The National Youth Service (NYS) is on the lookout for dedicated young individuals eager to serve their country. Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria has unveiled plans for a massive recruitment exercise set to take place between February 5 and 9, 2024, across all sub-counties in Kenya.
This call for volunteers targets Kenyan youth aged between 18 and 22 years old. Enlistees will undergo a demanding six-month non-combat paramilitary training upon joining the service. The national service commitment involves a minimum of six months, during which recruits may engage in activities such as construction, vector control, slum upgrade programs, traffic control, public security, and agriculture.
Aspiring participants must meet specific requirements:
1. A minimum of a D (plain) in their KCSE exams.
2. Being a Kenyan citizen and a resident of the respective sub-county.
3. Possessing an original National ID and academic certificates.
4. Having a certificate of good conduct.
5. Being ready for medical check-ups and rigorous physical training.
In contrast to the past, where participation was mandatory for university admission before the late 1980s, recruitment into NYS is now entirely voluntary. Successful candidates completing their compulsory national service will subsequently receive training in various fields such as agriculture, engineering, and hospitality at technical and vocational schools within NYS. Remarkably, this training is provided free of charge to all recruits.
The NYS’s call for voluntary service underscores its commitment to empowering the youth and fostering national development. Aspiring volunteers are encouraged to heed this call, contributing their skills and dedication to building a stronger, more prosperous Kenya.