Hundreds of youth have turned up at Masaka Recreation Ground for the ongoing recruitment into Uganda Peoples Defence Forces -- UPDF. Only males who completed Senior Four in 2014 and 2015 are eligible according to Colonel JK Mukasa, the head of the recruitment exercise in the area.
The UPDF is currently conducting countrywide recruitment exercise which started on October 17 and is expected to end on October 29th.
The recruitment team needs only 60 recruits from Masaka, Lwengo, Bukomansimbi, and Kalungu districts.
Only males who completed Senior Four in 2014 and 2015 are eligible according to Colonel JK Mukasa, the head of the recruitment exercise in the area.
All girls that turned up for recruitment have been turned away on grounds that this particular recruitment is for boys only.
Col Mukasa told them that the girls were only needed in Kampala for professional recruitment which closed on Monday. He says those seeking recruitment must have a national identity card, recommendation letter from their respective local councils One and Three and a medical report disclosing their health status.
Mukasa says they are now screening their academic qualifications before taking the recruits for medical examinations.
At least 200 people who had turned up with senior six, diploma and degree certificates have also been rejected because they are not eligible.
Joseph Musoke, one of those turned away says he thought they needed professionals that is why he showed up with his diploma in education. He said he decided to join the army after failing to get a teaching job.
Muoske says he is disappointed he has been turned away.
At the time of filing this report, hundreds were lining up for the screening exercise.