Their assignment become so secretive that not even their closest buddies within the military knew about it, and their arrival on US soil on August eight, 2009 was the second time is as a few years that Kenyan squaddies had stepped out for specialised Ranger training.
Those six individuals of the elite assignment would, months later, pioneer the Kenyan Pre-Ranger Programme.
Their training entails lessons in survival, exposing the men to pressure and suffering while making them masters of disguise, deceit and sabotage.
The special operators are also specialists in counter-terrorism; urban, desert, mountain and bush combat; and the handling of a wide range of weapons, from light infantry arms to heavy artillery.
After they came back, a Rangers Strike force (RSF) was set up, however its training and operations continue to be a nicely-guarded secret.
Nearly at the same time, some other elite unit, the special Forces (SF), was established, forming Kenya’s first special Operations force. The group, referred to as special Operations Regiment (SOR), is made up of the Rangers Strike force — recognized as 40RSF — and special Forces (SF) — known as 30S.
Instead of using the large conventional troop deployments, KDF will employ the smaller but more effective elite units whose deployment ratio is about an eighth of that of conventional troops.
For the first time, we got access to Ranger’s training school based at Gilgil. Here is the story.
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