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Uganda People's Defence Force


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image by Jens Pattke, 21 July 2013

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The Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), previously the National Resistance Army, are the armed forces of Uganda

The origin of the Ugandan military can be traced back to 1902 when the Uganda battalion of the King's African Rifles was formed. They were trained by the British colonialists and became the Uganda Rifles after independence in 1962. Its name has changed several times but the UPDF was constituted in 1995 following the adoption of a new constitution for the country.  The UPDF is made up of a military component which is the armed forces (land forces and an air wing) and a civil component which is mainly administrative.

Description of the Flag

The flag has a dark green background below which are six narrow stripes in the colours  found on the Uganda national flag (black, yellow, red, black, yellow, red).  The emblem of the UPDF is found in the centre of the green field.
Jens Pattke, 21 July 2013