President Museveni has urged the army leadership to closely follow careers of recruits, so that they do not “unnecessarily” stagnate and miss out on training opportunities.
Passing out 2,917 army recruits at Kaweweta basic military training school in Nakaseke district on July 1, Museveni particularly directed his message to the new UPDF chief of personnel and administration (CPA), Brig Joseph Musanyufu.
“The army is a very good career and recruits will find a lot of aantages, not [only] because of patriotism but, even for their own career progression,” Museveni said.
Museveni was glad to note that all recruits were well-educated, including at least 200 diploma-holders and 126 university graduates, with the least-educated having O-level certificates.
“Now that you have graduated and are going to be posted in the different arms of the army, make sure that you use that opportunity to learn more. If you learn more, you will progress much better,” the president said.
He also thanked the recruits who had finished what he described as a tough course.
“Military training is not easy it requires a lot of physical exertion but it also builds your stamina, body and your character. It is tough but very beneficial not only for the country but also for the individuals,” Museveni said.
The president, however, cautioned recruits against living recklessly.
“I want you to remain healthy avoid HIVAids and alcohol. I don’t know why people drink alcohol. Alcohol is a disabler. Please keep a long distance from [undisciplined] sex and corruption and concentrate on your work and study when given a chance,” he said.
Commending the trainers, the president welcomed emphasis on political education and discipline during the training. Having watched the firing range exercise, the obstacle course and parade, he said he was satisfied, except for only two times when he noticed a little miss-coordination when recruits were saluting with their arms and swords.
The instructors were also commended for training the recruits in ideology and the art of war, unlike in the past when recruits seemed to be only perfect in parades. The commandant of the school, Lt Col Bonney Geoffrey Wolimbwa, said out of 3,015 recruited on October 7 2013, 403 were female. At least 98 recruits failed to meet standards, leaving 2,917. Of the finalists, 395 were female.
Two recruits died during the 36-week training. Simon Wandera succumbed to chronic tuberculosis and meningitis while a one Gordon, committed suicide.
Venelerian Twinomugisha was awarded as the best recruit overall, while Diana Atim was the best in ‘field’. Angella Khabuya was the best female recruit and Abel Ahairwe outshone the rest in the drill.
Source : The Observer