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Age Limit for KDF Generals: Understanding the Importance of Retirement at 62

42 Unbeatable Facts About Elite Special ForcesIn Kenya, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has a mandatory retirement age of 62 years for generals. This policy has been in place for many years and has sparked debates and discussions on why this age has been set for the retirement of the generals. In this article, we will explore the reasons behind this policy. Firstly, it is important to note that the KDF is a professional organization that requires its members to be physically fit, mentally sound, and competent. As such, the mandatory retirement age for generals is aimed at ensuring that the KDF is always manned by individuals who meet these criteria. At age 62, it is believed that most generals will have served the KDF for over 30 years, and it is considered an appropriate age for them to retire and make way for younger officers to take over.KDF ranks: From senior-most position to the lowest - The Standard

Secondly, retirement at age 62 is in line with the government's policy on retirement age for civil servants. The government, through the Public Service Commission, has set the retirement age for civil servants at 60 years. However, the KDF is a specialized organization that requires specialized skills, and as such, the retirement age has been extended to 62 years for generals. Thirdly, retirement at age 62 allows the KDF to plan for the succession of its generals. By setting a retirement age, the KDF can plan for the replacement of retiring officers with younger and more competent ones. This ensures that the KDF remains a dynamic and effective organization that can respond to emerging security challenges.Robert Kibochi: The KDF general who narrowly missed taking over as ...

Finally, retirement at age 62 is aimed at promoting discipline and professionalism in the KDF. The KDF is a disciplined force that requires its members to adhere to high standards of professionalism and conduct. By setting a retirement age, the KDF is able to enforce discipline and ensure that its members do not overstay their welcome, thus creating a culture of discipline and professionalism.

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