Kenya Special Forces as the name suggests is a special unit in the military and trained to perform swiftly, efficiently and with least casualties if not none.
The unit performs unconventional high-risk missions which include counter-terrorism, rescue missions, raids, reconnaissance surveillance and intelligence collection among others as assigned from time to time.
They are distinct from the other troops; they are worldwide recognized with their green berets and in Kenya, they showcase their prowess in the annual Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) shows.
These troops are specially trained to land anywhere with the help of paratroopers. This enables them perform risky missions, land without the enemy’s attention, sabotage and attack when it is least expected.
Some refer to them as an “airborne force” due to the manner in which they conduct their operations.
The 20 Parachute Battalion based in Gilgil forms the country’s jewel in the military. However, Kenya Special Forces training is one that not any normal being can stand. It is vigorous, takes a longer duration and could probably kill.
The training involves Parachute Training Wing, Tactics Training Wing and Weapons Training Wing.
These three training departments have produced exceptional military troops who now form the Kenya Special Forces troops with the ability to operate internally and externally in their security operations.
Some of Kenya Special Forces successful operations include the Shifta Campaign in North Eastern Province, Ngoroko Campaign and Operation Good Hope.
Kenya Special Forces legacy continues to date as seen during the capturing of Kismayu in Somalia against the Al Shabaab. These troops paved way for the Kenya Defence Forces in 2012.