By Goth Mohamed Goth
President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud (Silanyo) has issued a Presidential decree # JSL/M/XERM/249-1948/082013 which institutes the awarding of various ranks to more than 10,000 regular forces officers of all four Somaliland military services, commencing from 1st of September 2013.
The presidential decree states that the awarding of ranks to will commence on Eid -ul -Fitr day with the ranks been awarded by commanding officers and also the decree states the increment of officers pay as per their ranks including those of non-commissioned ranks and to produce common eligibility conditions in all four Somaliland military Services.
The eligibility for the awarding of the ranks to Regular Force officers serving will be done by commanding officer who will write a citation nominating an individual. This recommendation will then be passed up the military chain of command for consideration.
The awarding of ranks to senior officers including all non-commissioned ranks and non-regular force personnel was approved in2011, to produce common eligibility conditions in all four military Services; the Somaliland Government decided that the appropriate time has come for awarding the ranks.