Another group of UPDF soldiers graduates in Jinja2
Another group of 590 UPDF soldiers graduates in Jinja. File Photo

A total of up to 590 soldiers graduates from the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Academy (NCOA) at the UPDF Gaddafi Garrison

A total of up to 590 soldiers graduate from the Non-Commissioned Officers’ Academy (NCOA) at the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Gaddafi Garrison with the best students awarded gifts including the overall best, Cpl Juma Ronald, Cpl Aseere Gloria who excelled in class and Cpl Omio John Bosco was the best in the field.

Other winners including the overall best in Instructors’ course Pte Enangu Wilson, Pte Akoba Innocent who excelled in class and Pte Ngobi Alone who was also the best in teaching were also commended for their good job done.

According to the Chief of Staff Land Forces, Major General Leopold Eric Kyanda who was the chief guest at the ceremony, this is a remarkable achievement for UPDF and also a clear sign that their soldiers are all professionals at what they do.

Gen Kyanda implied that the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) training has taken priority on UPDF calendar because it plays a major role in empowering the NCOs who play a vital role in linking the Militants to Officer.

He further added that they will be looking to hold more training for officers and soldiers to better their professions.

“This is a remarkable achievement for the UPDF and also a clear sign that the professionalization agenda is moving on a steady trajectory. The NCO training has taken priority on UPDF calendar because it is important to empower the NCOs who play a vital role in linking the Militan

Also, Kyanda who commended the work done by the NCOs said that it the NCOs who are always closer to these soldiers and thus they deserve even more recognition than they are getting.

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He further advised them (NCOs) to ensure daily drilling and inspection of troops under their command to ensure soldiers remain disciplined, efficient, effective and alert at all times.

Another group of UPDF soldiers graduates in Jinja
590 UPDF soldiers graduate in Jinja. File Photo

Gen Kyanda made the remarks while presiding over the pass out ceremony of 467 militants who completed six months Senior Non-Commissioned Officers’ (SNCO) Course Intake 16/19-20 and the 123 who finished four months’ Level III Instructor’s Course Intake 04/19-20.

Meanwhile, the Commandant of NCOA, Col Saad Katemba who was optimistic about the graduates’ ability indicated that now they are ready to immediately entrust them with more responsibilities in the field of maintaining security throughout the entire country.

 “I am confident that the courses have added a brick in the construction of a professional Force. These graduands can now be entrusted with more responsibilities in the maintenance of security in our country and anywhere else the leadership may decide,” Katemba indicated.

By John Dalton Kigozi