Moses Ngotho Githinji: Kenyan Engineer who Left the Country for the US, Ended up Working as a Dishwasher, Now Serving in the US Navy

Moses Ngotho Githinji, originally hailing from Kirinyaga County in Kenya, has overcome formidable challenges to emerge as a significant figure in the US Navy recruitment process.

Githinji’s journey towards the American dream commenced in 2011 when he and his family secured a green card, prompting their relocation to the US. Departing from his roots in Juja, Kenya, where he had worked as an engineer for a local company, Githinji faced the stark reality that his qualifications did not align with the requirements for a similar career in the US.

Undaunted by this setback, he took on a dishwashing job, a far cry from his professional background. The pivotal moment in Githinji’s trajectory occurred when he landed a packaging position at a warehouse, where he encountered a Ghanaian colleague who introduced the idea of joining the Navy.

Despite lacking any prior inclination toward a military career, Githinji found himself intrigued by the prospect, motivated by the imperative to provide sustainable support for his family, especially as his wife pursued a nursing course. Fueled by this newfound goal, Githinji sought the assistance of a recruiter to navigate the intricate application process.

Impressed by his commitment and determination, the recruiter secured him a spot in the Navy. The transition from dishwashing to military service presented its challenges, but Githinji persevered through the requisite training, officially joining the Navy in 2013.

Remarkably, Githinji observed disparities between the recruitment processes in Kenya and the United States, particularly highlighting the less stringent dental requirements in the US military compared to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). Addressing initial concerns within his family regarding potential deployment to war zones, Githinji assured them of his dedication to building a successful and secure career in the Navy.

Githinji’s service in the Navy extended until 2018 when he made a significant shift to a recruiting role. In this capacity, he played a crucial role in motivating and aiding young individuals interested in enlisting.

His counsel to closely collaborate with a recruiter who comprehends individual goals underscores the significance of mentorship and personalized guidance in navigating military opportunities. Throughout his military tenure, Githinji pursued a course in Cyber Security, with the Navy covering all associated expenses.

As Githinji anticipates his graduation in 2024, he extends an invitation to fellow Kenyans, encouraging them to contemplate applying for the US military.