilling and unable to meet their demands. Yet the creation of new democratic societies removed most of the restrictive regulations that had disciplined colonial African soldiers. Lacking the financial resources and military expertise to create new armies, the independent African governments had to retain the basic structure and character of the inherited armies. Soldiers in Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya mutinied in rapid succession during the last week of January 1964 because their governments could no longer maintain the delicate balance of coercion and concessions that had kept the colonial soldiery in check. The East African mutinies demonstrate that the propensity of an African army to challenge civil authority was directly tied to its degree of integration into postcolonial society. Anteprima limitata – Index, bib, notes, xiv, 231 pp, USA. Athens, PRAEGER, 2003 - £. 60,00
The Journal of Military History Volume 68, umber 4, October 2004 E-ISS : 1543-7795 Print ISS : 0899-3718 DOI: 10.1353/jmh.2004.0180 Clayton, Anthony, 1928-The 1964 Army Mutinies and the Making of Modern East Africa (review)The Journal of Military History - Volume 68, umber 4, October 2004, pp. 1313-1314 Society for Military History Anthony Clayton - The 1964 Army Mutinies and the Making of Modern East Africa (review) - The Journal of Military History 68:4 The Journal of Military History 68.4 (2004) 1313-1314 The 1964 Army Mutinies and the Making of Modern East Africa. By Timothy H. Parsons. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2003. ISBN 0-325-07068-7. Illustrations. Appendix. Notes. Selected bibliography. Index. Pp. xiv, 231. $69.95. In December 1963 Britain's last two East African colonies, Zanzibar and Kenya, attained independence. In the following month there was a bloody revolution in Zanzibar and serious army mutinies in Tanganyika, Uganda, and Kenya. January 1964 was a month of events murky, traumatic, and for the future formative. Timothy Parsons's work provides incomparably the best account to appear...
KE YA ARMY PAST COMMA DERS
Maj Gen H I Freeland12 -12 – 63 - Brig A J Hardy 1-5-1964 - 30-1130 - 4 - 64 The last commander of 1966 the Kings African Rifles and the first commander of the Kenya Army.
Brig J M L Ndolo 1-12-1966 - 31-51969
Brig J K Mulinge 1-6-1969 - 30- Maj Gen J K Nzioka 1-12-1978 - 12- Maj Gen J M Sawe 13-12-1978 - 26-71 Maj Gen J K Mulinge 1-7- 12-1979 1-1981 1971 - 22-11-1978
Maj Gen M H Mohamed 3-11981 - 14-12-1981
L t Gen J M Sawe 15-12-1981 - 272-1986
Lt Gen J L Lengees 28-2-1986 - 3011-93
Lt Gen D R C Tonje 1-12-93 -
Lt Gen A K Arap Cheruiyot 28-6-
Lt Gen A Abdullahi 9-6-1998 - 30-
1994 - 7-6-1998
Lt Gen L K Sumbeiywo 1-12Lt Gen J M Kianga 1-3-03 - 10-8-05 Lt Gen A S K Njoroge 10-8-05 - To 2000 - 28-2-2003 (Currently the CGS) date Gen Jeremiah M Kianga 'EGH' 'CBS' 'ndc' (K) 'cgsc'(USA) Gen Jeremiah Mutinda Kianga was born on 26th April 1950 in Makueni District. He went to Machakos Secondary School where he completed in 1970. He joined the Military in April 1971 and after two years Cadet training at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, he was commissioned and posted to the 5th Kenya Rifles as a Platoon Commander in 1973 where he did regimental duty upto 1975. Gen Kianga has been trained in Kenya , United Kingdom (UK), India and United States of America (USA) where he obtained a Masters degree in Military Arts and Science from Kansas University . He served as a Directing Staff at the Army Staff College, UK and Defence Staff College Kenya.He also served as Defence Advisor in Uganda and Chief of Military Intelligence at Defence headquarters.In December 1999, as Major General, he was appointed General Officer Commanding Eastern Command then Deputy Army Commander and thereafter served as Assistant Chief of General Staff-in-charge of Personnel and Logistics at Defence Heaquarters. On March 2003 he was promoted to the rank of Lt Gen and appointed Commander Kenya Army from where he has been promoted to a Full General and appointed Chief of General Staff (CGS), taking over from Gen (Retired)J R E Kibwana. Gen Kianga is married to Christine Kianga and they have four children, a girl and three boys Lt Gen Augustino S K joroge 'MGH' 'CBS' 'ndc'(K) 'cgsc '(USA) Lt Gen Augostino Stephen Karanu Njoroge was born on 28th June 1951 in Nakuru District,Rift Valley Province . He was educated in Nakuru at St. Teresa Primary school and later at Nakuru Day Secondary School until 1969. On leaving Nakuru Day Secondary School , he joined the Kenya Army in April 1970 as a Cadet Officer. After Officer Cadet training at Armed Forces Training College Lanet, he was commissioned on 23rd October 1970 and was posted to the 5th Battalion , Kenya Rifles as a platoon Commander where he did Infantry regimental duties up to early 1976. He was then posted to Signal Battalion where he trained as a Communications Officer. An Infantry Officer, Lt Gen Njoroge has been trained in Kenya , United Kingdom , India and the United States of America . Lt Gen Njoroge served as an Infantry unit Commanding Officer, Defence Advisor in