UPDF Recruitment 2024/2025 Application Form Portal

UPDF Recruitment 2023/2024 Application Form Portal www.defence.go.ug

UPDF recruitment 2024/2025 application form is out. You can apply for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces recruitment online by following the steps we’ve highlighted in this article.

Are you a citizen of Uganda currently searching for job opportunities in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces? If yes, I’m glad to inform you that UPDF recruitment 2024 is ongoing.

The recruitment process might seem a little complex probably from what you’ve heard but, in this post, we have been able to simplify the entire process.

Here are some of the most asked questions concerning Uganda Peoples Defence Forces recruitment we’ve received.

  • Is there recruitment of UPDF in 2024?
  • Will there be UPDF recruitment this year?
  • What are the requirements for UPDF recruitment 2024?
  • How do I apply for Uganda Forces recruitment?
  • How long does UPDF training take?

We have taken time to provide satisfying and genuine answers to each of these questions, so what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

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UPDF Recruitment  2024/2025 Application Form Portal www.defence.go.ug

Will there be UPDF recruitment this year?

The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces recruitment is a yearly recruitment exercise for the intake of new personnel. Prior to this, it is certain that UPDF recruitment will be held in 2024.

What are the requirements for UPDF recruitment 2024?

Generally, you have to be a Ugandan citizen between the ages of 18 and 26 years, have the basic form of education, be able to express yourself, have a national identity card, etc.

Detailed information regarding the criteria for joining Uganda’s Peoples Defence Forces is well explained in the later part of this article.

How Do I Apply for Uganda Forces Recruitment?

To apply for any of the Uganda Forces recruitment, be it Air Force, land force, etc., you have to visit the online application portal to fill out and submit the form.

How Long Does UPDF Training Take?

UPDF recruitment intake has four (4) fundamental stages which are; application, shortlisting, screening and then training.

The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces training usually take about nine (9) months and at most one (1) year.

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Important Information!

There’s something I would like you to understand about Uganda Peoples Defence Forces recruitment.

Uganda Peoples Defence Forces is like a unifying name which has sub-sections. What do I mean?

Both Army, Navy, Airforce etc. are classified under Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) and as such, as you want to apply for the recruitment, bear in mind the particular section you wish to attain as it will influence your application process and the kind of information you present to UPDF.

Having known and clarified that, let’s dive into the detail requirements for UPDF recruitment, in other words, if you wish to be employed by UPDF, take note of the following.

General Requirements for UPDF Recruitment 2024/2025

This is more like an entry-level requirement into UPDF, I recommend you try as much as you can to adhere to these criteria.

  • The prospective applicant must be a citizen of Uganda
  • Not just a citizen but must have a valid means of identification e.g., a National ID
  • Applicant must be fit and healthy and have a physical look
  • An original copy of the medical report duly signed by a doctor is needed
  • Entry level age for both male and female applicants is eighteen (18) to twenty-five (25) years at most thirty (30) years
  • Candidate applying must not be married nor have children
  • Applicant’s educational level must be at least S.4 (UCE), S.6 (UACE) or its equivalent
  • You will have to present the original certificates and also student’s ID card
  • Applicant must also provide a letter of recommendation from LC1, LC111, GISOs duly signed
  • Applicant should be free of criminal record and project certain moral standards

UPDF Recruitment Requirements for Air Force Candidates

Just as I clarified earlier on, the three subsections under UPDF are the Air force, Army and Navy. Below are the specific requirements for those applying for air force.

Candidate applying must have S.6 biased in Physics, Mathematics and Geography

Candidate should have a degree or diploma in the aviation field such as:

  1. Pilots with Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL), or Pilot Instructors.
  2. Aircraft maintenance engineers category A & C (Engine, Airframe) category X (Electrical and Avionics, Radio and instruments)
  3. Air Traffic controllers
  4. Radar Engineers and Radar Operators
  5. Flight operators

UPDF Recruitment Requirements for Army Candidates

  • Candidate must be physically, mentally and medically sound
  • Candidate should be able to adhere to the existing army operational regulations
  • Candidate applying for the army must not specifically exceed the age of twenty-five (25)
  • Those with UCE, degree or diploma can still apply

UPDF Recruitment Requirements for Navy Candidates

Candidate applying must have S.6 biased in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics.

