TRAINING: Uganda Peoples Defence Force (UPDF) soldiers undergo training to ready themselves for the African Union peace keeping mission in Somalia. Photo credit/ (AP Photo/ Stephen Wandera)

The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces is to carry out a national recruitment drive next month.

According to a release, the general recruitment of regular soldiers and professionals will be carried out in 116 districts from October 17-19, with the regular soldiers required to be single males or females aged between 18 and 25, without children. All intending recruits are also supposed to be Ugandan citizens, and must carry an original National Identity Card.

For the professionals, whose recruitment will be carried out at Kololo Airstrip, they must possess a minimum formal education of O-Level ‘or its equivalent’ or A-Level, with a bias in sciences.

Other requirements include recommendation letters from the LC1, LC III and the respective Gombolola Internal Security Officers (GISOs) and also carry the original National Identity Card.

‘Any presentation of forged documents is unethical, criminal and culprits will be liable to prosecution,’ the release states in part.