Local February 24, 2022 | 8:15 am

Over 41 Dominican generals await retirement

Santo Domingo.- At least 41 generals are in a situation of retirement in the Dominican armed forces, as confirmed by this newspaper through a comparison of the payrolls of the military branches and the decrees that contain the promotions of superior officers.

This number of generals has entered the condition of retirement under three conditions established in the Organic Law of the Armed Forces: having accumulated 40 years in active service; passed the age of 61, or completed 10 consecutive years in the rank.

Paragraph V of article 155 of the organic law, which establishes the conditions for the retirement of the military, makes the exception that generals and admirals may be retained in active service by presidential order, notwithstanding any cause of retirement, “When in the judgment of the President of the Republic his services are necessary in cases of a state of emergency.”

The largest number of retired generals is concentrated in the Army, with 21 senior officers, followed by the Air Force, with 13, and ending with the Navy, with 7.

In the case of the Army, several of these senior officers already have 20 years in the rank, which represents double what is established by law to be able to retire them.

Regarding the Air Force, of almost 25 generals, just over half already meet the requirements to be retired.

A similar situation occurs in the Navy: of 12 admirals, there are 7 who can already be placed in retirement.

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February 24, 2022 9:22 am

I have said before this little country has a ridiculous number of generals for its size…lol…

felix the cat
February 24, 2022 10:41 am
Reply to  alfredo

it is an smart move that have saved the dominican democracy. weak democracies like ours cant concentrate too much power in an small group of corrupt generals. deluting the power of the army in many hands had made any kind of subversive action impossible.

Last edited 2 years ago by felix the cat
February 24, 2022 11:54 am
Reply to  felix the cat

Exactly. People don’t understand that. Put the whole army in the hands of few generals and they are de facto more powerful than the President, you have 100 generals and all they’ll think about is their cushy lifestyles, and military coup will never happen.

Felix Arroyo
February 25, 2022 2:17 am

I love democracy!

Paul Tierney
February 25, 2022 2:37 pm

It would be wise not to increase the pay grade of any of the generals just prior to their retirement dates. It has been a common practice to provide higher pension benefits and perks to favored officers. The country needs to cut down on excesses that drain the treasury. Meanwhile, veterans of lower ranks are protesting low pensions that curb their ability to live with just basics.