Tanzania and a Senior Staff Officer at both the Department of Defence Headquarters and Army Headquarters. He was seconded to the Kenya Navy as a senior Staff Officer for one and a half years and to the United States of America Central Command ( Florida ) for six months as Kenya's Senior National Representative in the Global war on terrorism. In November 2002, he was promoted to Major General and was appointed General Officer Commanding Eastern Command. Shortly thereafter, on 1st March 2003, he was appointed the deputy Army Commander. On 10th Aug 05 he was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant General and appointed the Commander of the Kenya Army, his current appointment. Lt Gen A S K Njoroge married Margaret Anne Nyambura in June 1972 and they are blessed with four children, Eric, Nelly, Jackline and Janet. He likes farming;wheat and Agroforestry
Former Chief of General Staff, Major Gen.Rtd Mahmoud Mohammed was Kenya Army commander between the years 1981-1982 when the Kenya airforce staged a "foiled" coup and he crushed it. He later on became CGS of the whole Kenya armed forces.
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WOME I THE ARMY
Women were first recruited in the Armed Forces in 1972. They remained a single entity as the Women Service Corps (WSC) . They served under different terms and conditions of service designed to meet the requirements of the Armed Forces taking into account their special needs. The Women Service Corps was dissolved on 1 Dec 1999 and its personnel were integrated into the mainstream formations of the Armed Forces. They serve under the same terms and conditions of service as their male counterparts with various safeguards to suit their special individual needs. In the Kenya Army, Women traverse the whole spectrum of careers including drivers, mechanical and electrical engineering, communications technicians, clerks, accountants, military police women, lawyers and Infantry .
A female soldier in combat role after their integration into Army COL R K MUTYAMBAI Commandant Armed Forces School of Higher Units following the disbandment of the Women Service Corps Education in August 2006. in December 1999
Women Service Corps Recruits on a March Past during a passing out parade at Recruit Training School at Eldoret on 2 July 1991.
The Pioneer Women Corps Officers on training in Britain in 1973. From left to right: Sgt J Mwangi, Sgt R Banwa, WOII Hellen Hace (CSM), Sgt M Kuria, Sgt Rose Odari.
Mwai Kibaki, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya, and First Lady Lucy Kibaki, left, watch the fly past by Kenya Air Force at the yayo Statium in airobi, Kenya, Thrusday, June 1, 2006, during the Madaraka Day Celebrations. inspects the Guard of Honor at the yayo Statium (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
The Kenya Army soldiers in their ceremonial uniform march at the yayo Statium, airobi. Kenya, Thrusday, June 1, 2006, during the Madaraka Day Celebrations. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
The Kenya Army soldiers in their ceremonial uniform march at the yayo Statium in airobi. Kenya, Thrusday, June 1, 2006 during the Madaraka Day Celebrations. Madaraka Day commemorates the day the Kenya attained internal self-rule following some four decades of armed struggle. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
AIROBI, Kenya - General J.M. Kianga, chief of Kenya's Armed Forces General Staff, shakes hands with Vice Admiral Robert Moeller, U.S. Africa Command's deputy to the commander for military operations, at the Kenyan Armed Forces headquarters in airobi, Kenya, March 3, 2009. During his two-day visit to Kenya, Moeller met with senior officials of the Kenya Armed Forces to discuss mutual security concerns and participated in activities of the Africa Partnership Station. (Photo by Chris Felt, U.S. Africa Command)
The Kenya Army soldiers from 75 Artillery Battalion in combat dress march at the yayo Statium, airobi, Kenya, Thrusday, June 1, 2006, during the Madaraka Day Celebrations. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
CO TEMPORARY ARMY OPERATIO AL ACTIVITIES
OPERATIO DUMISHA AMA I Background The security situation in North Rift Valley had deteriorated since Feb 2005 following cattle rustling activities between ethnic groups in this region. Cross border raids had also increased between the Kenyan and Ugandan pastoralists in the region. The worst affected districts were Trans Nzoia, Turkana, West Pokot , Marakwet, Baringo, Samburu and Laikipia. Causes of North Rift conflict Proliferation of small Arms in the region. Traditional cattle rustling. Competition for pasture and water. Limited presence of Administration. The Government having realized the problems in the North Rift Valley District called upon the Army to alleviate the situation. The Army has actively participated in: Recovery of stolen livestock and branding of livestock. Construction of roads. Medical assistance. Reopening of schools. Peace mediation. Humanitarian civil assistance
Kenya Army Engineers Drilling a Borehole In Milima Tatu, Lokitaung Turkana District in 2006 .
