The recently promoted Army colonels, Nicolas Gortaire, Jose Luis Castillo and Oswaldo Moreno, who on last March 13 were promoted to the rank of general by the Decree No. 1460, have been out functions in the armed forces since July 2012, when the measuring rating for promotion began, as established by the military law. This information was revealed by El Universo newspaper.
This week they will be presented to the commanding officer of the Army, Jorge Pena, once the Ecuadorian president, Rafael Correa, signs the executive order to carry out the final promotion, after eight months of the qualification process.
At first the three officers were not considered for the promotion by the General Council of the Army, after the colonels disqualified them by lack of points in the parameters established by military law for promotion to the higher grade immediately: moral qualities, professional qualities, work experience, vocational and professional qualifications.
The decision to promote these officers led to the resignation of the commander of the Land Forces, Marco Vera, who later said it was “legally impossible” to comply with the decision of the Supreme Council. Due to this action the chief of staff, Gen. Fabian Narvaez also resigned.