Candidate should have a degree or diploma in marine-related field such as

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Mammal Trainer
  • Marine Archeology
  • Marine Researcher
  • Marine Environment Educator/ Oceanography
  • Aquatic Veterinarian

Having said all this, let’s head out to the steps to submit an application for Uganda Peoples Defence Forces recruitment.

UPDF Recruitment Date and Centers 2024/2025

Centres and Teams → → Districts → → Dates

Lyantonde Dist Hqs → → Lyantonde → → 27 Dec 19
Lyantonde Dist Hqs → → Rakai → → 27 Dec 19
Lyantonde Dist Hqs → → Kyotera → → 27 Dec 19

Masaka Dist Hqs → → Masaka → → 28 Dec 19
Masaka Dist Hqs → → Kalangala → → 28 Dec 19
Masaka Dist Hqs → → Bukomasimbi → → 28 Dec 19
Masaka Dist Hqs → → Kalungu → → 28 Dec 19
Masaka Dist Hqs → → Lwengo → → 28 Dec 19

Mpigi Dist Hqs → → Mpigi → → 29 Dec 19
Mpigi Dist Hqs → → Sembabule → → 29 Dec 19
Mpigi Dist Hqs → → Butambala → → 29 Dec 19
Mpigi Dist Hqs → → Gomba → → 29 Dec 19

Mityana Dist Hqs → → Mityana → → 31 Dec 19
Mityana Dist Hqs → → Mubende → → 31 Dec 19
Mityana Dist Hqs → → Kasanda → → 31 Dec 19

Kiboga Dist Hqs → → Kyankwanzi → → 02 Jan 20
Kiboga Dist Hqs → → Kiboga → → 02 Jan 20

Luwero Dist Hqs → → Luwero → → 04 Jan 20
Luwero Dist Hqs → → Nakasongola → → 04 Jan 20
Luwero Dist Hqs → → Nakaseke → → 04 Jan 20

Hoima Dist Hqs → → Hoima With Kikuube → 27 Dec 19
Hoima Dist Hqs → → Kagadi → → 27 Dec 19
Hoima Dist Hqs → → Kibaale → → 27 Dec 19
Hoima Dist Hqs → → Kakumiro → → 27 Dec 19

Fort Portal Dist Hqs → → Kabarole → → 29 Dec 19
Fort Portal Dist Hqs → Kamwenge With Kitagwenda → 29 Dec 19
Fort Portal Dist Hqs → → Kyenjojo → → 29 Dec 19
Fort Portal Dist Hqs → → Kyegegwa → → 29 Dec 19
Fort Portal Dist Hqs → → Bunyangabo → → 29 Dec 19

Bundibugyo – Dist Hqs → Bundubugyo → → 31 Dec 19
Bundibugyo – Dist Hqs → → Ntoroko → → 31 Dec 19

Kasese Dist Hqs → → Kasese → → 31 Dec 19

Bushenyi Dist Hqs → → Bushenyi → → 02 Jan 20
Bushenyi Dist Hqs → → Mitooma → → 02 Jan 20
Bushenyi Dist Hqs → → Buhweju → → 02 Jan 20
Bushenyi Dist Hqs → → Rubirizi → → 02 Jan 20
Bushenyi Dist Hqs → → Sheema → → 02 Jan 20

Mbarara Dist Hqs → Mbarara With Rwampara → 03 Jan 20
Mbarara Dist Hqs → → Isingiro → → 03 Jan 20
Mbarara Dist Hqs → → Ibanda → → 03 Jan 20
Mbarara Dist Hqs → → Kiruhura With Kazo → → 03 Jan 20

Kabale Dist Hqs → → Kabale → → 04 Jan 20
Kabale Dist Hqs → → Kisoro → → 04 Jan 20
Kabale Dist Hqs → → Rukiga → 04 Jan 20
Kabale Dist Hqs → → Rubanda → → 04 Jan 20

Rukungiri Dist Hqs → → Rukungiri → → 05 Jan 20
Rukungiri Dist Hqs → → Kanungu → → 05 Jan 20
Rukungiri Dist Hqs → → Ntungamo → → 05 Jan 20

Arua – Dist Hqs → Arua With Madi-Okollo → 27 Dec 19
Arua – Dist Hqs → → Yumbe → → 27 Dec 19
Arua – Dist Hqs → → Maracha → → 27 Dec 19
Arua – Dist Hqs → → Adjuman → → 27 Dec 19
Arua – Dist Hqs → → Moyo Obongi → → 27 Dec 19
Arua – Dist Hqs → → Koboko → → 27 Dec 19