Chief of the General Staff Gen J M Kianga Commissioning a borehole at Milima Tatu Lokitaung Turkana District.
The Chief of the General Staff with Hon. John Munyees Chief of the General Staff Gen J M Kianga with the MP for Turkana north and minister for special local community at Rugus Borehole in Baringo programmes with the local community in lokitaung area District. after commissioning the milima tatu borehole in 2006. Effects of conflict in the orth Rift Valley Province area
School Children learning outside vandalized classrooms at Moi Mosol Academy West Pokot District In June 2006.
PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIO S I THE KE YA ARMY
BACKGROU D In addition to the primary role of the defence of the Republic of Kenya and the secondary role of aid to civil authority, the Kenya Army has participated and continues to participate in international Peace Support Operations. Peace Support Operations within the Kenya Army can be traced back to 1973 when the United Nations requested the republic of Kenya to contribute forces for Peace Support Operations in the volatile Middle East after the 1973 the Israel/Arabs war. Even though Kenya acceded to the UN request the troops were not deployed due to various logistical constraints. The first comprehensive participation of the Kenya Army in Peace Support operations was in 1979, when the Commonwealth requested the Republic of Kenya to contribute troops for a Peace Mission in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe ). The Country was then experiencing a liberation war waged by the indigenous population against the regime of Ian Smith which had unilaterally declared independence from the British. Subsequently, the Kenya Army contributed Officers, towards Peace Support Operations in Chad in 1982 on the request of Organization of African Unity.
Kenya Army Officers on Peace Keeping Mission at Kenya Army Peace Keepers Troop Carrying vehicles at Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone in Makamba Burundi in 2004. September 2004.
Kenbatt 12 Officers during a visit by Gen Mkwebi (from Kenya Army Peace Keepers arriving in Bujumbura South Africa ) Force Commander UN Forces in Burundi , Burundi in 2004. in 2004. The Kenya Army also contributed Officers, Men and women towards peace support Operations in Namibia in 1989. Namibia was then a trust territory of the United Nations which was being administered by South African and was experiencing a liberation war waged by the indigenous inhabitants for independence. The mission was successfully conducted and even after the completion of the mission, the Kenyan troops stayed for another three months to train the nascent Namibian Army at the request of the host country. The UN intervention in the former Yugoslavia to restore Peace also witnessed the participation of Officers, Men and women of Kenya Army in Peace Support operations in Balkan state. A total of 4 Battalions were deployed in the Balkan state between 1992 and 1995. The Kenya Army also contributed Officers, Men and women to 6 Battalions that were deployed to the Sierra Leon between 1999 and 2003. This was pursuant to the UN intervention in the Country following civil war. The deployment of UN Peacekeepers along the Ethiopia/Eritrea border following border skirmishes between the two countries also witnessed the participation of Officers, Men and women of the Kenya Army. Officers, Men and women of the Kenya Army continue to serve at the mission as peace keepers and deminers. Officers, men and women of the Kenya Army have also served under the United Nations in East Timor, Burundi and Southern Sudan . The Burundi Mission and Southern Sudan continue to date.
