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Army Needs More Space to to Train Non commissioned Officers :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Army Needs More Space to to Train Non commissioned Officers

Speaking during the graduation of 536 students at NCOA today, Tugume said that the neighboring communities in Jinja and Buikwe districts, which were over the years offering ample field training grounds, have since registered growth as big trading areas, hence committing their previously surplus land for other initiatives.
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The commandant of the Jinja-based Non-Commissioned Officers Academy-NCOA, Lt. Col. James Tugume, has called on the UPDF leadership to devise means of allocating them more training space, which will foster effective training of participants.

Speaking during the graduation of 536 students at NCOA today, Tugume said that the neighboring communities in Jinja and Buikwe districts, which were over the years offering ample field training grounds, have since registered growth as big trading areas, hence committing their previously surplus land for other development initiatives.

The graduates comprised 175 warrant officers and 361 senior noncommissioned officers, who underwent a five months course in shooting skills, drills, and leadership in their respective platoons during operations.

Tugume says that the limited space impacts the variety of training, reducing the students capacity to conduct late-night operational advancements, much needed in the completeness of a soldier to effectively function during warzone scenarios.

Tugume also notes that, much as the world has over the years advanced in technologies applicable to the battlefields too, NCOA lacks well-equipped computer laboratories and libraries alike, necessitating the reliance on improvisation.

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Tugume further says that the academy is operating under scarcity of some types of equipment.

He also raises the need to refurbish the academy with a facelift for the academy to fit well in the neighbourhood.

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Tugume also challenged UPDF leadership to foster effective promotion of the trained military personnel to the appropriate ranks, befitting of the newly acquired qualifications, which will motivate them to effectively execute their duties.

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Meanwhile, the UPDF’s deputy commander for lands forces, Maj. Gen. Francis Takirwa says that all the challenges raised by the NCOA administrators will be forwarded to the force’s top leadership for further consideration.  

   

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