The army has rejected more than 700 of the 900 applicants who turned up for recruitment in Soroti for alleged failure to meet the requirements.
Capt. Telesphor Turyamumanya, the 5th division army spokesperson said that the affected recruits were rejected on medical ground and lack of the required qualifications.
He explained that some of the requirements needed include a UCE certificate, recommendation letters from the Local council one, two, three and the Gombolola Internal Security Officer.
Dr. Jennifer Alanyo, the head of the medical team says they rejected the applicants with illness because it would be a dis-service to the force.
She noted that military work needs people who are physically fit, mentally sound and educated.
21-year-old Jimmy Okello, an applicant from Soroti town said that he was rejected on grounds that he had ring worms on his neck and was advised to seek treatment.
18- year- old Esther Aguti from Katakwi says that she completed her Primary leaving examinations in 2012 and opted to join UPDF but was turned down and told to wait.
Interestingly some of the rejected applicants who spoke to our reporters couldn’t express themselves in English claiming they didn’t complete their studies because they were abducted by LRA rebels.
David Einyu who had traveled from Amuria district but was rejected he was kicked out simply because sat for UCE in 2009 and had done a course