Nebbi – Dist Hqs → Nebbi With Pakwach → 28 Dec 19
Nebbi – Dist Hqs → → Zombo → → 28 Dec 19

Gulu – Dist Hqs → → Gulu → → 29 Dec 19
Gulu – Dist Hqs → → Amuru → → 29 Dec 19
Gulu – Dist Hqs → → Nwoya → → 29 Dec 19
Gulu – Dist Hqs → → Omoro → → 29 Dec 19

Kitgum – Dist Hqs → → Kitgum → → 31 Dec 19
Lamwo Kitgum – Dist Hqs → → 31 Dec 19

Pader – Dist Hqs → → Pader → → 31 Dec 19
Pader – Dist Hqs → → Agago → → 31 Dec 19

Lira – Dist Hqs → → Lira → → 02 Jan 20
Lira – Dist Hqs → →Dokolo → → 02 Jan 20
Lira – Dist Hqs → → Alebtong → → 02 Jan 20
Lira – Dist Hqs → → Otuke → → 02 Jan 20
Lira – Dist Hqs → → Amolatar → → 02 Jan 20

Apac – Dist Hqs → → Apac With Kwania → 03 Jan 20
Apac – Dist Hqs → → Oyam → → 03 Jan 20
Apac – Dist Hqs → → Kole → → 03 Jan 20

Masindi – Dist Hqs → → Masindi → → 05 Jan 20
Masindi – Dist Hqs → → Kiryandongo → → 05 Jan 20
Masindi – Dist Hqs → → Bulisa → → 05 Jan 20

Kotido Dist Hqs → → Kotido → → 27 Dec 19
Kotido Dist Hqs → → Kabong With Karenga → → 27 Dec 19
Kotido Dist Hqs → → Abim → → 27 Dec 19

Moroto Dist Hqs → Moroto With Lusot → → 28 Dec 19
Moroto Dist Hqs → → Napak → → 28 Dec 19
Moroto Dist Hqs → Nakapiripiriti With Nabilatuk → 28 Dec 19
Moroto Dist Hqs → → Amudat → → 28 Dec 19

Kapchorwa Dist Hqs → → Kapchorwa → → 31 Dec 19
Kapchorwa Dist Hqs → → Bukwo → → 31 Dec 19
Kapchorwa Dist Hqs → → Kweeni → → 31 Dec 19

Mbale – Dist Hqs → → Mbale → → 31 Dec 19
Mbale – Dist Hqs → → Sironko → → 31 Dec 19
Mbale – Dist Hqs → → Bulambuli → → 31 Dec 19
Mbale – Dist Hqs → → Bukedea → → 31 Dec 19
Mbale – Dist Hqs → → Bududa → → 31 Dec 19
Mbale – Dist Hqs → Manafa With Namisindwa → 31 Dec 19

Soroti Dist Hqs → → Soroti Amuria → → 02 Jan 20
Soroti Dist Hqs → → Katakwi → → 02 Jan 20
Soroti Dist Hqs → → Serere → → 02 Jan 20
Soroti Dist Hqs → → Kumi → → 02 Jan 20
Soroti Dist Hqs → → Ngora → → 02 Jan 20
Soroti Dist Hqs → → Kapelabyong → → 02 Jan 20
Soroti Dist Hqs → → Kaberamaido → → 02 Jan 20

Budaka Dist Hqs → → Palisa Budaka → → 03 Jan 20
Budaka Dist Hqs → → Kibuku → → 03 Jan 20
Budaka Dist Hqs → → Butebo → → 03 Jan 20

Tororo Dist Hqs → → Tororo → → 04 Jan 20
Tororo Dist Hqs → → Butaleja → → 04 Jan 20
Tororo Dist Hqs → → Busia → → 04 Jan 20

Iganga Dist Hqs → Iganga With Bugweri → 05 Jan 20
Iganga Dist Hqs → → Bugiri → → 05 Jan 20
Iganga Dist Hqs → → Namutumba → → 05 Jan 20
Iganga Dist Hqs → → Luuka → → 05 Jan 20

