If you’re thinking about joining the Army, I’d say just go for it – the army is a fantastic career ~ LCPL Laura Phillips, Royal Signals.
UK allows non citizens who are member of Commonwealth countries to enlist in British Armed Forces. Kenya being part of Commonwealth, a good number of Kenyans have grabbed this golden opportunity, and are now happily serving the prestigious British Army.
You don’t have to be a UK resident to join British Army.
To join the British Army from Kenya, you need to meet a set of basic requirements.
These include age, nationality, health and fitness. They also ask about your education and qualifications, but this is to help to find the right role for you. You can still join the Army if you have no formal qualifications.
Do you meet the basic standards needed to join the British Army?
When you apply to join the Army, you will need to meet certain entry requirements. Everyone who joins must meet these requirements, and they will be checked as part of your application.
Applications are done online through this Link. https://apply.army.mod.uk/how-to-join/can-i-join/nationality
However, applicants are required to have a passport that is valid for at least two years from your start date in the Army. You must be applying to join the Regular (full time) Army. You cannot join as a Reservist (part time) as a Kenyan, unless you naturalised and become a Citizen.
There is also limitations if you enlist as a foreigner. Some ranks are reserved for Citizens only. If you want to naturalise while you’re serving, you’ll need to pay all the costs and make sure you meet the Home Office’s requirements. Your service can count towards the residency part of the requirements.
Once in the Army, you can bring your family if you and your family can meet the immigration rules, and can pay for visa and travel costs.
Salaries And Benefits For British Army
Unfortunately, as a Kenyan, you will allowed to enlist as a soldier and not as an Officer.
According to British Army, this is the Salary Scale for enlisted Soldiers.
Recruits (in initial training); About Ksh 173,170 a Month.
Private: About Ksh 221,000 a Month.
Lance Corporal: About Ksh 290,000 a Month.
Corporal: About Ksh 345,000 a Month.
Sergeant: About Ksh About 388,000 a Month.
Other than hefty pay, you enjoy;
💥Extra opportunities to travel to new and interesting places around the world for free.
💥Free medical and dental care.
💥30 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays. If you’ve been on operations, you’ll get extra time off on your return too.
💥Army will pay all of the contributions towards your pension. If you serve for more than 20 years, you’ll also qualify for a tax-free lump sum from the age of 40.
💥Subsidised food and lodgings in the Army, free access to gym and sports facilities.