On a Monday morning, the Embakasi Garrison in Nairobi witnessed a gathering of numerous National Youth Service (NYS) graduates, all eager to seize the opportunity to join the Kenya Defence Force (KDF). However, the day unfolded with bitter disappointment for many who had traveled from distant corners of the country, only to find themselves excluded from military service.
These hopeful candidates had invested not only their time but also their hopes and dreams, with some even spending the night at the recruitment center in anticipation of being chosen. Unfortunately, fortune did not favor them this time.
The prerequisites for eligibility were clear: aspiring recruits needed to be former NYS trainees, possess a clean certificate of good conduct, and provide the necessary educational documents. In addition to these requirements, NYS trainees fervently appealed to the military authorities to give priority to individuals nearing the age of 30. The age limit for NYS recruits aspiring to join the KDF is capped at 29.
Frustration and disappointment were palpable among the candidates, many of whom shared their stories of relentless determination. For some, this pursuit had spanned nearly a decade, underscoring the immense desire and dedication that brought them to this moment.