kenya defense forces, kdf salary scales

There is a common notion that the Kenya Defense Forces, commonly known as KDF remunerates well. This has seen many Kenyan youths aged between 26 and 34 years of age turning up for recruitment every year with hopes to be selected and earn huge sums of money.

Some even struggle to join the National youth service so as to be on the higher notch at the KDF selection arena, which has seen many of them selected into the forces successfully.

This is because most recruitment priorities are given to youths fresh from the National Youth Service.

Indeed, the army or defense forces in this context play a major role in any country. They ensure security and protects a country’s boundaries, among others.

The defense forces are a measure of a country’s political and military power. This explain why none of the country’s government on this globe underpays their defense forces team.

In Kenya, the Kenya Defense Forces salary scales vary majorly depending on ranks. Other secondary factors include education, and years of experience. The KDF members are always exposed to major risks especially when they go outside boundaries on missions. All these risks see them with handsome allowances which inflates their salaries.

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Recently, the Kenya Defense Forces salaries were increased by 2.5 billion. The highest earning KDF employee is the Chief of Defense Forces (who is in the highest rank possible that one may achieve in the forces and earns Kshs. 1,120,000).

The Commander in Chief of the forces is the Presidents of the Republic whose salary is known. The lowest earning employee is in the rank of Private corporal (they pocket Kshs. 19,941 per month).

Here are the Kenya Defense Forces revised salaries from the lowest rank to the highest in Kenyan Shillings

Kenya Defense Forces Updated Salary Scales 2020

No.RankMonthly Pay
1Private Corporal19,941
2Lance Corporal26,509
3Corporal32,250
4Captain73,182
5Major102,106
6Lieutenant Colonel130,735
7Colonel153,317
8Lieutenant General632,984
9Commander of the Kenya Navy902,432
10Commander of the Kenya Air-force906,014
11Vice Chief of Defense Forces927,500
12Chief of Defense Forces1,120,000