The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has cautioned potential recruits that having tattoos will result in their exclusion from the program.
“Get this from me you are not going to join the armed forces if you are spotting a tattoo,” said Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, the Vice Chief of Defense Forces, who presided over the launch of the recruitment exercise at the Defence Headquarters in Nairobi on Monday.
“People who stammer don’t do it by choice, but again, it’s competitive. This is a career; it’s not just any job. It requires very good communication,” Mwangi said.
Mwangi underlined the importance of effective communication in the military and insisted that candidates should be able to do so, especially under time constraints.
Even though tattoos are expressions of one’s individuality, Lt Gen Mwangi stated that candidates with tattoos that are too obvious will be dismissed.
“One must be medically fit and skin must be healthy devoid of large or deep scars and tattoos,” part of an advertisement announcing the recruitment reads in part.
Candidates with discoloured teeth are also unlucky.
To be recruited into the military, candidates must meet the minimum physical requirements: Minimum height for men 1.60m (5ft 3in) and women 1.52m (5ft). The minimum weight for men is 54.55 kg and for women 50.00 Kg.