Military Ranks

Egyptian president Mursi sacks army chief Tantawi in political shake-up

Then army chief Mohamed Tantawi (left) as President Mohammed Mursi speaks to troops.Photo: EPA

Egypt's new Islamist president Mohammed Mursi dismissed Cairo's two top generals yesterday and cancelled a military order that curbed his powers, in a dramatic move that could free him of some of the restrictions of military rule.

Monday, 13 August, 2012, 7:16am

PLA seeks to become nimbler and leaner

The People's Liberation Army, the largest fighting force in the world, will undergo its most significant restructuring in a decade as Beijing seeks to transform the massive military organisation into a nimble, knowledge-based fighting force.

15 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Watchdog criticises civil service management

A government watchdog yesterday published a damning report hitting out at what it says is a series of unfair promotions and staff management malpractices in the civil service.

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

The recruit who almost failed to make it

Cheung Chi-shum, who rose from the rank of police inspector to assistant commissioner, almost did not become a policeman.

He revealed in an interview with a Chinese-language newspaper in 2001 that he failed two recruitment tests in 1967 and 1968.

11 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Educated Indians shun life as an army officer

A national recruiting campaign for India's armed forces has virtually drawn a blank, leaving the army short of more than 12,500 officers ranging from captains to majors.

12 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

PLA officers to get more cash

A new system is being put in place for non-commissioned PLA officers which will also see pay rises for technical military personnel.

The reforms, effective from next month, follow leadership calls to strengthen the army through science and technology and improve the quality and fighting ability of troops.

27 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Moulding an officer from a plebeian

Isay, old boy, there's a chap here saying it's time to let men without monocles run the army. Says he's demanding the officer's mess be opened to persons promoted from the non port-drinking ranks. Commissions for the beer-swilling classes! He'll be calling for women and non-white generals next.

9 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Crime-busting soldier earns bravery award

A military policeman who captured three armed criminals will today receive one of the highest British awards for valour.

Corporal Martin Andrews, 25, who was unarmed when he tackled the three men, will receive the Queen's Commendation for Bravery.

3 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Officers' morale low as military fails to attract the right stuff

The military faces a desperate shortage of officers among its middle and lower ranks.

According to a recent parliamentary report, the army - the world's fourth largest, with 1.2 million soldiers - is short of at least 13,000 officers, mostly captains and majors.

26 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Moore and York Marshal their Valley forces

THINGS didn't go exactly to plan for the new combination of John Moore and Brian York at Sunday's opening Sha Tin meeting. In hindsight, isn't that a wonderful thing in horse racing? They only had one real chance of winning and that, Survey King, was just tipped out in the last.

13 Sep 1994 - 12:00am


AS captain-in-charge of the Royal Navy in Hong Kong, departed Captain Tom Sunter was always known as ''Capic''.

Sunter's administrative responsibility now falls to Commander Berry Reeves, who, as newly appointed commander-in-charge, will no doubt be known as ''Comic''.

Never let it be said the Garrison run-down is no joke.

12 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Row over claims of favouritism

A ROW is brewing in the Fire Services Department with officers accusing management of manipulating staff reports to promote those they like.

Angry officers will be making a formal complaint to the Civil Service Branch after failing to secure an acceptable explanation from management.

22 Jan 1994 - 12:00am

Acting forces chief asks to quit

THE acting chief of British Forces in Hong Kong tendered his resignation to take up the directorship of the territory's British Chamber of Commerce.

Gulf War veteran Brigadier Christopher Hammerbeck is seeking permission from the Ministry of Defence to leave the Army to allow him to accept the prestigious and lucrative position, sources confirmed yesterday.

2 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Defence cuts hit HK troops

FORTY-THREE Hongkong-based soldiers are to lose their jobs as part of the latest round of British defence cuts announced yesterday. But the news was greeted with a mixture of sadness and relief within the garrison.

26 Feb 1993 - 12:00am