The national army [UPDF] is embarking on a recruitment exercise in support of Uganda’s defence policy “sustaining peace and security for socio-economic transformation”.
Army spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, says the strategic significance of the Defence Policy of the Government of the Republic of Uganda is its resolve to ensure that our people live in peace and harmony with their security, values, believes and interests being upheld.
This will liberate their productive energy to achieve sustainable development. The Uganda Vision 2040 identifies peace, security and defence as one of the fundamentals that must be strengthened in order to harness the abundant opportunities if Uganda is to realize the envisaged socio-economic, political, technological and ideological transformational goals.
The Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs therefore, has a responsibility for national defence and security which is a prerequisite for sustainable socio-economic transformation.
“As the UPDF, we have a Constitutional mandate to preserve and defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Uganda,” Karemire said, adding that Article 208 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda provides among others that the UPDF shall be national in character.
Section 51 of the UPDF Act 2005 provides that members of the Defence Forces shall be recruited from every district of Uganda. It further provides that every person who wishes to be recruited into the Defence Forces shall first get the recommendation of his/her Village Local Council.
Section 52 of the UPDF Act 2005 lays down the mandatory requirements for those who wish to join the UPDF which include; a. Must be a citizen of Uganda; 2 b. Must be of good character; c. Must be at least 18 to 25 years for militants and for professionals 18 to 30 years; d. Must be medically fit etc.
It follows from the above legal provisions, that the UPDF will conduct a national wide recruitment which will commence from the 16th – 29th October 2017.
“We shall recruit those wishing to join as regular soldiers and professionals in order to enhance personnel for the different capabilities developed. We regret to inform the public that we won’t be taking cadet officers this year.”
He said the exercise shall cover 116 Districts; each allocated a quota calculated according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics published population census results of 2014.
However, the recently established districts of Namisindwa, Pakwach, Butebo, Rukiga, Kyotera and Bunyangabu will be handled under districts they were created from.
During the recruitment exercise, a person shall not be discriminated against on the ground of sex, ethnic origin, religion etc.
“This is in line with Article 21 of the 1995 Constitution of the republic of Uganda. However, in affirmative action, females are highly encouraged to participate,” he said.
He added: “A detailed program has been developed and will be published starting on Monday 2nd October 2017 and therefore you are requested to spread this information of national importance as widely as possible.”