Not much to say about this–not much but ‘damn.’
The United States Army is not looking for a few good Ugandans.
An Army recruiting spokesman said Wednesday he was working to squelch a potential influx of interested applicants after an African news agency incorrectly reported the U.S. military planned to recruit Ugandan citizens during an Orlando convention.
“I’m relatively certain that there is no one working to get non-citizens (living abroad) to join the U.S. military,” said Douglas Smith, spokesman for the Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, adding only noncitizens living in the U.S. with a green card are eligible to serve.
Army recruiting officials have discussed plans to attend the Ugandan North American Association 20th Annual Convention starting Aug. 29 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, Smith said.
Annette Kironde, spokeswoman for the association, said the publicity spurred dozens of e-mails to her organization, most saying they would do whatever it takes to join. “They’re desperate to get out of Uganda,” Kironde said.
“There are a lot of myths and misinformation on this topic,” he said of the U.S. military recruiting foreigners.
Not all Ugandans who heard about the bogus recruiting were interested.
“Ugandans, especially northerners, are too traumatized by 22 years of war that joining the U.S. army would not be therapeutic but rather a psychological trauma on top of trauma,” according to a comment Kironde received that was signed “A concerned Ugandan!”
This is all very confusing…if they are not recruiting then why are they attending the annual conference? And what is this business about cheaper flights…?
The Nation (Nairobi)
6 April 2008
Posted to the web 7 April 2008
By Angelo Izama
Ugandans who want a career in the United States military, can sign up at the annual convention of the Uganda North American Association, organisers say.
American military recruiters will set up a booth at this year’s UNAA convention in Orlando, Florida, and seek out professional Ugandans, said Lt. Frank Musisi, himself an officer in the US Army.
Lt. Musisi, who comes from Kalangala District on Lake Victoria, is the current president of UNAA. He said the US military would also advise Ugandans on the “proper channels” to follow in enlisting. The announcement, which is also on the UNAA website (www.unaa.net), is set to cause a rush to this year’s convention that takes place from August 29 to September 1.
UNAA is encouraging interested Ugandans to book flights to Orlando and take a shot at joining the US military. The organisation says it has made a deal with Kenya Airways/KLM for a discounted return ticket at $1,200 (Sh74,400). The conference fee is $190 (Sh11,700).
“All registered Kampala travel agents have been authorised to book intending members,” Lt. Musisi said in an email interview.
The tour firm Let’s Go Travel confirmed to Saturday Monitor that UNAA had circulated a notice of the discounts. Applicants are being asked to carry their curriculum vitae (CV) suggesting that the recruitment exercise will be a main attraction at the convention.
Public interest in jobs abroad in Uganda is intense. Recruitment and job placement companies which advertise are often flooded with thousands of applications.