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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.