Kenbatt 10 after receiving the flag from H E and Kenbatt 7 Peace Keepers during Presidential address Commander in Chief President MWai Kibaki before shortly before their departure for UN Mission in departing for UN Peace Keeping Mission in Sierra Leone in Eritrea in 2001. 2003. Apart from peacekeeping operations, the Kenya Army has contributed officers, men and women for observer duties in troubled spots around the World. Among the countries which Kenya Army personnel Officer have participated are Angola, Former Yugoslavia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia/Eritrea, Iran/Iraq, Kuwait, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Chad, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Burundi, Sudan and Cote D' Ivoire. In addition to Peace Support Operations and Military Observer duties Kenya Army personnel have been deployed by the UN as Headquarter Staff Officers. SUMMARY OF KE YA 'S PARTICIPATIO I PEACE SUPPORT OPERATIO S S/ O COU TRY MISSIO OFFRS/ORS FROM TO a. CHAD OAU 7+50 1979 1980 b. ZIMBABWE OAU 3+0 1980 1980 c UGANDA OAU 20+27 1986 1996 d. IRAN/IRAQ UNIMOG 34+0 1988 1990 e. NAMIBIA UNTAG 53+819 1989 1990 f. MOZAMBIQUE OAU 56+78 1991 1995 g. KUWAIT UNIKOM 136+0 1991 2003 h. MOROCCO MINURSO 121+0 1991 TO DATE i. YOGOSLAVIA UNPROFOR 169+3441 1992 2995 j. CROATIA UNMOP 154 + 0 1993 2002 k. LIBERIA UNOMIL 69+5 1993 TO DATE l. RWANDA OAU 6+0 1993 2004 m. ANGOLA MONUA 20 +0 1995 1996 n. SIERRA LEONE UNAMSIL 392+4592 1998 TO DATE o. KOSOVO UNKIM 8+0 1998 TO DATE p. EAST TIMOR UNTAET 39+480 1999 2003 r. DRC MONUC 127 +20 1999 TO DATE s. SERBIA UNPREDEP 2+0 1999 2001 t. ETHIOPIA/ERITREA UNMEE 235+2750 2001 TODATE u. BURUNDI ONUB 80+1101 2004 TODATE v. SUDAN DARFUR AU 54+66 2004 TODATE w. COTE D IVOIRE UNOCI 16+0 2004 TODATE x. SUDAN – KBT 15 UNMIS 56+764 2005 TODATE 1857+14193 GRA D TOTAL – 16,050
The Kenya Armed Forces Schools
School of Infantry............ Read more School of Armour.......... Read more School of Artillery......... Read more School of Combat Engineers . Read more School of Ordnance(SOO) .... .Read more School of Transport(SOT) ..... .Read more School of Signals..................... Read more School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering(SEME) .. Read more Armed Forces Pay and Clerical Training School .............. Read more Armed Forces school of Higher Education(AFSHE)........... Read more Armed Forces Medical Training School (AFMTS) .............. Read more Helicopter Training School(HTS)........................................... Read more Armed Forces Constabulary Fire Services Training Scool(FSTS) . Read more International Mine Action training Centre (IMATC)...................... Read more
School Of Infantry Tuition Block - School Of Armour Administration Block.
School Of Artillery Administration Block Bailey Bridge constructed by Kenya Army Engineer trainees
A Kenya Army Ordnance Trainee Tailor. Student Drivers under instructions on different parts of a Troop carrying vehicle
SCHOOL OF I FA TRY (SOI)
Mission To provide training at different levels for both tactical and weaponry courses to Officers, men and women of the Kenya Army in order to enhance professionalism and proficiency. Vision The vision is to produce Officers, men and women who are capable of Commanding, controlling and administering troops and equipments in both peace and wartime professionally. Roles The primary role of the school is training through organized instructional and professional military skills for the Infantry personnel of the Kenya Army and allied nations. The school undertakes to embrace, teach and maintain the Infantry Doctrine in harmony with the other service sister school in conformity with the operational concepts of the Kenya Armed Forces. The school undertakes to embrace trails of new Infantry weapon systems introduced into the service through conducting initial test firing of the weapon system and providing instructional training to the systems end user/operators. Courses run at SOI S/ O COURSE TITLE DURATIO (a) (b) (c) 1 COMPANY COMMANDERS COURSE 13 WEEKS 2 PLATOON COMMANDERS COURSE 13 WEEKS 3 PLATOON SEAGENTS COURSE 11 WEEKS 4 SECTION COMMANDERS COURSE 6 WEEKS 5 81 MM MORTAR BASIC COURSE 5 WEEKS 81 MM MORTAR COMMAND COURSE 6 WEEKS 6 (ASSISTANT COMMAND POST OFFICER) 7 MILAN BASIC COURSE 4 WEEKS 8 SKILL AT ARMS ADVANCE COURSE 6 WEEKS 9 SKILL AT ARMS BASIC COURSE 6 WEEKS 10 SNIPER COURSE 10 WEEKS
