Women in the army

INTRODUCTION

Women were first recruited in the Defence Forces in 1972. They remained a single entity as the Women Service Corps (WSC) . They served under different terms and conditions of service designed to meet the requirements of Defence Forces taking into account their special needs.

The Women Service Corps was dissolved on 1 Dec 1999 and its personnel were integrated into the mainstream formations of the Defence Forces. They serve under the same terms and conditions of service as their male counterparts with various safeguards to suit their special individual needs.

In the Kenya Army, Women traverse the whole spectrum of careers including drivers, mechanical and electrical engineering, communications technicians, clerks, accountants, military police women, lawyers,doctors and Infantry .

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Major (Dr) Marion Amulyoto posing with a Kenya Defence Forces dog at the 1st Canine Regiment at HPSS, Embakasi on 28 November 2013.

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The first female reverend deployed to Somalia, Major (Rev) Jane Wairimu, giving a sermon at Dhobley in Somalia.

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Major (Dr) Marion Amulyoto (Middle), Senior Private Agnes Atieno (Left) and Senior Private Leah Wangari (Right) posing with the Kenya Defence Forces dogs at the 1st Canine Regiment at HPSS, Embakasi on 28 November 2013.

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Senior Private Kwamboka during Operation Linda Nchi.