Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Wilson Mbadi has highlighted the importance of training and continuous retraining of officers, saying it builds a modern, effective, efficient and professional force.
He made the remarks as Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) passed out students who successfully completed the engineer officer basic course Intake 03/22 and engineer senior non-commissioned officer’s course intake 01/22 at Kalama School of combat engineering.
Mbadi congratulated graduands and commended them for being resilient throughout the six months training.
Mbadi said that combat engineers contribute to the survival of troops in the field because they ensure mobility and counter mobility.
“In the field, we want safe lines of communication to enable the commander support troops. engineers can delay an enemy or align him in the killing area or give us time to prepare, “he said, adding that combat engineers also provide force protection and sustainability.
” Once a soldier is trained, then he does things better and finally gets rewarded. This can be through ranks which means additional responsibility and privileges,” he said.
He explained that training builds the capacity to acquire skills and knowledge required to enrich practical, standardization and logistical support.
He noted that the army leadership is determined to build an effective logistics system, improve troops welfare through schemes (like salary enhancement and segmentation), improve accommodation, provide efficient medical and education systems, train soldiers ideologically and embrace civil military cooperation, among others.
He urged soldiers to preserve cautious discipline and professionalism for the continuity of peace and security.
He urged them to practice what they have learned, saying this era demands cautious training, modern equipment and tactics because of the asymmetrical nature of threats.
“The knowledge you have gained will help you play your role in the wider UPDF as required for peace and security both within Uganda and beyond,” he added.
He further mentioned that UPDF is required to contribute to regional and international peace and security apart from its mandate as enshrined the Constitution. “We must prepare our forces to operate with other forces elsewhere, which explains our involvement in Somalia and DRC,” he noted.
Speaking at the same ceremony, the Commander of the UPDF Engineers Brigade Brig Gen Besigye Bekunda commended the army leadership for recognizing the need to construct new infrastructure for the forces and other Ministries Departments and Agencies using soldiers, saying this builds their capacity and saves revenue.
He said the UPDF Engineers Brigade is flying high since it’s entrusted with many different construction projects in the country, most especially in the field of education and health.