It was a moment of pride as recruits took an Oath of Allegiance to serve the Republic of Kenya as KDF soldiers after a rigorous six month training at the Recruits Training School (RTS), Eldoret. This took place at Moi Barracks Eldoret during the 2021 Recruits Passing Out Parade on Friday, 5th November 2021.
In a colourful parade led by the Parade Commander, Lt Col Gilbert Kinanga and other instructors, the recruits mounted a Guard of Honour for H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta. The President was escorted by the Chief of the Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi and the Commandant RTS Brigadier Paul Njema.
During their training, the recruits were evaluated, tested and assessed in various military disciplines as individuals and in groups. The President awarded the best division, company, platoon, section and recruits who excelled in various disciplines.
In his address, H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, reminded the new soldiers that they are joining the ranks of KDF at a consequential time in Kenya’s history; a time when Kenya’s sovereignty and the inviolability of its borders are subject to unprecedented threats.
“In response to these conventional and asymmetrical threats, the military that you are formally joining today is one, which has experienced tremendous enhancement of its capabilities, capacity, conditions of service, and operational readiness over the last decade,” said the President.
The new soldiers will report to their new units where they will receive specialized training specific to their areas of deployment.