Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has revealed it is set to conduct a four-day countrywide call up of 2,752 reservists needed to reinforce the Ugandan peacekeepers in Somalia.
This is according to a statement released on Wednesday.
The exercise will take place between January 20 to 23, and will be coordinated by the office of General Officer Commanding Reserve Forces (GOC-RF).
The mobilized veterans will form Uganda Battle Groups Thirty-One and Thirty-Two (UGABAG XXXI and UGABAG XXXII) to augment UPDF operations under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Article 17 of the Constitution of Uganda and Section 31 of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Act 7 of 2005 empower the Commander-In-Chief to order all or part of the Reserve Force to be on continuing full-time military service for such a period of time as he (C-In-C) may determine.
UPDF says the call up targets only the honorably discharged/retired UPDF veterans from the rank of Major and below.
Eligible candidates are those aged 55 years and below, have no criminal record, and in possession of original national IDs as well as discharge/retirement certificates.
The candidates will be screened for physical, medical and mental fitness.
This is not the first time the Ugandan army is calling up reservists.
Battle Groups Nine Plus (UGABAG 9+) of 2012 comprised of reservists. UGABAG XXX that is at its final stage of pre-mission training for the Somalia mission is also comprised of reservists.
UPDF says it is committed to building its Reserve Force as part of its professionalization drive.