UPDF trains marines, to recruit 3,000 soldiers


A marine unit at Lake victoria


Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) will recruit 3,000 soldiers in September 2015.

“Each District will be allocated a quota, applicants should have sat at least 0 level exams 2 years ago,” says Chief of Defence Forces, General Edward Katumba Wamala.

Katumba cautions the youth against joining rebel groups reminding them that UPDF has defeated 26 rebel groups.

“I condemn the local council officers who often recommend people who lack the required academic qualifications.”

He says the government’s decision to send troops to neighbouring countries shows that UPDF is strong.

“We have always been sending troops on peace missions abroad, but I have never seen UN troops here to maintain stability.”


Katumba addressing potential recruits

He says the army has wiped out all the bad elements who wanted to destabilize the country.

Meanwhile, army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says UPDF has also passed out marines to bolster the navy.

The marines, according to Ankunda, have been undergoing a basic induction and instruction course at Entebbe military base.

From 2007 to 2011, the International Institute for Strategic Studies has estimated the UPDF has a total strength of 40,000–45,000, and consists of Land Forces and an Air Wing.

The IISS Military Balance 2007 says there are 1,800 paramilitary personnel, which include the Marines—Uganda’s naval force.

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There is also an 800-strong Uganda Police Force Air Wing with one Bell JetRanger, and a 600-strong Border Defence Unit equipped only with small arms.

The UDPF Marine Wing has 400 personnel, and eight riverine patrol craft, all of less than 100 tonnes.

Its main mission is to patrol Lake Victoria and the Nile River.

Colonel Micheal Nyarwa is reported as the current commander.

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