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Non Commissioned Officer's Academy

COL SAAD KATEMBA

Commandant NCOA

About NCOA

Non Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA), located in Jinja was shifted from Kabamba, Mubende, to give space for Uganda Military Academy. It interchanged locations with School of Infantry that was named Uganda Military Academy.

NCOA, in its current location, was inaugurated on November 5, 2007 by the Commander-in-Chief, HE Rtd Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Its inauguration was meant to emphasize professionalization of the UPDF as a course of action in a bid to strengthen and elevate its operational capacity.

The Academy is one of the training schools of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces accredited by Uganda’s Ministry of Education & Sports (MOE&S).

NCOA provides the basis on which the NCO core can be built. It provides the soldiers with the fundamentals to command, administer troops under their command, and career guidance to enable them sustain themselves and their families during the conduct of their duties and after service. By having the right mental attitude, working hard, and paying attention to detail, students find their time at the Academy enjoyable and rewarding.

Mission

To train lower military unit leaders on tactical techniques and operational procedures in order to enable them effectively manage, organize, administer, coordinate and command basic troop compositions, taking care of their well-being and maintaining good standards of their resources.

Justification

The Non-commissioned Officers’ Corp is instrumental to effective Command, Control and Administration of the army and that is why it is often referred to as the back bone of the force.

It is therefore imperative that this force component is kept vibrant to function effectively in support of the force. Training is the basic requirement for building the individual and collective capacities of the Corp and NCOA performs this task.

CORE COURSES HANDLED

Junior Non Commissioned Officer (JNCO) Course.

This course is equivalent to post Advanced level certificate and is designed to promote the leadership potentials of soldiers of the rank of Private to Corporal to enable them to lead and administer soldiers placed under their command in peace and wartime.

Senior Non Commissioned Officer (SNCO) Course.

This course is equivalent to ordinary diploma. It is designed to promote leadership potentials of soldiers from the rank of Corporal to Sergeant to enable them lead and administer soldiers placed under their command in peace and wartime and administer Platoons.

Warrant Officers Course.

The course is equivalent to Higher Diploma and it is designed for SNCOs from the rank of Staff Sergeants to Warrant Officers Class I to enable them lead and supervise the disciplinary and administrative matters, and teach various drills in the unit.

Instructors’ course.

This course is designed to promote training potentials of soldiers from the rank of Corporals to Warrant Officers enabling them train various courses in basic units / formations on tactical techniques & operation procedures.

OTHER COURSES HANDLED

  • Officer Basic Courses.
  • Orientation.
  • Workshops.
  • Seminars.

Any other courses as directed by the strategic headquarters.

Commandants

Lt Col James Sebagala (now Brig) - While Kabamba
Lt Col Potel Kivuna (Col - RIP)
Lt Col Charles Arocha (now Brig)
Lt Col JW Byarugaba (now Brig)
Lt Col JM Kaganda (now Col)
Lt Col Lutaaya APR 2012 - After shifting to Jinja
Lt Col Saad Katemba (Incumbent)