implementation of military principles practiced by armies all over the world
has led to the poor performance of Uganda People’s Defense Force-UPDF both
within the country and on foreign missions, the Deputy Chief of Logistics,
Brig. Augustine Kyazze has revealed.
He was speaking during the graduation ceremony of 72 soldiers following their
completion of a four month’s course in both regimental quarter master and
military transport sergeant at the UPDF School of supply and transport (SOST)
in Jinja district on Saturday.
that most soldiers train in various courses but fail to implement the skills in
their daily activities, which undermines professionalism of the force.
He explained that each arm performs basing on the military principles that were
laid down by the previous armies, which leads to the disqualification of modern
armies from the professional league worldwide if they are violated.
Citing the example of Somalia where UPDF has
carried out peace support operations for the past 12 years, Kyazze says the
force has earned the name of great fighters but fallen short when it comes to
implementing military principles and classroom knowledge in their respective
fields of deployment.
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Kyazze noted that the world is no longer
bothered about how many courses or education honors one has obtained in life,
but the ability to implement skills acquired in classroom is what defines how
one is educated.
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The commandant of SOST, Col. Amos Rutaremwa
cited little funding as a hindrance to the maintenance of the fleet of vehicles
used for training.
“The school has
an aging fleet of vehicles and the maintenance funds we get of Shillings 500,000
can’t maintain the aged vehicles we have,” he said.