180 applicants in Soroti district were rejected during the just concluded army recruitment enrollment exercise because of skin infections and scars.
Despite meeting the required minimum academic qualifications and passing the physical fitness test, the applicants were ejected on Saturday.
Benjamin Einu, a resident of Serere district told local media, that he was sent a way because he had scars on his face. Einu explained that he was dropped because of the scratches he sustained in a minor motorcycle accident.
Mallan Oman, a resident of Kaberamaido says despite struggling to get all the necessary requirements, he was rejected for arriving late.
Lt. Jimmy Denis Omara, the UPDF third division Spokesperson explains that 180 recruits were rejected because of skin diseases and scars on their bodies. He says Soroti registered the highest number of 90 of applicants with skin diseases and scars followed by Serere with 50 and Kaberamaido 40.
Lt. Omara notes that they were overwhelmed by the number of applicants who turned up for the two days recruitment exercise that started on Friday. He says in total 588 applicants turned up.
Lt. Omara says the overwhelming turn up shows that the civilian population has developed trust in the army.
However, only 68 of the 588 applicants will finally make it into the training camp.