All The Ranks In the Kenyan Military

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Our Miltary structure is the same as that of the British Army since we are all members of  Commonwealth of Nations. We have listed the period one needs to attain in order to be given the respective rank and their combat uniforms.

Kenya Army  Ranks (Non Commissioned officers)

1. Private

This is the lowest rank in the Kenya Army. One achieves it after completion of Phase 1 training.

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2. Corporal

This rank is achieved after attaining  6-8 years in the military.  Ability to lead is highly considered in order to get this rank, corporals are given command of more soldiers and equipment such as tanks and guns.

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3. Sergeant

This rank is achieved after attaining 12 years in the military. Sergeants are second in command of a troop of up to 35 soldiers, with a responsibility for advising and assisting junior officers in the mission.

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4. Senior Sergeant

One attains this rank after serving as a sergeant for a few years. A senior sergeant commands up to  120 soldiers.

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5. Warrant Officer II

Warrant Officer II is involved in a senior management role focusing on the training, welfare, and discipline of up to 120 soldiers. They mostly act as senior adviser to the Major in command of the sub-unit and may also be selected for a commission as an Officer.

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6. Warrant Officer I

This is the most senior soldier rank in the Army and it’s achieved after 18 years of outstanding service in the military.They are the senior advisors of their unit’s Commanding Officer, leading up to 650 officers and soldiers.

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Kenya Army Officers (Commissioned Officers)

1. Officer Cadet

This rank is held during initial officer training at Lanet.

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2. Second Lieutenant

This rank is held on commissioning and held for up to 3 years. They are responsible for leading up to 30 soldiers in a troop, both in training and on a mission.

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3. Lieutenant

Lieutenants command a troop of up to 30 soldiers, but with experience comes increased responsibilities than second Lieutenants. This rank is held for 3 years in the military.




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4. Captain

They are second in command of a subunit of up to 120 soldiers. They are majorly involved in the planning and decision-making process with tactical responsibility for operations on the ground as well as equipment maintenance, logistic support, and manpower.

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5. Major

This rank is attained after 8-10 years in military service. Majors command a  sub-unit of up to 120 officers and soldiers with key responsibility of training them and administration of the camp operations.

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6. Lieutenant Colonel

They command units of up to 650 soldiers, containing four or five sub-units for 2 years. They are responsible for the overall management of the units.

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7.Colonel

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They serve as staff officers between field commands at brigade level.

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8. Brigadier

Brigadiers command a brigade or sometimes are chosen as directors of operational capability groups such as a director of staff.

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9. Major General

They are responsible for senior staff appointments.

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10. Lieutenant General

This is second most superior rank in the Kenyan military after the General. Currently, the position is held by Lt. General Robert Kariuki Kibochi.

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11. General

This is the most superior rank in the Kenya Army.  He is responsible most senior appointments such as the Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of the General Staff. The position is currently held by Samson Mwathethe.

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