SCHOOL OF ARMOUR
Mission The mission of the School of Armour is to train officers and ORS of Armoured Corps in particular, and Army in general, tactical and Technical handling of Armour resources and professional development in Command and leadership. Vision The vision is to have a professional, efficient, well motivated and performance oriented School capable of achieving its mission. The School shall remain as the centre of excellence and standard bearer of all technical and tactical aspects of the Armour. The School should be able to conduct and carry out evaluation of unit training. Roles The role is to produce technically and tactically proficient officers and servicemen/women capable of effectively employing and deploying Armour resources in Combat in line with Kenya Army Armoured Corps laid down training standards and Army Commanders training directives. Courses run at School of Armour S/ O COURSE TITLE DURATIO 1 SQUADRON COMMANDERS COURSE 14 WEEKS 2 TROOP COMMANDERS COURSE 26 WEEKS 3 REGIMENTAL GUNNERY OFFICERS COURSE 9 WEEKS 4 SNCOs COMMAND COURSE 12 WEEKS 5 SKILL AT ARMS BASIC COURSE 6 WEEKS 6 SKILL AT ARMS ADVANCE COURSE 6 WEEKS 7 PLATOON SERGEANTS COURSE 13 WEEKS 8 VMBT BASIC COURSE 16 WEEKS 9 VMBT UPGRADING COURSE III – II 12 WEEKS 10 VMBT COURSE AII – AI 12 WEEKS 11 AML BASIC CCURSE 16 WEEKS 12 AML UPGRADING COURSE III – II 12 WEEKS 13 AML COURSE AII - A1 12 WEEKS 14 MISSILE OPERATOR 12 WEEKS
SCHOOL OF ARTILLERY
Mission The Mission of the School of Artillery is to train officers and ORS of Artillery Corps in particular and other Arms in general in the technical handling of Artillery resources and their professional development in command and leadership. Vision The vision of Commandant is to have a professional, efficient, well motivated and performance oriented institution capable of achieving the mission. Roles The role is to produce technically and tactically proficient officers and men/women capable of effectively deploying and employing Artillery resources in Combat, in line with Artillery training standards and Army Commanders training directives. Courses run at School of Artillery S/ O COURSE TITLE DURATIO 1. BATTERY COMMANDERS COURSE 13 WEEKS 2. GUNNERY COURSE A II – AI (FIELD) 15 WEEKS 3. GUNNERY COURSE A III – AII (FIELD) 15 WEEKS 5. GUNNERY COURSE A III – AII (AIR DEFENCE) 15 WEEKS 6. GUNNERY COURSE A II – AI (AIR DEFENCE) 15 WEEKS BASIC OBSERVATION POST COURSE (AIR 9 WEEKS 7. DEFENCE) 8. SNCOs COMMAND COURSE 12 WEEKS 9. SKILL AT ARMS BASIC COURSE 6 WEEKS 10. SKILL AT ARMS ADVANCE COURSE 6 WEEKS 11. PLATOON SERGEANTS COURSE 13 WEEKS 12 SURVEY UPGRADING COURSE A3 – A2. 12 WEEKS 13 SURVEY UPGRADING COURSE A2 – A1 12 WEEKS 14 REGIMENTAL INSTRUCTORS (RI) COURSE 12 WEEKS REGIMENTAL OFFICERS IN GUNNERY (ROG) 12 WEEKS 15 COURSE. CONTROL OBSERVATION OF FIRE AND TARGET 12 WEEKS 16 ACQUISITION (COFTA) COURSE.
SCHOOL OF COMBAT E GI EERS
Mission The mission is to prepare and provide tactical techniques weapons training to officers and servicemen/women of the Kenya Army in order to promote Engineer proficiency. Vision To train and achieve skills that enhances professionalism of Engineers Officers, servicemen and women in order to promote Engineer proficiency in support of the Army missions and to be an Institution of Excellency in professional Engineers training. Roles To train selected Engineer Officers posted to Corps of engineer on completion of their Cadet course at AFTC and later further their training in Engineer Squadron Commanders Course. To give basic Combat to selected servicemen/women posted to the Corps of Engineering prior to their posting to respective Engineer units. Give subsequent combat and specialized training to all Kenya Army Engineer servicemen/women in various trades culminating