The Recruits Training School (RTS) is located 22 Kms from Eldoret town, Uasin – Gishu County. Before 7th July 2008 it was a constituent School of Armed Forces Training College (AFTC) Lanet now The Kenya Military Academy (KMA). It has since been detached from KMA and currently operates independently as the only Recruits Training institution in Kenya. Established back in 1955, it functioned as a training centre for Kenya Regiment based in Lanet, Nakuru County.
This was an additional force to the Kings African Rifles (KR) composed of British settlers who provided reserve forces for the colonial government. At that time, the training of troops in East and Central Africa was done in Jinja Uganda and Lanet in Kenya. The ‘Kenya Regiment troops” Training was terminated in 1961 in anticipation of Kenya’s independence. The new training centre was renamed The East Africa Training Centre (EATC) and continued training troops from Central and Eastern Africa and supervising troops training at the Unit’s level.
In 1969 the recruits wing was started as a single division at Lanet and in 1970, the centre was renamed Armed Forces Training College (AFTC). On 18 March 1971, the first intake of resident recruits commenced training in the college.
On 10 October 1983, the recruits training wing was expanded to 2 Divisions, upgraded to a constituent School of AFTC, renamed Recruits Training School (RTS) and relocated to Eldoret.
Currently the School is charged with the primary responsibility of training recruits. This is a process that entails transforming young men and women into robust soldiers of Kenya Defence Forces. Occasionally the School runs basic professional military courses such as Drill and Duties and Skill at Arms courses to enable junior NCOs perform their day-to-day duties effectively.
The task of transforming civilians into soldiers needs dedication, patience and perseverance. These are some of the virtues of the Instructor Cadre at RTS. The School motto is “Msingi Thabiti” and the training philosophy “Train hard fight easy”.