Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) just concluded its latest round of recruitment.
In this round, the army needed only 4000 new soldiers, which were to be selected on a quota basis from all regions of the country.
As has been the case in the recent past recruitments however, the UPDF was overwhelmed by thousands that showed up at different recruitment centers to compete for the few slots.
UPDF spokesman Brig Richard Karemire says the army regretted to disappoint those that were turned away.
“Regrettably, not all those that came to the various centers could be taken on because of the limited vacancies available in the force,” he said.
“Only 4000 slots as communicated earlier were available and subsequently filled.”
Karemire however, urged those rejected not to lose heart, encouraging them to come back in the next round.
“…there will always be similar opportunities in future to serve our motherland as long as one meets the set standards.”
The new recruits on the other hand, Karemire said, will “add value to the UPDF modernization, thus contributing to the sustainment of peace and stability in our country.”