Uganda’s national army, Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) will this month start a nationwide recruitment exercise for 4,000 regular soldiers and professionals into the Force.
The recruitment will be conducted from December 27, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
Article 51 and 52 of the UPDF Act, 2005 give UPDF authority to recruit Ugandans who meet the standards prescribed in all districts of the country.
While announcing the commencement of this exercise, the Ministry of Defence spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire said that the recruitment is in line with the Ministry’s comprehensive program undertaken in 2004 to transform UPDF into a modern, professional and accountable force to civilization authority. He says the undertaking has enabled UPDF to acquire requiste skills and capabilities to defend and protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda.
“This year’s recruitment exercise of 4,000 personnel, starting on 27the December, 2019 and closing on 5th January 2020, like the previous ones, aims at attracting very composed and patriotic Ugandans ready to serve regular, professional and specialised units. It is an opportunity for UPDF to to fill gaps created by retirements and also tap skills of personnel with competencies in science subjects required in the modern army,” said Karemire.
“Peace and stability remain a fundamental prerequisite for social-economic transformation of any country. It is therefore envisaged in the Uganda Vision 2040, that Uganda can only harness her abundant opportunities and achieve its aspirations when there is absolute tranquility,” he added.
Karemire says an individual eligible for the recruitment must be a healthy and medically fit Ugandan citizen between the age of 18-25 years and professionals between 18-30 years.
The recruit must be single with no children and possess a minimum formal education of UCE or UACE in science subjects. For professionals, only degree or diploma holders in medicine, chemistry, engineering, education and vocational skills are required.
Karemire who also doubles as the army spokesperson says the UPDF leadership has set up teams to ensure that the exercise achieves its objectives within the given time.
“Districts are encouraged to meet their quotas allocated as per the results of the population census which will be communicated by the team leaders,” he said.
Karemire cautioned individuals who may show up for recruitment with forged academic papers that they will be arrested and charged with impersonation and other related offences.