Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF 3rd Division Command will Monday commence recruitment of 3,000 Personnel to serve under the local Defense Unit, across the region. The 3rd division command comprises Karamoja, Teso, Sebei, Bugisu and Bukedi sub-regions.
The recruitment is part of a drive to add up to 13,000 personnel to boost the UPDF reserve force. Abert Arinaitwe, the 3rd Division Spokesman says the recruitment will start from Kaabong district this morning and continue up to Friday in the districts of Kotido, Abim, Moroto and Nakapiripirit.
After this, the team will move to Katakwi, Soroti and Kumi in Teso sub-region between July 20 and 22, and then proceed to Kapchorwa in Sebei sub-region on July 23 before moving to Sironko and Mbale on July 24 and Tororo, Butaleja and Pallisa from July 26 to 28.
According to Arinaitwe, only adults aged between 19-25 years are targeted in the recruitment and they must have completed Primary education or attained a Uganda Certificate of Education.
Since 2002, more than 5000 LDUs have been recruited in Karamoja to help fight remnants of armed warriors and cattle thefts in the region. However, Arinaitwe says that the new recruits will be expected to form grassroot security teams in their respective districts, conduct patrols and manage hot crime spots.
The UPDF has pinned notices across the region inviting interested candidates the seize the opportunity.