Thursday, February 18, 2010

Uganda: Army to Recruit over 3,000 Personnel

The army will next month embark on a countrywide exercise to recruit 3,650 personnel. Of the number, 150 will be officer cadets, while 3,500 will be privates, according to an advertisement.

The almost three-week exercise meant to boost numbers in the 50,000- strong force will begin on March 1.

Candidates should be between ages 18 and 25 years and must undergo health examinations including,HIV tests.

The cadets must have completed A'level or attained another qualification after that level, while recruits will need to present O'level certificates.

Applicants will also be required to present letters from the local council and security personnel.

Army spokesperson Felix Kulayigye yesterday said the new entrants are needed because of the constant exit of personnel. "Some people retire while others die so we must keep replacing them," he stated.

He added that they want professionals in medicine, law and engineering. About 3,000 people joined the army in a similar exercise held countywide last year.

By Herbert Ssempogo

Source: The New Vision (11/02/2010)

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