The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) will recruit 3,000 soldiers this October, UPDF spokesperson Brig Richard Karemire has announced. The nationwide recruitment exercise will take place between October 16 and 29, 2017 in 116 districts.
The drive seeks to address the human resource deficit arising out of the retirement of a similar number of personnel who will be leaving the forces over the next two years. Up to 1700 of these will be retiring in November, this year.
Brigadier Karemire told Journalists at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala that this year’s recruitment will cover only regular personnel, with a minimum qualification of the Uganda Certificate of Education, and science biased professionals, with not more than the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) obtained over the last three years.
Up to 49 recruitment centres will be set up across the country for the regular personnel recruitment while the recruitment of professionals will be conducted at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala. District quotas’ according to Brig Karemire, will be determined by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics population data of 2014.
The recruitment targets unmarried Ugandan nationals aged between 18-25 with a valid National Identification Card, good character, medical fitness certification and the relevant education certifications. Brig Karemire however says that female applicants will be accorded affirmative action.