Army: Why Some Soldiers Are Denied Promotion

The Army has said poor awareness of career and poor performance by personnel during training are major limitations that may affect a commissioned officer from regular promotion.

This was disclosed by the Military Secretary, Army, Major General Folusho Oyinlola while speaking to newsmen on the sideline of a Career Planning Sensitisation Lecture titled “Career Planning for NA Officers’’ for 6 Division Nigerian Army Officers in Port Harcourt, yesterday, 22nd September, 2023.

It was explained by Oyinlola that the force was developed to ensure regular promotion of commissioned officers, but the negligence of younger officers affects them negatively when they grow on the job.

Oyinlola regretted the fact that many officers go through their careers without knowing how to go about it and what to do when it comes to achieving a successful career in the military, saying the training was necessary to equip young officers with all they need to be successful.

He stated, “Many of the young officers go through their career without a full knowledge of what they can do, especially when they were young officers. You go on courses and various pieces of training from the moment you are commissioned as an army as one of its uniqueness.

“So, you need to hit the ground running from when you were young officers. For instance, if you go for a course and you were careless and did not do very well in that course, when you are a senior officer it comes into play when they are selecting people for promotion and posting or appointments.

“I am here to ensure that everybody understands that you must be serious from the beginning. We have to give them tips on how to enhance their career. They should ensure they put in the best without resting on their laurels.”

Also, the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigeria Army/ Land Component Commander, South-South, Operation Delta Safe, Major-Gen. Jamal Abdussalam noted that the army spells out terms and conditions of engagement of an officer for them to be diligent in service.

“The training was to enable officers to get a balanced promotion, posting, and appointments while in service,” Abdussalam had said.