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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.
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
Jens Pattke, 21 July 2013