Seventy-one Army officers promoted to their next rank

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, on the recommendations of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army promoted 71 Officers to their next rank, the Military Secretariat announced.

Accordingly, 41 Colonels were promoted to the rank of Brigadier and 30 Lieutenant Colonels to the rank of Colonel, effective from 15 June 2020.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva expresses the gratitude of the Army to the President and the Ministry of Defence for their cooperation and understanding and maintains that these promotions would stimulated morale for better performance, courage and commitment to duties.

The Sri Lanka Army has so far obtained promotions for 29 Officers (Brigadier to Major General), 51 Officers (Colonel to Brigadier), 95 Officers (Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel) and 138 Officers (Major to Lieutenant Colonel) in the past six months. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Deploy some in Prisons as things stand, Prison Officers are also colluding with criminals. Give the Army full Police powers as the Police service needs more support. Increase the pensions of Ranaviru who saved the country.

    • ‘Yanne Kiheda ?, Malle Pol’. We are concerned of the poor majority of the population, not having even two meals a day, while a bunch of ‘war criminals’ including the top man getting pampered. Yes, ‘pensioners & disabled’ of tri forces front-line personnel should be rewarded without a doubt, but it’s the ‘Ranks’ we are concerned my dear ‘Concerned’ citizen.

  2. Soldiers thin on the ground. All office bound, drawing 5 figure salaries and perks to go with. In this critical hour, we need to concentrate on poor citizens welfare, and not to subsidise the rich and the well off.

  3. When will the 40% of the poor (families of 4 earning under 8 dollars a day) get the promotion that they were dreaming of for the past forty or so years to the lower/middle class status????
    You pathetic lot will end up in hell for sure. Metta to all!

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