Uganda peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) will be conducting this year’s nationwide recruitment from October 16 – 29, the UPF spokesman Brig Richard Karemire has said in a statement.
A few changes have been made in this years’ enlisting policy, which has led to ruling out of cadet officers in the program.
“We shall recruit those wishing to join as regular soldiers and professionals in order to enhance personnel for the different capabilities developed,” reads the statement in part.
“We regret to inform the public that we won’t be taking cadet officers this year.”
The exercise will be conducted in 116 districts, and “the recently established districts of Namisindwa, Pakwach, Butebo, Rukiga, Kyotera and Bunyangabu will be handled under districts they were created from.”
The number of recruits picked from each district depends on the population.
Ugandans have been encouraged to participate in the activity, more especially women as there will be no “discrimination” on grounds of sex, ethnic origin, religion etc.
The UPDF is constitutionally mandated to preserve and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda.
The September 30 statement states that to qualify for enrollment, an individual “Must be” among others “a citizen of Uganda; of good character; at least 18 to 25 years for militants and for professionals 18 to 30 years; and medically fit.”
More details about the program will be unveiled starting on Monday October 2.