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Over 170 graduate in martial arts

By Vision Reporter

Added 18th January 2010 03:00 AM

THE UPDF has passed out 174 senior non-commissioned officers and soldiers who have completed training in martial arts.

THE UPDF has passed out 174 senior non-commissioned officers and soldiers who have completed training in martial arts.

By Gerald Tenywa

THE UPDF has passed out 174 senior non-commissioned officers and soldiers who have completed training in martial arts.

The passout was presided over by the deputy chief of defence forces, Gen. Ivan Koreta, on Saturday at Gadaffi army barracks in Jinja.

The graduates included 78 non-commissioned officers and 96 privates.

Koreta hailed the commandant of the non-commissioned officers academy, Lt. Col. Moses Lutaaya, for the training.

“According to the demonstrations in martial art skills, I am now satisfied that you are ready to work. So be ready to be deployed anywhere to serve your country,” Koreta said.

He urged the soldiers to use the skills and knowledge acquired to defend and not to harm the people.

Brig. Silver Kayemba, the chief of operations and training in the UPDF, requested Koreta to promote the privates to platoon sergeants if they satisfy the army’s terms.

“We intend to start training in various army divisions this year, so we need trainers. If some of these privates become platoon sergeants, it will help since they have been trained in leadership, accountability of personnel and quality of command,” Kayemba said.

The highlights of the day included firing range, karate combat and field combat skills.

The best trainees who received prizes for excelling in various categories included Henry Wagaba, the best in field combat, Tushabwone, the best in discipline, Mwesigwa in firing and Danstan Bafeki, who was best in martial arts.

Present at the function was the representative of the defence attaché of the Korean Embassy, Brig. Gen. Kim Kong Chol and his deputy, Col. Kim Kil, the chief political commissar, Col. Katirima and the deputy RDC of Jinja, Apollo Bwebale.

Over 170 graduate in martial arts

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