By Najibu Mulema

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) is set to end the national recruitment exercise which started two weeks ago.

The army gave chance to every district to participate in the process and today 270 slots are remaining to be selected from Karamoja, Bukedea, Sebei and Bugisu region.

Out of the 3,000 needed, the army has so far recruited 2,800 youths.

Accordingly to the deputy army spokesperson, Maj. Henry Obbo, the recruitment process has been too competitive because it attracted big turn ups which forced the army to conduct extra tests on the recruits.

“More than 8,000 had applied to join the army since October 17th when the recruitment exercise started in the central region,” said Maj. Obbo.

He attributed the high turn up to high unemployment rate among the youth however, on the other hand he applauded the high turn up of recruits as a good thing for the army.

The recruitment has been carried out to get replacements for those who retired due to old age and sickness.

In the last financial year more than 1,500 soldiers were retired.

The age requirement for ordinary recruits is 18 to 25 with a recommendation letter signed by the Gombolola internal security officer, village and sub county chairpersons, must be a citizen, valid academic documents of atleast Uganda Certificate of Education or its equivalent with a bias in sciences and a national Identity card.

However, during the process over 6,000 failed because they never had the requirements or failed the medical tests while others forged academic papers.