Inside Gilgil’s Barracks, Home Of Kenya Special Forces, 40RSF And 30SF Differentiated

TOPSHOT – Special forces arrive at the scene of a blast at the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi on January 15, 2019, in Kenya. – (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images)

The Gilgil Barracks, located approximately a kilometre from Gilgil town, is home to the special operators. And, to enroll in the glad little family right here, you need to be extremely good in the military discipline. 

Members of these elite units are picked from the best of the best after pass outs, and straight away begin being examined for endurance, stress control and ingenuity.

The Rangers Strike Force (40th RSF) takes 63 days to train whilst the training for special Forces (30 SF) lasts for 6 months. One of the foremost variations between the 2 is that Rangers are trained by Americans and the special Forces by the British.

Opposite to what many assume, the special Forces aren’t a rapid deployment unit; the secret of their achievement is extensive training. 

They’re properly versed with details about power grids, water supplies, vegetation, the economy, roads and local politics. They plan, debate, and rehearse both combat and follow-on operations.

30 SF And 40th Ranger

During training, the Rangers spend 3 weeks in Isiolo, a comparable amount of time within the high-altitude Mount Kenya region, then move to the humid coastal army base at Manda Bay.

They train along such crack units which includes Britain’s special Air service (SAS), Sayaret Matkal of the Israel Defence force (IDF) and US Rangers.

A number of the training activities can traumatize even the bravest. according to KDF sources, they’re skilled to keep combating with out retreat whilst remaining flexible even under the most harsh situations.

Their training involves instructions in survival, exposing the guys to pressure and suffering whilst making them masters of disguise, deceit and sabotage.

The special operators are also on to counter-terrorism; urban, desert, mountain and bush fight; and the handling of a extensive variety of weapons, from light infantry arms to heavy artillery. some of those serving in Somalia have acquired training from the united states 3rd special Forces group on weapons and techniques, first aid, hostage rescue operations, map reading and navigation, field craft, humanitarian operations, VIP escort and protection, swimming and self-defence.

30th SF

Kenya’s special Forces are also being skilled by the British Marine Commandos on Counter-Insurgency Operations (COIN), Operations in built Up areas (OBUA) and sniper training, which incorporates stalking, marksmanship in long-range shooting, observation capabilities in scanning and searching, camouflage and concealment, collecting data from observation Posts (OPs) and counter sniper drills.

Rangers in Somali

Others are taken to numerous locations around the world, including in Belize, a country at the northeastern coast of central america on the Caribbean previously under British control, in which they conduct intelligence gathering, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance in a jungle environment.

“some of the recruits fail to finish the training because of injuries sustained in the path of the training, poor mindset towards the training or for not following commands,” an SF member who asked not to be named informed The Nation.


“The development of the land-based force has been targeted on sorts of devices; conventional army infantry and an elite Kenya army unique Operations force/Rangers Strike pressure.”
preliminary plans included setting up a 900-man KSOF Battalion at Gilgil by September 2011 however the entirety has not gone to plan due to the Somali incursion.

According to plans, the unit was alleged to include 450 frontline troops organised into 3 groups, with a further company in support, the battalion, a headquarters company, a heavy mortar platoon, a reconnaissance platoon and an anti-tank platoon. within the military the unit is referred to as the “green berets” or the “paras”.

Their work and activities are classified. This unit is stated to be a duplicate of the distinguished British crack unit, the SAS. the 20th Parachute Battalion had a Rangers Strike company, and it’s far this unit that was turned to the modern-day Rangers. The 20 Para and the special operations regiments are taken into consideration as the army commanders’ reserve and consequently can only be deployed with his consent. every special Forces soldier, a particularly professional operator, is taught to train, advise and assist host-nation military.

The special Operations force unit’s traditional missions consist of Unconventional warfare (UW), Direct action (DA), and close target Reconnaissance (CTR).

Close-quarter battle training
of the KDF Special Forces. IMAGE KDF

Unconventional warfare is a vast spectrum of military and paramilitary operations performed in politically and socially fragile zones, and their activities include guerilla warfare, evasion and get away, subversion, sabotage and low visibility, covert or clandestine operations.

Direct action entails seizing, destructive or destroying a target even as close target Reconnaissance entails operations behind enemy lines to provide the theatre commander with intelligence on the enemy or acquire information on its terrain and populace.

Deputy Army Commander Major General Albert Kendagor firing a gun synonimous with the Rangers And SF

In widespread, these elite forces are geared up with superior equipment which includes tactical satellite communications, high-frequency radios, and global positioning systems and medical kits. Their operations target interdiction, survival, evasions, resistance and break out and water infiltration.

In Somalia, special Forces are deployed inside the towns of Kolbio, Baadade, Kismayu and Burgabo while Rangers are stationed within the port city of Kismayu, Baadade and Beles Coqaani.Kolbio is stated to be on the shortest route to Kenya from Kismayu whilst Baadade is a strategic deployment to prevent incursions from behind.

SF Operator

SF has in most cases been involved in recce and infiltration missions while Rangers are being used as combatants strike force. in the struggle for Kismayu, the units were delivered first ahead of the rest using 11M Naval special inflexible Inflatables from Kenya naval warships.