Field marshal (Uganda)

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Field marshal
Idi Amin at UN (United Nations, New York) gtfy.00132 (cropped).jpg
Idi Amin as field marshal, October 1975
Country Uganda (Second Republic)
Service branchUganda Army
Rank groupGeneral officer
RankField marshal
Non-NATO rankFive-star rank
Formation17 July 1975
Next lower rankGeneral

Field marshal was the highest rank in the military of Uganda, during the regime of Idi Amin.

History of the rank[edit]

On 17 July 1975, Idi Amin, President of Uganda and the commander-in-chief of the country's military at the time, the Uganda Army (UA), awarded himself the rank of field marshal.[1][2] Officially, the rank was given to Amin by the Defence Council (which he himself chaired). Amin was then decorated with the rank insignia by Maj. Gen. Mustafa Adrisi at a function held at the State House in the capital, Entebbe.[2]

Present status[edit]

Presently, the highest ranking individual in the current Ugandan military, the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) is President Yoweri Museveni, who uses the rank of general.[3] In 2021, there were calls by Defence Minister Charles Engola to promote Museveni to the rank of field marshal as well.[4] The UPDF announced that Museveni will be awarded the rank in the next promotions.[5][unreliable fringe source?]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Notes on People". The New York Times. July 17, 1975. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "How Amin became Field Marshal". Daily Monitor. July 18, 2021. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces Act" (PDF). The Uganda Gazette. Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation. CXII (46): 1851–1854. 18 September 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Minister says Museveni should be promoted to Field Marshal". New Vision. May 6, 2021. Retrieved September 25, 2021.
  5. ^ Emmanuel Busingye (May 5, 2021). "UPDF to crown Museveni 'Field Marshal' in next promotion". Ekyooto Uganda. Retrieved September 25, 2021.