Kenya Air Force Ranks

Kenya Air Force Ranks

Kenya Air Force Ranks. The Kenya Defence Force (KDF) is one of Kenya’s security arms in charge of the country’s warfare on Land, Sea and Air. The primary objective of the KDF is to DEFEND and PROTECT the SOVEREIGNTY and territorial INTEGRITY of the Republic of Kenya.

About Kenya Air Force Ranks

The Kenya Airforce rank system is a hierarchical relationship that provides a system of leadership that indicates a soldier’s level of expertise, responsibility and authority. Each level of leadership has a significant role in the total Kenya Defence Force mission.

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Kenya Defence Force ranks have adopted a distinct two-tier system of Officers and Service Members. Officers are at the top of the hierarchy and are granted commission by the Commander-in-Chief, thus referred to as commissioned officers and service members are referred to as Other Rank Officers. 

Ranks are displayed on the shoulder of each KDF member. The KDF has a meritocracy system where one has to pass promotional examinations, be disciplined and have the integrity to be considered for the next rank.

Types of Ranks in the Kenya Defence Force

The Kenya Defence Force is made up of two distinct ranks across all three arms. These are;

  1. Commissioned Ranks (Officer Ranks)
  2. Service Members Ranks (Other Ranks)

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Ranks in the Kenya Air Force- Officers Ranks

Below is a list of commissioned officers’ ranks in the Kenya Air Force in order of superiority;

  1. General
  2. Lieutenant General
  3. Major General
  4. Brigadier
  5. Colonel
  6. Lieutenant Colonel
  7. Major
  8. Captain
  9. Second Lieutenant

Kenya Air Force Officers Ranks and Insignias

KDF Airforce Ranks for Commissioned Officers


Ranks in the Kenya Air Force – Other Ranks

Below is a list of Service Members’ ranks also known as other ranks in the Kenya Air Force in order of superiority;

  1. Warrant Officer Class I
  2. Warrant Officer Class II
  3. Senior Sergeant
  4. Sergeant
  5. Corporal
  6. Lance Corporal

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Kenya Air Force Other Ranks and Insignias

Kenya Air Force Ranks and Insignia

Kenya Defence Force Contact Information

Ministry of Defence
Ulinzi House , Lenana Road
P O Box 40668 – 00100 Nairobi
Telephone No: 2712054
Fax No: 2722270
Working Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

KDF Website

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