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Ninety-eight SLAVF officers promoted to next rank

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, promoted 98 officers of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF) to their next ranks, the Military Secretariat announced on Saturday (6).

The President made the promotions with the concurrence of the Defence Ministry and recommendations of the Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, the Military Secretariat said.

Sixty-one Officers were promoted from Captain to Major rank, 19 from Major to Lieutenant Colonel rank, 14 from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel rank and four from Lieutenant Colonel to Brevet Colonel rank.

The promotion of 98 officers to their next rank in a single day in the SLAVF is regarded as a rare occurrence in the SLAVF’s recent history.

The Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander who was the driving force behind the realization of these promotions, said that these promotions were overdue and were a reflection of deserving career prospects and would certainly act a stimulus to the officers to perform better in future, since a promotion would also multiply productivity and selfless service and serve a gesture for others to follow.

With structural changes being effected, steps were also adopted in the recent past to grant more such career promotions for the best interests of hardworking officers, Lieutenant General Silva said.

The SLAVF which traces its origin to 1861 out of a civilian rifle club was turned into broad-based infantry soldiering unit by a proclamation issued on April 1, 1881, as the Ceylon Volunteer Force, later to be called the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force after the country became a republic with a special proclamation on May 22, 1972.

Since its founding, the SLAVF has to-date produced hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteer professionals and infantrymen of the highest calibre.

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