General Service Unit (GSU) Recce Squad Company is a Special Forces unit of the GSU comprising of an unknown number of soldiers with its headquarters is located in Ruiru.
Due to its secretive nature in how the Recce Squad execute their operations, their number remains unknown but their results speak louder in all their missions following very rigorous training that the “normal” man cannot stand.
The group was first known when it conducted one of its major operations in Kenya; during the Westgate attack by the al-Qaeda affiliated group, the Al Shabaab.
RECCE Squad training is done in Kenya and abroad. These elite soldiers go through highly regarded military training in countries such as the United Kingdom, Israel and America and once trained, this team of soldiers can be compared with the British SAS, America’s Delta Force, France’s EPIGN and the Israel’s Sayaret Matkal.
For the team to perform such operations as the one conducted at the Garissa Massacre, the Recce squad trainees attend the basic GSU training school in Embakasi.
Thereafter, those fit for this special unit and emerge as the best in academic and field performance undergo a further 7 month specialized training in VIP protection, handling and detonating explosives, security of vital installations, anti-terrorism, sky marshal (the counter terrorism unit on board commercial flights) and rescue operations.
After completion of the rigorous training, these elite soldiers are deployed in the three different units to provide support to the other field companies of the General Service Unit.
The GSU Recce Company units include the Sky Marshal unit. This is the undercover counter terrorist unit on board commercial flights to counter aircraft hijackings.
The second one is the Crisis Response Team. As the name suggests, this team of elite soldiers is always on stand-by to swing into action incease of an operation which has gone out of hand.
Last but not least is the Rendition Operation team mostly trained in Israel and America.