Raphael Okema, a second year Public Administration student who turned up at the UPDF recruitment centre in Akii Bua stadium in Lira municipality, told Uganda Radio Network that he was forced to suspend his studies since this was the only opportunity for him to join the army.
Five students of Lira University have abandoned their studies to pursue a career in the army.
Raphael Okema, a second year Public Administration student who turned up at the UPDF recruitment centre in Akii Bua stadium in Lira municipality, told Uganda Radio Network that he was forced to suspend his studies since this was the only opportunity that he felt presented itself to join the army.
Okema, who admits that his parents are not aware of the decision, says he has applied for a dead year, an arrangement that will enable him resume his studies after completing military training next year.
Joseph Ogwal, another second year student of public administration, reasons that he was forced to abandon his studies after always encountering difficulties in getting money to clear his tuition. He pays over 900,000 shillings each semester.
Ogwal contends that coupled with no assurance of getting a ready job after completing education, he decided to enrol in the military whom he says is now professionalised.
The 23-year-old student, however, says after completing training, he intends to enrol again for university education since he will have secured a stable source of funding.
Ameda Eram, a diploma student at the university says his passion has always been to serve in the army and the latest recruitment exercise could not have come at a better time.
Eram and four others are among the more than 1,000 youth who turned up seeking to join the army at Akii Bua stadium, Lira municipality on Tuesday.
Major. Caesar Olweny, the recruitment team spokesperson, says Tuesday's exercise targeted 64 recruits drawn from Lira, Otuke and Alebtong districts.
Major Olweny reveals that apart from two cases where potential recruits collapsed after undergoing drills and another one developed mental problems, Tuesday's exercise was a success.
Today the exercise has kicked off at Apac Boma grounds for Apac, Kole and Oyam districts.