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PHOTOS: 3000 UPDF Soldiers Passed Out; Museveni Impressed By Quality

President Yoweri Museveni arrives at the UPDF pass-out function at Kiweweta Training school (Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe)

President Yoweri Museveni has applauded the UPDF leadership for their efforts in improving the skills of the soldiers.

Speaking during the passing out new recruits at the Oliver Tambo training school Kaweweeta on Tuesday, Museveni said he was happy with the soldiers that the country is producing of recent.

Museveni tours the army training school

Museveni tours the army training school

“Whatever you sow is what you reap. I was happy to see the standard of the trainees being high,” Museveni said.

“They are like officers yet they are just recruits.”

Museveni inspects the army recruits on parade

Museveni inspects the army recruits on parade

The Commander in Chief of the armed forces said in the past the officers and recruits were not as sharp as now, owing it to the compulsory training and education of the soldiers.

Museveni however warned the recruits against indiscipline which he said would ruin their lives.

Museveni watches at the recruits demonstrate their acquired skills.

Museveni watches at the recruits demonstrate their acquired skills.

“Discipline should be in your personal life so as to avoid AIDS and alcohol. The future will be bright if you are disciplined, “he said.

He also warned ‘trespassers’ on the land belonging to the army training schools.

“The land is for the army to train from and if anybody dies (due to bullets from trainees), it would be their fault.”

Taking aim

Taking aim

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. David Muhoozi said the army leadership is now focused on training to the infantry especially in individual and group tasks.

He said there is need to impart modern training skills in soldiers including weapon handling and marksmanship.

Soldiers getting over a barrier.

Soldiers getting over a barrier.

A total of 3166 soldiers were passed out after completing a 9 months training.

Among these, 74 were female professionals.

President Museveni watched as the recruits went through drills and shooting skills.

The recruits also showcased some acrobatic skills

The recruits also showcased some acrobatic skills

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