Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) is set to retire over 1000 officers and militants from active service in the coming financial year 2018/2019.
On Friday, the state Minister for Veteran Affairs Lt Col (RTD) Dr. Bright Rwamirama presided over the first week pre-retirement exercise for the soldiers set to retire at Gaddaffi barracks in Jinja .
“Prepare and plan for your resources carefully. Prepare for the future ahead to make good lives for yourselves during retirement,” Rwamirama urged the soldiers.
He saluted them for the courage and patriotism exhibited in serving the nation, saying the country will always be indebted for the service that has greatly contributed to the peace and stability.
“I am confident that the critical skills acquired during the course of your military careers such as leadership, initiative and discipline if maintained will give you a good head-start to succeed in your post service life,” he noted.
The minister said government is exploring avenues to provide the retirees with more skills during retirement to enable them live a decent life outside active military service.
The retirees were urged to continue ensuring security of the country even when not in uniform by being eyes and ears of the army in their respective communities.
They were also encouraged to be good role models and examples in their respective communities by serving and participating in suitable economic activities for the economic development.