(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –A record of 14,617 other ranks of Sri Lanka Army would be promoted on the National War Heroes’ Day which falls on May 19, concurrent with the state commemoration of the event, the Army said in a statement posted on its website.
The pinnacle of the day’s state commemoration is scheduled at National War Heroes’ Monument at Battaramulla, Sri Jayewardenepura, headed by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces on Tuesday (19).
The driving-force behind the project is Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defense Staff and Commander of the Army who was keen on turning those long overdue and stagnant promotions of a five-digit number of Army Other Ranks, finally to a reality.
The Army Chief maintains that granting of long-awaited but inspiring promotions, would inevitably serve a motivating fillip to their untiring, dedicated and life-threatening ongoing national services, and amounts to recognition of their selfless and numerous commitments in times of natural disasters, terrorist threats, global epidemics, and also whenever Sri Lanka’s territorial integrity and unitary state is under threat.
Accordingly, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva who initiated the move on the guidelines of the Army Directorate of Personnel Administration (DPA), led by Brigadier Sisira Pilapitiya, Director, DPA on the guidelines given by the Adjutant General of the Army has elevated those Other Ranks in all Army Regiments to their next rank, effective from 18th May 2020 to coincide with the National War Heroes’ Day, a project that would also go into this Directorate’s history as the biggest ever share of promotions, hitherto granted at one given point on a single day.