567 Officers, 10,678 Other Ranks promoted on Army Day
By Chamara Amarasuriya
In a historic move to mark the 72nd Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army also known as Army Day (10 October), promotions have been given to 567 Officers and 10,368 Other Ranks (ORs), the SL Army said.
The promotions have been made with the approval of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Commander-inChief of the Armed Forces on the recommendation of General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army and the Ministry of Defence.
Accordingly, eight Senior Brigadiers to the rank of Major General, 17 Colonels to the rank of Brigadier, 42 Lieutenant Colonels to the rank of Colonel, 60 Majors to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, 256 Captains to the rank of Major, 10 Lieutenants to the rank of Captain, 152 2nd Lieutenants to the rank of Lieutenant and 22 Probation Officers commissioned to the rank of Lieutenant (QM) in total received these Army Day promotions yesterday.
The Sri Lanka Army said that after General Silva took the mantle of the Army Command on 18 August 2019, the highest-ever number of promotions have been granted to both Officers and Other Ranks in the organisation within a short period of two years. Unprecedented in its history of 72 years, a record number of 3,873 promotions to Officers and 78,707 promotions to Other Ranks including yesterday’s ones have been granted to-date after 18 August 2019.
In his Army Day Message, the Commander said they have also been able to successfully enhance the cadre vacancy of the Volunteer Force with seven Brigadier Ranks, 17 Colonel Ranks, and 48 Lieutenant Colonel Ranks to avoid any hurdle to career progression of the Volunteer Force Officers.