UPDF Recruitment: Big Number of Females Show Up In Bundibugyo

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Out of the 90 applicants who turned up in Bundibugyo district to be recruited, 30 were females.

The Uganda People's Defence Forces-UPDF recruitment exercise in Bundibugyo district has attracted an overwhelming number of female applicants. Out of the 90 people who turned up to be recruited today, 30 were females.
The recruitment exercise was conducted at Bundibugyo district headquarters in Bundibugyo town council.
The female and male applicants, who were aged between 18 and 25 years, were subjected to a 5km run around Bundibugyo town, basic military drills and medical tests. Twenty five people are needed from the district.
Rebecca Bbira, a resident of Busaru Village, says that for a long time she has been having an admiration for army officers.  Bbira explains that she was inspired by her father and relatives who are army officers.
Lydia Baguma, from Bundibugyo town council, says that she got the interest to join the army at the age of 13 years. Baguma, who dropped out of school after completion of S.4, says that she wants to join the army in order to serve the country and improve on security.
Gloria Twijukye, from Nyahuka town council, says the UPDF is being dominated by men and if she joins, she will work like the men. Twijukye, who is unemployed, says that she wants to earn a living and look after her ageing parents.
In Kabarole district, more than 200 youths from the districts of Ntoroko, Kamwenge and Kabarole turned up for the recruitment exercise at the district headquarters, Kitumba.

However, all the 10 females who had come to be recruited were turned away after they failed to meet the requirements. According to Col. Fred Karara, the officer in-charge of the recruitment exercise, the females were over age, lacked medical examination reports and letters of recommendation from local leaders.
Karara adds that the army needs 32 people from Kabarole, 28 from Kamwenge and 19 from Ntoroko.

Sam Musinguzi, a resident from Rwengoma, West Division Fort Portal Municipality, was rejected on grounds that he lacked a national identity card and a letter from the LC1 chairperson.

Musinguzi says that in future, such requirements should not be considered, as long as the applicant meets the academic requirements.