110 UPDF Special Forces commandos pass out

A total of 110 Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) commandos have been passed out after completing a 16-month specialised training course at Butiaba Marines Training School in Buliisa District.

Passing out the 4th intake of Special Forces Command Tier 1 better known as Special Forces Qualifications Course on Tuesday, President Yoweri Museveni said he was satisfied with the training skills the commandos acquired.

“The army is tough. But this is tougher.

President Yoweri Museveni

“The army is tough. But this is tougher. The army has a big capacity but Special Forces create professional capacity in operating in small units and doing things that can’t be done in a regular way,” Mr Museveni noted.

The president vowed to continue professionalising the army and building capacity for actual military operations.

At the ceremony, the president awarded the best students including, Pte Gideon Herera, Pte Bonny Alex Okwi and Lt Robert Ssematumwa for their distinguished performance in different disciplines.

The commandos underwent the Special Forces Qualification Course that is designed to achieve special operations capabilities for intended operational requirements in special operations.

 The chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi told the president that the demonstration exercise the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces had watched was a manifestation that the trainees had acquired the best commando skills.

Mr Muhoozi said the commandos were ready to perform special operations under any military condition.

Commandos and UPDF officers pose for a group photo with President Yoweri Museveni during the pass out ceremony at Butiaba Marines Training School in Buliisa District on Tuesday.

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