President Maithripala Sirisena today announced that General Fonseka will be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. Field Marshal is a very senior military rank, ordinarily senior to the general officer ranks. It is a lifetime position and a Field Marshal is entitled to the benefits of a Cabinet Minister. Promotion to the rank of field marshal in many countries historically required extraordinary military achievement by a general, usually a wartime victory.
General Fonseka, who is credited with leading the Sri Lankan Army to secure victory against the Tamil Tiger terrorists and eliminating the terrorist group, will be the first ever Field Marshal in Sri Lankan military history.local media