Kololo Centre → → Kampala → → 27 Dec 19

Wakiso Dist Hqs → → Wakiso → → 28 – 29 Dec 19

Kamuli Dist Hqs → → Kamuli → → 31 Dec 19
Kamuli Dist Hqs → → Kaliro → → 31 Dec 19
Kamuli Dist Hqs → → Buyende → → 31 Dec 19

Jinja Dist Hqs → → Jinja → → 31 Dec 19
Jinja Dist Hqs → → Mayuge → → 31 Dec 19
Jinja Dist Hqs → → Namayingo → → 31 Dec 19

Mukono Dist Hqs → → Mukono → → 02 Jan 20
Mukono Dist Hqs → → Buikwe → → 02 Jan 20
Mukono Dist Hqs → → Buvuma → → 02 Jan 20
Mukono Dist Hqs → → Kayunga → → 02 Jan 20

How to Apply for UPDF Recruitment 2024

  • First, you’ll visit the UG defence portal http://www.defence.go.ug
  • On the menu bar, click UPDF
  • Select the category you wish to apply, air force, navy or army
  • Rea through the application instructions
  • Fill in your bio-data appropriately
  • Upload required documents according to the stipulated size
  • Go through your application for correction
  • Then submit if everything is in order

Note that in all of these, you need an internet-enabled device or you visit any cyber café close to you for possible assistance.

Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Application Deadline

It is also important to know when the UPDF recruitment portal is closing so that you can get all the necessary documents ready and then apply before the stipulated deadline.

For the 2024 UPDF recruitment, the closing date for application is January 5, 2024. The recruitment form will be available from December 19, 2024.

Prior to this, we recommend you either subscribe to our notification bell or drop your email address in the comment section below.

Success Tips for Uganda Peoples Defence Force Recruitment 2024

  • Ensure you submit your application before the stated deadline
  • Do not submit your application more than once
  • In cases where the application portal is busy, pause your application and continue later to avoid possible errors from network fluctuations.
  • Clearly scan and upload all your credentials according to the size stated on the application portal
  • Avoid making payment in regards to UPDF application form

Here are the steps through which you can check and download UPDF shortlisted candidates.

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182 Comments

  1. Can you sympathize with me this year,i’m ready to served the nation.But disappointment always come at the recruitment ground more especially with the teams,they begins with their relatives,when they do it like that how will the rest benefit.

  2. Am ready to defence my country let use this opportunity to join updf last I when upto Nebbi for it from Amuru,but they should not take it relatively God Bless updf

  3. Great my county is my heart,indeed iam very proud to be one of Uganda’s patriotics through defending my country… For God and my country, long live HE museven long live Uganda

  4. I gona join updf this year but am not sure of the clear date for the release of the application form for this year 2023. I will be greatful when its brought to my notice.

  5. I can’t wait to see the recruitment form of updf form coz it is my passionate to join army and start serving my Country

  6. Hello,I can’t wait to see the recruitment form/ application portal coz it is my passionate to serve my country

    • Oh God have silent mercy on me so that I be among those ones who will be recruited UPDF of 2023 coz it’s my dream always . For God and my country 🙏

  7. Can you join army without a national id but with a nira confirmation form? Coz my id is not yet out yet I want to serve my country

  8. Am eager to join UPDF in 2023-2024 because i trully believe that those people who leaves their country and goes to another to serve the nation really deserve great respect. long live his excellency.FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY.

  9. We all need to join da force bt da prob z da govn bodies ie gisos&lcs charging alot from us. Now for those who can’t sent there application online how would you help them so da they get da service?

  10. I have a UCE certificatn of education that I got in 2017, do I qualify for UPDF recruitment 2023/2024? Coz i’m in love of serving my country.

  11. When Is The Clear Date For Recruitment am Willing To Join With All My Heart and Serve My Country For God And My Country (georgina)

  12. In my dream, I feel I was destined to be an army. Now the recruitment officers should give me that chance this year 2023

  13. Dear madam/sir. Am francis mutenyo from mbale district. Am willing to serve my country as a local defence unit force. I completed my primary leaving examination very well with credity and i have original national id. I request ministry of defence to give me help. Am 23yrs. Your faith fully mutenyo francis. 0705862061/0787465895thanks.

  14. I also wish I become one of the mighty Army and then Serve and protect my Country Uganda,
    I Ngabirano Martin I do have to join.

