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Recruiting Ugandans For The US Army?
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April 11, 2008, 07:31 PM
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This sounds like the Army is either desperate for recruits, or desperate to be multicultural, but that`s not the whole story here:
U.S. Army Set to Recruit Citizens

The Nation (Nairobi)

NEWS 6 April 2008 Posted to the web 7 April 2008

By Angelo Izama Kampala

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 [http://www.unaanet.com/], 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).[More]

Lt. Frank Musisi is a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve, specializing in logistics, and is thus not very important militarily, and he`s running for president of the UNAA on a platform that includes "immigration advocacy." All this tory actually means is that he was able to dig up a recruiter to man the booth, and make a long-distance call to Kampala.

In any event, recruiting Africans for the US military may not work out very well. Recently a Nigerian sailor who was serving aboard the USS Cowpens, (which is stationed in Japan) was handed over to the Japanese Police who wanted him for murdering a Japanese cab driver.[AP headline: US Sailor Arrested in Cab Driver Murder—that`s so Associated Press.]