UPDF to Recruit 10,000 Into the Force

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) is set to recruit at least 10,000 Ugandans into different positions in the force.

The recruitment will commence in two phases, the first one being General Recruits which will include 8300 regular recruits between June 18th to July 4th and Special Recruitment between June 30th and July 1st covering 100 medical personnel, 1000 drivers and mechanics and 600 air force soldiers.

To be recruited, one must be a Ugandan aged between 18 and 25 for regular 18 and 30 for professionals, in possession of a National identity card, must be in good health, medically fit, must be single with no children and of good conduct backed by letters from the LCs and GISOs.

According to a release signed by Brig. Gen.  Felix Kulayigye the  defence spokesperson, regular recruits should possess a minimum of S.4 and S.6 with bias in science subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics whereas professionals should hold Degrees or Diplomas in Medicine, Engineering, Chemistry, and Education or possess qualifications in vocational skills.

Series of recruitments will be held at the Kololo Airstrip, Gadhafi Barracks, Jinja and some at respective districts whereas members of the Air Force shall be recruited at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds.

“In 2004, the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs undertook a comprehensive programme to transform the UPDF into a modern, professional and accountable force subordinate to the civilian authority. We therefore would like to inform the public that UPDF is once again embarking on a recruitment exercise to attract very composed and patriotic Ugandans ready to serve in the regular, professional and specialised units.” Kulayigye said

“The UPDF leadership has set up teams to ensure that the exercise runs successfully, and districts are further encouraged to meet their quotas allocated,” He added.

The UPDF currently has troops deployed in Somalia on a peacekeeping mission, another group in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo to oust rebel and militant groups.

Another group of the forces have since embarked on a mission in the Karamoja region to tackle the Cattle rustling crisis, among other expeditions elsewhere.

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