By Miriam Namutebi
Added 15th March 2019 06:05 PM
After 16 weeks of training at Kaweweta Military School in Nakeseke, it would come down to this day. The long-awaited day had finally arrived.
6,239 trainees in total, including 485 females. The trumpet shall sound!
The long-anticipated ceremony was attended by military officers, including the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. David Muhoozi.
All at attention! Focus!
It's all about discipline, focus and uniformity. Not even a fly in the face could get these men and women in uniform move an inch. Steady.
President Yoweri Museveni, in full military fatigues, inspected the neatly-aligned guard of honour.
The man in charge. The commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
Four months of rigorous military training is not for the faint-hearted. And these solid men and women did not let any of that 16 weeks of exhaustion show on their youthful faces.
The East African Community and Uganda People's Defence Force flags fluttered in the background as President Museveni inspected the guard of honour.
Gen. David Muhoozi watched on with other military officers on a sweltering Friday.
Later, President Museveni was visibly impressed by the skills he saw exhibited by the recruits.
Following a notable rise in especially urban crime, President Museveni directed the UPDF hierarchy to recruit local defence unit (LDU) officers to support the army and Police.
Thousands expressed interest - and they had to undergo intensive training before they could be confirmed fit for the task at hand.
President Museveni witnessed the skills that these over 6,000 men and women had acquired in a period of four months.
There was a good amount of wind to keep the flags (Uganda, EAC and UPDF) fluttering high above.
The recruits did the rope climb under the intense heat. A show of pure strength and endurance. How much longer can you hold on?
Streams of sweat trickled down the faces of battle-hardened men and women.
The recruits had to show how much strength of body and mind they harboured in those bodies when it came to the monkey bars. Feel your biceps and triceps burning?
At the shooting range. Focus key here . . .
POW-WOW!!!! Target annihilated!
Can you assemble a gun - blindfolded? Well, these guys can!
During boot camp, recruits are trained in all sorts of stuff, including maintaining good balance on wobbly steps and then down the ropes.
Miss a step and you gotta go back. No room for error!
"Officers, see? Target has been hit!"
. . . this target, he means.
Many times in life, it's mind over matter. How far can you stretch your mental faculty?
"Over the wall! RUN!!!!"
The bad guys emblazoned onto these target markers did not know what was coming for them. The marksmen and women had to position them at specified distances and then take aim. POW-WOW!
Do not try these things at home! Leave them to the skilled guys.
Recruits had to get down and dusty as they crawled under barbed obstacles on a hot day.
Nearby, the military officers watched with keen. They have done this before. This is their sort of playing ground. Respect!
And the Commander-in-Chief was visibly impressed by what he saw. Congratulations are in order!
After 16 weeks of rigorous training, 6,239 men and women graduate from Kaweweta Military School and are recruited into the local defence.
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