The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi has congratulated the Special Forces Command (SFC) officers upon completing six weeks refresher course saying this should motivate them to serve their country better and also contribute positively to national and regional issues.
He said the course was organised with the aim of refreshing the officers both mentally and physically on the basics of military theories and practical applications.
“When you prepare like this, we are sure that you cancontribute positively to national and regional issues more professionally,” he said.
Lt Gen Mbadi noted that UPDF’s idea, with the guidance of the commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Gen. Yoweri Museveni, is to establish an effective, efficient and professional force that is acceptable to the people of Uganda in order to deliver its constitutional mandate.
He said this can only be achieved by undertaking refresher courses like these that are progressive and motivational.
Lt Gen Mbadi was Monday speaking as the Chief Guest at the SFC officers pass out at Nakasongola Military Barracks,in Nakasongola district.
The SFC officers trained for five weeks at the Special Forces training school at Sera Kasenyi and one week practical training at Nakasongola Military Barracks.
The officers underwent ideological orientation, physical training, political education and mobilization including various military and warfare drills and skills.
Lt Gen Mbadi later toured the training field and thereafter the trainees demonstrated to him what they learnt from the course.
He said courses like these improve the competence and proficiency of the officers for better work.
The Special Forces is a unique military force under UPDF tasked with executing high-risk military operations such as countering terrorists, counter insurgency, conventional warfare and protecting VIPs among others.
The President recently noted that it is because of such Special Operations that Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) was completely defeated in 2007 as well as the Al shabaab militants in Mogadishu.
“The Army is tough, but this is tougher. The army has big capacity but Special Forces create professional capacity in operating in small units and doing things that cannot be done in a regular way. Special Forces are an important force in building special capacity,” he said.
“The snipers did a fantastic job when they went to Mogadishu, they helped the defeat of Al Shabaab from the Somali city,” Museveni said of Special Forces recently.
Mbadi urged the soldiers to perfect what they have learnt through continuously re-training and applying what they have acquired on ground to ensure consistency.
He urged the officers to have discipline and remain loyal to their country Uganda, constitution, the President, institutions and commanders.
He told soldiers to continue exercising in order to remain physically fit and healthy.
Mbadi warned the officers against contracting HIV/Aids, hepatitis among other sexually transmitted diseases urging them to take good care of their families, saying that ‘If you do not have a stable family, you will not perform well at work’.
He thanked the leadership of the SFC for coming up with the idea to organise the refresher course for the officers during the COVID-19 period.
The Commander special Forces Command Major Gen James Birungi said the administration of the SFC decided to train their officers during the COVID-19lock down in order to refresh themselves.
He noted that refresher courses are very good to remind the officers of their constitutional mandate and to learn new ideas from each other.
The President recently passed out 110 UPDF Commandos who completed 16 months of specialized training.