Kasese District has enlisted the highest number of UPDF cadet and recruits.
The 2nd Division army Spokesman, Capt. Robert Kamara, said Kasese took six cadets and 66 recruits because of its high population
“We have this opportunity because no other district in the country has a bigger population than Kasese. Many districts in the western region have produced one cadet, while others such as Bushenyi have three,” Capt. Kamara said.
Recruits and cadets are chosen based on a minimum academic qualification of Senior four and Senior six respectively. They also undergo medical tests.
About 400 enthusiasts turned up for the exercise in Kasese and 300 in Fort Portal on Sunday.
Col. Godfrey Golooba, the in-charge of operations and recruitment, who led the recruiting team, said their major challenge during recruitment in the western region is forged academic papers.
“We received many with forged papers but thank God we have managed to unearth them,” Col. Golooba said.
Most of the candidates were chased away because of ring worms and other illnesses.
The army wants four cadets and 37 recruits from Kabarole, Bundibugyo, and Ntoroko districts.
It also wants to recruit 580 youth under the general category and 58 others to train as cadet officers from Kigezi, Ankole and Rwenzori sub-regions.
The exercise closes today with recruitment in Kyenjojo, Kamwenge and Kyegegwa districts.