UPDF recalls 2,700 veterans to boost Force’s operations in Somalia

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The UPDF leadership through the office of General Officer Commanding Reserve Forces (GOC-RF) will conduct a four-day countrywide call up of 2,752 reservists from 20-23 January 2020.



Article 17 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and Section 31 of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Act 7 of 2005 empower the Commander-In-Chief (CIC) to order all or part of the Reserve Force to be on continuing full-time military service for such a period of time as he CIC may determine.



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The mobilized veterans will form Uganda Battle Groups Thirty-One and Thirty-Two to augment UPDF operations under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The GOCRF Commander Lt Gen Charles Awany Otema says the call up targets only the honorably discharged/retired UPDF veterans from the rank of Major and below.



In central region, the recruitment exercise will take place at Kakiri Barracks where 17 officers and 370 other ranks will be recruited. For greater Masaka, the recruitment exercise will take place at Masaka barracks where 9 officers and 148 other ranks will be recruited.
For South western Uganda, the exercise will take place at Mbarara second division barracks where 15 officers and 325 other ranks will be recruited. For Rwenzori region, the recruitment exercise will take place at Muhooti Barracks where 9 officers and 198 other ranks will be recruited.



For Busoga region, the recruitment exercise will take place at Gadaffi barracks where 9 officers and 188 other ranks will be recruited. Elgon and greater Bukedi region, the exercise will take place at Bugema barracks where 10 officers and 169 other ranks will be recruited.
While Teso region, the exercise will take place at Soroti barracks where 4 Officers and 52 other ranks will be recruited. For Karamoja region, the exercise will take place at Moroto third division barracks headquarters.
Otema said Acholi East, the recruitment exercise will take place at Aswa Acholi fifth division headquarters.



For Acholi West, the recruitment exercise will take place at Aswa Gulu fourth division barracks headquarters where 10 officers and 178 other ranks will be recruited.
For West Nile region, the recruitment exercise will take place at Bondo Barracks where 7 officers and 150 other ranks will be recruited.
For Bunyoro region, the exercise will take place at Masindi barracks where 7 officers and 143 other ranks will be recruited.



For Greater Mubende, the recruitment exercise will take place at Mubende barracks where 5 Officers and 107 other ranks will be recruited.
For Nakasongola, the exercise will take place at Nakasongola barracks where 6 officers and 100 other ranks will be recruited.
For Lango sub region, the recruitment exercise will take place at Lira barracks where 6 officers and 159 other ranks will be recruited



‘ ‘Candidates must be aged 55 years and below, have no criminal record, and in possession of original national IDs as well as discharge/retirement certificates. ‘’ he said
The candidates will be screened for physical, medical and mental fitness.
This is not the first call up of reservists. Battle Groups Nine Plus of 2012 comprised of reservists. UGABAG XXX that is at its final stage of pre-mission training for the Somalia mission is also comprised of reservists.



Otema dismissed claims that the situation is worsening in Somalia hence the recalling of retired UPDF veterans.
“There is nothing bad. They are going there for reinforcement. Reserves have been there before. Why don’t they go and earn a thousand dollars instead of taking a peanut here?” he said

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