President Yoweri Museveni is separating Special Forces Command [SFC] commanded by his son from the UPDF and making it an independent service unit.
SFC commander Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 42, was on Monday promoted to the rank of Major General.
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala, defended the promotion as “fair and normal routine programme”.
Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda told Daily Monitor that SFC would be made an autonomous Service Force within the UPDF.
“To command a Service Force, one must not be below the rank of Major General and he [Kainerugaba] has done all the requisite training. He also has command experience,” Ankunda told the newspaper.
The expansion, according to monitor, means SFC troop numbers, budget and equipment will increase to match the levels of the Land and Air forces, the existing two services created following a 2005 defence review.
The review, however, did not recommend establishment of SFC.
Special Forces guards the presidency, state guests and other Very Very Important Persons (VVIPs) as well key strategic national installations, including the oil fields.
Special Forces was founded during NRA guerilla war to protect the then rebel leader and his top commanders.
It became the Presidential Protection Unit after the capture of Kampala, then the Presidential Guard Brigade, Special Forces Group and Special Forces Command.
SFC has been involved in operations to fight against LRA, ADF rebels, took part in Somalia and South Sudan wars.