Colombo, May 19, 2023 – In commemoration of the 14th National War Heroes’ Day, more than 5,400 army and naval personnel have received promotions to their next ranks, as directed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
The Sri Lanka Army announced that effective today (May 19), a total of 402 Officers (Regular and Volunteer Force) and 3,348 Other Ranks have been promoted to their respective next ranks. The promotions signify recognition of the personnel’s dedication and service.
Among the Officer promotions, 07 Brigadiers have been elevated to the rank of Major General, while 19 Colonels have assumed the rank of Brigadier. Additionally, 29 Lieutenant Colonels, 33 Majors, 09 Majors to Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, 115 Captains, 03 Captains (QM), 97 Lieutenants, and 90 Second Lieutenants (Regular Force & Volunteer Force) have all received promotions in their respective categories.
In the Other Ranks category, a total of 129 Warrant Officers-II have been promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer-I, and 332 Staff Sergeants have advanced to Warrant Officer-II. Furthermore, 442 Sergeants, 585 Corporals, 1028 Lance Corporals, and 832 Privates have also been promoted to their respective next ranks.
The Sri Lanka Navy also announced that 1,731 personnel within its ranks have been advanced to their next higher ranks, in alignment with the significance of National War Heroes’ Day.
The promotions reflect the government’s appreciation for the sacrifices and commitment of the armed forces in safeguarding the nation’s security and protecting its citizens. The recipients of these promotions are recognized for their invaluable contributions and dedication to their duties.
The President’s directive to promote these deserving individuals showcases the government’s commitment to honoring and supporting the armed forces, acknowledging their significant role in preserving peace and national security.