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.
The Squad whose commandos are usually identified by their heavy combat gear, dark military goggles and sophisticated weapons are hardly seen in public unless on necessary occasions.
The Recce commandos are known for facing the terrorists head-on, leaving them no chance. They also strive ensure all survivors are evacuated safely and as fast as possible. Their movements and actions are precise, knowing when to evacuate people and where to strike.
During the 2015 attack at Garissa University, it took them 30 minutes to neutralize the killers. Were it not for the transportation challenges from Nairobi, the number of casualties could have been lower.
RECCE SQUAD TRAINING
The Recce Squad is an elite paramilitary unity of the General Service Unit. After basic training in Embakasi, GSU recruits who show exemplary talent are taken for further training at the Magadi Field Training Camp, Solio Ranch and Ruiru College
At Ruiru college they 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.
The next step is further training abroad to the USA, UK and Israel where they are equipped with military-like skills. After training, team of soldiers can be compared with the British SAS, America’s Delta Force, France’s EPIGN and the Israel’s Sayaret Matkal.
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.