Today, President William Ruto is set to preside over the commissioning parade for new graduate and General Service Officer cadets at the military academy in Lanet, Nakuru.
The parade will see the new cadets being commissioned after successfully undergoing a one-year training program.
The training involved both academic and character development aimed at equipping the cadets with leadership and command skills necessary for their future military careers.
The cadets are drawn from the three services of Kenya Army, Navy, and Airforce, with some officers from the East African Community also trained at the academy.
Upon commissioning, all the officers graduate with the rank of Second Lieutenant, which is the lowest rank among commissioned officers.
The academy is a college of the National Defence University-Kenya and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in military and security studies under its programs.
Before the commissioning parade, cadets must meet the Commissioning Board’s requirements.
To be eligible for cadet training, candidates must be between 18 to 26 years for GSOs and up to 30 years for specialist officers and score a minimum of B (plain) in KCSE.
Cadet training involves professional training, academic development, and character development, where cadets are equipped with necessary soldiering skills, critical thinking, and professional pride in response to military command.