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Commentary: Tour of duty and the next military leadership

  • Imanuddin Razak

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, November 2, 2017   /  08:24 am
Commentary: Tour of duty and the next military leadership President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (right) inspects Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel during the ceremony to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the TNI in Cilegon, Banten, on Oct. 5. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

A major reshuffle within the Indonesian Military (TNI), as occurred recently, is an anticipated event, although it commonly affects highranking officers who enter their mandatory retirement age and those who are promoted or secure new posts. The latest military reshuffle, commissioned by TNI chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo through a decree dated Oct. 17, is observed by many as a one-step higher promotion for certain officers. Not all military academy graduates can pass the pyramid-shaped career development path, let alone reach its top leadership structure. The tour of duty disclosed on Tuesday obviously offered more than the usual transfers of power at many key posts in the three services. It also served as a catalyst for potential appointment to top and strategic military posts in the future. Besides internal organizational purposes, the officers affected may help shape or contribu...