The UPDF will start conducting annual physical fitness tests for all its personnel, effective March 2017.
According to the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Katumba Wamala the mandatory tests will be conducted for individuals and units and will be used as the criteria for retirement or discharge.
Gen Wamala said this while receiving donations of six trophies and soccer uniforms for eighteen UPDF teams that will participate in the 2016 Chief of Defence Forces’ Cup due that starts today and ends on 20th December 2016 at UPDF 3rd Division in Mbale.
The donations were handed over at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Mbuya, by the Chief Executive Officer of WSACCO, Col Simon Ocan and City Tyre’s Hebert Bashaha on behalf of Mr Hajj Umar Mandela.
Gen Wamala noted that sports is important in keeping the forces alert and physically fit for other duties.
The CDF Cup is an annual championship between all UPDF units that is hosted on a rotational basis. This year the 3rd Division will host the championships. In 2014 and 2015, the trophy was won by General headquarter and retained the trophy.