The Ugandan army has announced that the second phase of recruiting Local Defence Units (LDUs) is set to kick off tomorrow, Wednesday October 10.
This follows the successful completion of the first phase of the exercise which began last month.
Deputy spokesperson of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), Lt Col Deo Akiiki said in a statement that: “The UPDF announces the second phase of recruitment of the LDU personnel from the District of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso which will start on Wednesday 10th October and end on Saturday 13th October 2018”.
Eligible candidates are those that are Ugandan citizens aged between 18 and 25, and possess a national identity card. They must also be healthy and mentally fit; ready to undergo medical and physical body check and a road run to test endurance and body fitness.
“Medical, mental and physical fitness will be checked at the recruitment centre as well as at the training school,” Lt Col Akiiki added.
Interested persons will also be required to present a minimum formal education of P.7 PLE to S.4 UCE or its equivalent and preferably with no other formal engagement or employment
In addition, one must avail duly signed letters of recommendations from LC1 Chairperson, LC1 secretary for Defence, PISO and GISO.
Discipline (with no criminal record) is also a prerequisite in the recruitment process.
The UPDF has appealed to members of the security Committees and local leaders in the three districts to mobilize towards a successful completion of the exercise.
Weeks ago, President Yoweri Museveni issued a directive for a call up of reserve forces to support enforcement of law and order in Kampala Metropolitan Area. He said that a total of 24,000 LDUs will be recruited under the short term (six months) security intervention.