President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday applauded the KDF for maintaining high standards and for the role they have played in Somalia.
Uhuru said the Kenya Defence Forces is admired both at home and internationally for their discipline and professionalism.
He further commended the forces for inspiring confidence in Kenyans through the proud manner in which they display their patriotism.
“As Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, I take pride in the high standard that has been the hallmark of our Defence Forces,” the President said.
He also lauded the major role forces play in UN Peacekeeping Missions in various parts of the world, including Africa, Europe and Asia, among others.
He said the continuous participation of Kenyan military personnel in these missions reflects the confidence that the United Nations and, in particular, the Security Council, has in them.
Uhuru also lauded the role KDF has played in stabilising Somalia in the war against terrorism.
“We must be proud of the confidence bestowed on our troops serving outside our country and also the commendable gains they have made in the war against terrorists."
He said the confidence and success was a true testimony of the standard of our military training and professionalism, and reiterated the government’s commitment to continue investing more in national security agencies.
“We invest in our forces in the knowledge that we can only realise our stated goal of sustainable development only when the lives of our people and their properties are secure,” he said.
Uhuru spoke when presiding over the graduation ceremony of 2,988 new soldiers at the Kenya Defence Forces Recruits Training School. He called on the graduates to follow in the footsteps of their superiors and colleagues.
“Your fellow countrymen expect you to execute this noble responsibility and to guard the legacy that has been bequeathed to you by maintaining the dignity, distinction and repute of our Defence Forces. Their hope is that you will never betray that trust or in any way let them down."
The President also presented awards to several recruits who came tops in different fields.
The best recruit all round was Irene Kaleka of the Kenya Army, while Kenya Navy's James Ruriga was second best.
Timothy Kiptoo (Kenya Navy) and Reuben Ng'ang'a (Kenya Air Force) came out tops in sharp-shooting, with Kiptoo attaining the best shot G3, while Ng'anga was the best in the light machine gun category using Negev LMG.
The President was accompanied by Defense CS Rachel Omamo, Chief of Defence Forces, General Samson Mwathethe, Service Commanders, and other senior officials.
Uasin Gishu Governor Jakckson Mandago was among the dignitaries who attended the ceremony at the Moi Barracks, Eldoret.