The UPDF has released the requirements for eligibility ahead of the recruitment of the Local Defence Units (LDUs) whom the President recently said will reinforce the security in Kampala and Wakiso.
President Yoweri Museveni recently revealed that government would deploy 24,000 LDUs who will be armed, to beef up security in the city.
The revelation came a day after the gruesome assassination of former vocal Police officer, ASP Muhammad Kirumira. He was killed by unknown gun men together with a woman identified as Resty Nalinya in Bulenga, near Kampala.
Museveni said that the LDUs will be part of the immediate security interventions as government works on the technical aspects including the installation of CCTV cameras that is ongoing.
Now, UPDF has issued a statement outlining the requirements for suitable LDU recruits.
The exercise will take place starting on 25th September and end on 1st October 2018.
Among them is Ugandan citizenship and possession of an original National Identity Card.
Candidates will also be required to be healthy and medically fit; ready to undergo medical and physical body check and a road run to test endurance and body fitness.
In the statement, Brig Richard Karemire, the army spokesperson said that medical, mental, and physical fitness will be checked at the recruitment centre as well as at the training school.
He said that recruits must be adults between 18 and 35 years and hold a minimum formal education of P.7 (PLE) to S.4 (UCE) and preferably with no other formal engagement or employment.
The other prerequisite for the candidates will be signed letters of recommendation from LCI Chairperson, LC1 Secretary for Defence, PISO and GISO.
The recruits must also be residents of the area; disciplined with no criminal record. Any attempt to forge documents is criminal and culprits will be liable to prosecution, Brig Karemire said.