into the award of class (1) and issue of the relevant Army certificate of qualification. Training of selected Junior Non Commissioned Officers and Senior Non Commissioned Officers in matters pertaining Command. Give further training to Engineer Officers, servicemen/women in civil Engineering leading to the ward of certificate in civil Engineering. Carrying out the setting and marking of all tests and examinations towards the final grading of all candidates in the School. Setting and communicating standards for combat and civil Engineering tasks for the Engineer units for the purpose of regimental training. Courses run at School of Combat Engineers S/ O COURSE TITLE DURATIO (a) (b) (c) 1. ENGINEER SQUADRON COMMANDERS COURSE 22 WEEKS 2. ENGINEER TROOP COMMANDERS COURSE 32 WEEKS 3. BASIC COMBAT ENGINEER COURSE 17 WEEKS 4. COMBAT ENGINEER COURSE III – II 17 WEEKS 5. COMBAT ENGINEER COURSE II – I 24 WEEKS 6. SKILL AT ARMS BASIC COURSE 6 WEEKS 7. SNCOs COMMAND COURSE 12 WEEKS 8. JUNIOR NCOs CADRE COURSE 6 WEEKS 9. SURVEY BASIC COURSE 28 WEEKS 10. SURVEY COURSE AIII - II 24 WEEKS 11. SURVEY COURSE AII – AI 21 WEEKS 12. DRAUGHTSMAN BASIC COURSE 17 WEEKS 13. DRAUGHTSMAN BASIC COURSE III - II 17 WEEKS 14. DRAUGHTSMAN BASIC COURSE II - I 17 WEEKS 15. PLANT OPERATOR BASIC COURSE 21 WEEKS 16. PLANT OPERATOR COURSE III – II 17 WEEKS
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PLANT OPERATOR COURSE II – I PLANT MECHANIC BASIC COURSE PLANT MECHANIC COURSE AIII – AII PLANT MECHANIC COURSE AII - I CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR COURSE ASSAULT PIONEER COURSE PLATOON SERGEANTS COURSE
10 WEEKS 16 WEEKS 16 WEEKS 16 WEEKS 12 WEEKS 9 WEEKS 13 WEEKS
SCHOOL OF ORD A CE (SOO)
Mission The School Mission is to equip Officers, men and women with knowledge and skills to meet operational and administrative manpower requirements of the Kenya Army and sister services in supply matters and Combat Service Support (CSS) during peacetime and War. Vision To train and achieve skills that enhances professionalism in support of the Army mission. Roles To impart knowledge on command and control of Kenya Army Ordinance Corps sub-units. Instill stores proficiency to young officers upon their posting to the Corps. Train Unit Stores Officers. Undertaking basic training to all selected servicemen and women posted to the Corps. Carrying out subsequent upgrading training to all Kenya Army Ordnance Corps trades. Carrying out basic and upgrading courses to all regimental storekeepers. Training Senior Non Commissioned Officers and Junior Non Commissioned Officers in matters pertaining to the Kenya Army Ordnance Corps. Courses run at (SOO S/ O COURSE TITLE DURATIO (a) (b) (c) 1. OFFICERS SUPPLY BASIC COURSE 24 WEEKS KENYA ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS OFFICERS 20 WEEKS 2. MID CAREER COURSE 3. WOs/SNCOs MATERIAL MANAGEMENT COURSE 14 WEEKS 4. ORDNANCE STORE KEEPERS BASIC COURSE 12 WEEKS ORDNANCE STORE KEEPERS UPGRADING 10 WEEKS 5. COURSE III - II ORDNANCE STORE KEEPERS UPGRADING 13 WEEKS 6. COURSE II - I 7. REGIMENTAL STORE KEEPERS BASIC COURSE 8 WEEKS 8. REGIMENTAL STORE KEEPERS COURSE III - II 8 WEEKS 9. REGIMENTAL STORE KEEPERS COURSE II - I 10 WEEKS 10. WOs/SNCOs COMMAND COURSE 10 WEEKS 11. DRILL & DUTIES BASIC COURSE 6 WEEKS 12. SKILL AT ARMS BASIC COURSE 5 WEEKS 13. NCOs COMMAND COURSE 14 WEEKS 14. JUNIOR NCOs CADRE COURSE 5 WEEKS 15. MESS MANAGERS COURSE 20 WEEKS 16. MESS STEWARD BASIC COURSE 25 WEEKS 17. MESS STEWARD UPGRADING COURSE III - II 10 WEEKS 18. MESS STEWARD UPGRADING COURSE II - I 10 WEEKS 19. FOOD PRODUCTION BASIC COURSE 18 WEEKS 20. FOOD PRODUCTION UPGRADING COURSE III - II 14 WEEKS 21. FOOD PRODUCTION UPGRADING COURSE II – I 19 WEEKS 22. AMMUNITION TECHNICAL OFFICERS COURSE 20 WEEKS 23. AMMUNITION TECHNICIAN BASIC COURSE 20 WEEKS AMMUNITION TECHNICIAN UPGRADING 20 WEEKS 24. COURSE III - II AMMUNITION TECHNICIAN UPGRADING 20 WEEKS 25 COURSE II - I 26. TAILORING BASIC COURSE 18 WEEKS 27. TAILORING UPGRADING COURSE III - II 14 WEEKS 28. TAILORING UPGRADING COURSE II - I 19 WEEKS 29. PAINTER SIGN WRITERS BASIC COURSE 18 WEEKS 30 PAINTER SIGN WRITERS BASIC COURSE III - II 14 WEEKS 31. PAINTER SIGN WRITERS BASIC COURSE II -I 18 WEEKS
