The Commander Land Forces (CLF), Lt Gen Peter Elwelu has revealed to young officers the secret behind his journey from the lowest rank of a Private to his current rank of Lieutenant General.
He was on Friday afternoon presiding over the pass out of 93 Company Commanders, four of whom were female Officers. The graduation of the Officers who had completed six months of intensive training on commanding a company strength force was held at Junior Command and Staff College grounds in Gadaffi barracks, Jinja District.
“Company Commanders Course was very important in his career because it opened his eyes to the future. “When I finished the Company Commanders Course in Tanzania, that is when I saw light at the end of the tunnel. I could see, I am going somewhere,” he said.
He added that after the Company commanders course, every Officer should be able to foresee his/her future in the military because it is a critical intermediary course in the military career. And that whoever fails to do so, is in the wrong place.
He stressed that how well a person grasps the course and the extent to which he or she puts to practice the fighting skills attained in the course will greatly determine how the superiors will identify him or her for senior-level progression.
Gen Elwelu further noted that he applied military science alongside other leadership and moral attributes such as honesty, humility, obedience, and hard work.
“I have never exalted myself, I am honest, I work without the need for supervision, and I am very loyal to my God, superiors, parents, and the government. That is what has brought me this far,” Gen Elwelu noted.
He emphasized that he never sought for any favors or solicited for any deployment. He has simply applied his military science and added on those moral/leadership attributes, and it has put him where he is. “That is how the Generals made it to where they are, not by shortcuts,” he chipped in.
He thus discouraged young officers from soliciting for deployments adding that one does not need to seek any favors or soliciting for deployments to reach where they are meant to be.
The Lt General discouraged the officers from looking for soft landings where there is money which is bound to make them land into mistakes. He said officers should strive to build the UPDF, with or without an emolument.
He counseled that no matter where someone is placed, without the requisite skills and attributes, that person will stagnate.
Conclusively, Gen Elwelu observed that soldiering is a calling from God and that there are no short cuts to the top. That military service should not be accompanied by vices such as seeking favors.