How Many Soldiers Does Uganda Have

Who is a Soldier?

A soldier is a person who is a member of an army. A soldier can be a conscripted or volunteer enlisted person, a non-commissioned officer, a warrant officer, or an officer. 

How Many Soldiers Does Uganda Have

Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they

may be used to support or replace regular military forces. Uganda’s military size for 2019 was 46,000.00, a 0% increase from 2018.

How much do Soldiers earn in Uganda?

The other Ugandan army ranks between Private and Captain include Lance Corporal currently earns Shs310,000, Corporal Shs314,000,

Sergeant Shs321,000, Staff Sergeant Shs341,000, Warrant Officer I Shs400,000, Warrant Officer II Shs450,000, Second Lieutenant Shs 520,000, and Lieutenant Shs600,000.

How do I qualify to become a soldier in Uganda?

  • MUST be a citizen of Uganda holding the original National Identity Card.
  • MUST be in good health and medically fit ready to undergo check-ups and road run.
  • Should be between the age of 18-25 or 18-30 if he/she is to enlist as a regular or professional respectively.
  • MUST be single with no children to avoid family distractions.
  • Regular recruits should possess a minimum education of S.4 or S.6 with bias in science subjects such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics.
  • Professionals should be holders of Degrees/or Diplomas in Medicine, Engineering, Chemistry, and Education or possess qualifications in vocational skills.
  • MUST be of good character and supported by letters from LCs and GISOs.

How long is a soldier’s training in Uganda?

They will spend nine months being initiated into military life. They are trained in field craft, skills at arms, tactics, marksmanship, political education, and others.

“By the end of nine months, they will not be civilians. They have a glimpse of what soldiering is,” says Lt Col Ankunda.