Kenya Navy Ranks

Kenya Navy Ranks

Kenya Navy 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 Navy Ranks

The Kenya Navy 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 Navy – Officers Ranks

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

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

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Kenya Navy Officers Ranks and Insignias

Kenya Navy Officers Ranks


Ranks in the Kenya Navy – Other Ranks

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

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

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Kenya Navy Other Ranks and Insignias

Kenya Navy Other Ranks

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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