SCHOOL OF TRA SPORT (SOT)
Mission The Mission is to train selected Armed Forces personnel on Motor Transport operations and maintenance/management of the Armed Forces equipment, vehicles and transport resources to the highest Military standards and in the most efficient manner. Vision The Vision is to produce Motor Transport operators and managers with practical skills and positive attitudes that will lead to enhanced vehicle equipments management/maintenance geared towards excellent serviceability state of the Armed Forces Transport resources. Roles Efficient and safe driving of all class B vehicles. Sound knowledge on vehicle servicing and preventive maintenance. Command, Control and adequate administration of both Motor Transport Personnel and equipment. Advise Commanders on co-ordination and economical use of transport. Courses run at School of Transport(SOT) COURSE TITLE DURATIO S/ O 1. BASIC DRIVERS COURSE 24 WEEKS INTERMEDIATE DRIVERS COURSE AIII 7 WEEKS 2. AII 3. ADVANCE DRIVERS COURSE AII – AI 7 WEEKS MOTOR TRANSPORT CORPORALS 7 WEEKS 4. COURSE 5. INSTRUSTOR EXAMINERS COURSE 13 WEEKS MOTOR TRANSPORT SERGEANTS' 12 WEEKS 6. COURSE MOTOR TRANSPORT OFFICERS' 10 WEEKS 7. COURSE KENYA ARMY CORPS TRANSPORT 10 WEEKS 9. YOUNG OFFICERS' COURSE 10. JNCO'S COMMAND COURSE 7 WEEKS 11. NCOS COMMAND COURSE 14 WEEKS 12. WOS/SNCOS COMMAND COURSE 14 WEEKS .
SCHOOL OF SIG ALS
Mission The mission is to train Officers, servicemen and women on the provision and maintenance of communication in the Army. Vision To provide professional and competent officers, men and women of the Armed Forces in the provision and maintenance of communication assets. Roles Fully understand communication principles for both static and field systems. Plan, deploy and administer Kenya Army radio, line, radio rely and VSAT communication systems. Command, Control and efficiently manage the available communication resources. Advice the staff and other Arms on associated matters affecting reliability and maintenance of Army communication equipments. Maintain and repair Army communication equipments. Courses run at School of Signal COURSE TITLE DURATIO S/ O (a) (b) (c) 1. OPERATOR SIGNALERS BASIC COURSE 16 WEEKS 2. OPERATOR SIGNALERS COURSE XIII - XII 18 WEEKS 3. OPERATOR SIGNALERS COURSE XII - XI 32 WEEKS 4. RADIO TECHNICIAN BASIC COURSE 57 WEEKS RADIO TECHNICIAN UPGRADING COURSE TIII 34 WEEKS 5. - TII RADIO TECHNICIAN UPGRADING COURSE TII 34 WEEKS 6 TI SIGNAL OFFICERS BASIC COMMUNICATION 30 WEEKS 7. COURSE 8. YEOMAN OF SIGNALS COURSE 23 WEEKS 9. REGIMENTAL SIGNALERS BASIC COURSE 18 WEEKS REGIMENTAL SIGNALERS UPGRADING 10. 16 WEEKS COURSE AIII – AII REGIMENTAL SIGNALERS UPGRADING 16 WEEKS 11. COURSE AII – AI 12. COMPUTER MAINTENANCE COURSE 13 WEEKS 13. COMPUTER OPERATIONS COURSE 6 WEEKS 14. JUNIOR NCOs CADRE COURSE 6 WEEKS 15. DRILL & DUTIES BASIC COURSE 6 WEEKS 16. WOs/SNCOs COMMAND COURSE 10 WEEKS
SCHOOL OF ELECTRICAL A D MECHA ICAL E GI EERI G (SEME)
Mission The mission of SEME is to impart technical skills for the maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment of the Armed Forces in order to sustain mobility and efficient execution of assigned tasks in Defence of the Kenyan Nation. Vision The vision is to equip Officers and Other ranks with adequate technical skills to ensure the operational fitness of electrical, optronics and mechanical equipment of the Armed Forces. Roles Inspect, repair and recover all mechanical and electrical equipment of the Army. Make necessary modifications in line with the existing technical and other regulations. Command, Control and efficiency manage the available EME resources. Advise the staff and other Arms on professional engineering and associated matters affecting the reliability and maintenance of Army equipment. Courses run at (SEME) COURSE TITLE DURATIO S/ O (a) (b) (c) 1. ARTIFICER VEHICLE COURSE 55 WEEKS 2. ARTIFICER WEAPON COURSE 52 WEEKS 3. VEHICLE MECHANIC INDUCTION 7 WEEKS 4. VEHICLE MECHANIC BASIC COURSE 26 WEEKS 5 VEHICLE MECHANIC COURSE AIII - AII 12 WEEKS VEHICLE MECH UPGRADING COURSE 12 WEEKS 6. AII – AI AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL INDUCTION 7 WEEKS 7. COURSE AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL BASIC 26 WEEKS 8. COURSE AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL 18 WEEKS 9. UPGRADING COURSE III – II 10. AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL 12 WEEKS UPGRADING COURSE II – I 11. ARMAMENT MECHANIC BASIC COURSE 52 WEEKS 12. 