    • Me I think I will have to drive automotives cause that’s my best part please and am more than serious to serve my country please please 0742310314 my contact

  15. I have a certificate in nursing ad did A Level plizz am I eligible to join as a professional in updf ad serve my country ,another thing after downloading the form where do we submit it , thanks

  16. I have my bachelor degree in planning and community development from mbarara university of science and technology and I would like to join the forces

  17. I want to join updf since 2008 but my education level was very law and i decided to complete my o level in 2022 because of money and i have completed right now but i failed those science subject what should I do I want to join am 24years with good health but every day that is my dream

  18. Let me hope what happened to in in Kololo Airstrip last year will not happen again.
    Am more than ready to serve my country

  19. Heartedly I was born with a dream to serve our nation as a great army, through Jesus the son of God I pray ‘may my dream come true’ Amen.

  20. Plz , i beg you the recruiter committee to atleast act as GOD for a while such that you reply our prayers we who are in lack for the UPDF serving this year . I honour you alot ! Thanks , by afande waibi peter to be just soon as i requested above .

  21. Ever since 2011 when I went for recruitment and I didn’t go through I still have the heart and filling of serving and being patriotic for my country

  22. hello sr/madam,j would like to serve and protect my country as solider but j have never been given chance however am still ready cos i colify in all the requirement if there is an opportunity am available thanks

  23. Due to this coming new curriculum then someone gets 9 in Eng and gets mtc c3 can he still be recruited because its only all about knowing targets

  24. Hlo ministry of defence, am balitausa b 23yrs old ,Am proud to be Ugandan but I want serve my country as army soldier .

  25. Iwant to join updf bt not easy bcoz nw days they need money which sometimes it’s even eaten and you don’t join

  26. It gona be terrefic one day if recruitments only relying to friends and relatives coz never knew what tommorrow held for us could be like massive attack or other else just the matter time, let me dwell in my unlucky trials since 2019 progressivly til the climax of success. Thank in anticipation

  27. Okiror George william.I have to serve and protect my country 4rm both domestic and foreign enemies,Amen. And i salute every updf personel that may God always protect you as you do your great work,say:amen!

  28. With great love and respect,i surender all my life to serve my country uganda without fear and favour but pliz sir,could u help me when is the exact date for updf recruitment 2023-2024.otherwise may the blood and peace of jesus protect u for rest lives.amen.peterson okello always with u afandes.

  29. Pliz my dears brothers and sisters in the system of updf recruitment 2023,help me,iwant to serve my country deeply in heart.thanks.GOD bless.

  30. To. The Ministry of Defense and Veterans affairs Mbuya. Dear Sir/Madam. Re. Application for a place in Uganda People’s Defense Unit Force 2023. Am a Ugadan by Nationality 23yrs old. Am a polite boy with no criminal. Am willing to serve my Country as a UPDF Army. But I don’t have any connections so I need help I will be grateful if my application is submitted thanks.0705862061.
    . Your’s faithfully. Mutenyo Francis wamboka.

  31. I want to join updf this year bat I don’t know the recruitment day so I need your help.am oburu vicent 4rm mbuya kpla

    • I really want to join updf this year, i must serve my country.
      Long live uganda, long live the people of Uganda and long live your Exellecy the president of Uganda.

  32. To the ministry of veteran and affairs updf

    Dear sir/ madam,

    Re: Application for the post of army officer.
    I hereby write to your office applying for the post of the above as stated. I am a Ugandan by nationality aged 25th years old. I am a S4 leaver with certificate in computer applications and willing to serve my country.

    I now request for your help and directions where necessary as it’s yet my first time to try my best.

    I will be grateful if my request is in consideration .

    Your’s faithful,
    drileba Jimmy

    DRILEBA Jimmy

    • I am very grateful to the government of Uganda for this opportunity.May the Lord’s Mercy be upon us cause this is my hobby.i have nothing to do else with integrity apart from being an army officer especially UPDF. Asiye Kifani

  33. With the great love and respect, I surrender all my life to serve My country UGA without fear and fovour but plz Sir could you help me when is the exactly date for Updf rescuitment 2023_2024. Thank you

  34. God you will never fail me this year
    I promise I will never fail to serve my
    Country UGANDA because am
    joining to UPDF this year
    2023

  35. Am, a Ugandan aged 25 years . I sat my uce in 2019. Dear sir i submitted my application into your office. I be very great full when i my application is considered. yours faithfully owino Vincent.

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