13. 14 15 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. ARMAMENT MECHANIC COURSE III – II ARMAMENT MECHANIC COURSE II – I FITTER GENERAL INDUCTION COURSE FITTER GENERAL BASIC COURSE FITTER GENERAL UPGRADING COURSE III – II FITTER GENERAL COURSE II – I RECOVERY MECHANIC BASIC COURSE RECOVERY MECHANIC UPGRADING COURSE III – II RECOVERY MECHANIC UPGRADING COURSE II – I WOS/SNCOs COMMAND COURSE NCOS COMMAND COURSE DRILL & DUTIES BASIC COURSE SKILL AT ARMS BASIC COURSE 18 WEEKS 18 WEEKS 7 WEEKS 17 WEEKS 12 WEEKS 27 WEEKS 26 WEEKS 28 WEEKS 28 WEEKS 12 WEEKS 13 WEEKS 6 WEEKS 6 WEEKS
A vehicle mechanic class in session at the School of Electrical Mechanical Engineering . A Servicewoman undergoing a signal Voice procedure lesson at the School of Signals A computer class in session at the school of Signals
THE KE YA ARMY FORMATIO S
The Kenya Army is made up of various formations and services. Kenya Army Formations Kenya Army Infantry......Read more Kenya Army Paratroopers......Read more Kenya Army Armour ........Read more Kenya Army Artillery .........Read more Kenya Army Engineers .......Read more 50 Air Calvary Battalion (50 ACB) ....Read more Kenya Army services Kenya Army Ordnance Corps(KAOC).....Read more Kenya Army Corps of Transport ............Read more Kenya Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (KAEME) ....Read more Kenya Army Corps of Signal (KACS) .....Read more Military police Corps.............Read more Kenya Army Education Corps ......Read more Medical Battalion ...........Read more Armed Forces Constabulary (AFC) ...Read more
Kenya Army Infantry Soldiers Marching Past In Battle Dress
An Infantry sniper (special marks man)
Kenya Army Paratroopers on a match Past Parade
Kenya Army Paratroopers in training.
Kenya Army Paratroopers exit from the plane
Kenya Army Sky Diver in action
A Tank Crewman Infront Of Two Main Battle Tanks
EVOLUTIO OF KE YA ARMY ARMOUR
Ferret scout car
AML scout car
Main Battle Tank
Field Artillery Gunners in Training Area
120MM Mortar Crew in Training
105 mm Park Howitzer Crew in Training105 mm Light Gun Crew in Training
Kenya Army Engineers Open Up a Road in West Pokot In Kanyerus Area in 2006
A Main Battle Tank crosses a ditch through a Medium Girder Bridge .
A Main Battle Tank crosses a ditch through a Medium Girder Bridge
Kenya Army Ordnance Fuel Bowzers (Tankers)
Kenya Army Ordnance Supply Vehicles Kenya Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Field Workshop Vehicle
Kenya Army Signal Communication Equipments. Military Police woman pining an entry pass on a visitor Cadets attending the 15th graduation ceremony at Egerton University in 2003.They were awarded Diplomas in Military Science.
50 AIR CALVARY BATTALION (ACB)
50 ACB Gunships ready for takeoff
Kenya Army Helicopters on a reconnaissance mission.
ARMED FORCES CO STABULARY (AFC)
Mission To provide physical security to Armed Forces installation and protect them from theft or damage and destruction by fire.Vision To continue recruitment of suitable personnel as per the new establishment in order to realize 100% manning level. Roles Provision of physical security to Armed Forces installations. Provision of fire services to Armed Forces Ordinance Depots. Breeding, training and upkeeping of guard dogs. Overall responsibilities for annual fire inspection.
Armed Forces Constabulary returning Kenya Armed Forces Constabulary Dog handler ammunition after guard duties
Kenya Army Bandsmen and Bandswoman
Kenya Army Band on Parade
Kenya Army Chaplaincy Service
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