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Military Promotions List Issued

Deputies attend a national meeting celebrating the centenary of birth of President Kim Il Sung at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on April 14, 2012. (Xinhua/Zhang Li)

On Friday (14 April) Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) promoted 71 Korean People’s Army [KPA] officers on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung.  This was the second batch of military promotions Kim Jong Un has made since he became KPA Supreme Commander following the death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011.  On one hand this was rewarding favored constituencies in the DPRK’s national security community and on the other, the officers promoted are among the country’s 3rd generation elite who will eventually be appointed to command or senior management positions in the KPA.  KCNA reports:

Kim Jong Un, supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, on Friday issued Order No. 009 on promoting the military ranks of KPA commanding officers.

He said that the Korean revolutionary armed forces which President Kim Il Sung founded and led along the road of victory and glory and leader Kim Jong Il developed into the matchless army of Mt. Paektu have performed great exploits for the party, revolution, country and its people while carrying forward the glorious tradition of devotedly defending the leader for 80 years and are now fully demonstrating their tremendous might as a strong army in the defence of the country and the building of a thriving nation.

He issued the order to promote the military ranks of KPA commanding officers who have grown up as the backbone of the revolutionary forces under the care of the Workers’ Party of Korea and leaders, on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung. He also expressed belief that they would creditably discharge their duties as vanguard fighters of the Songun revolution in the sacred struggle to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche generation after generation, true to the behests of Kim Jong Il.

According to the order, Pak Sun Hwan has been promoted to Lieut. General, Kim Yong Hwa, Son Kyong Bok and 68 others to Maj. General.

3 comments on “Military Promotions List Issued

  1. Louis E.

    So when will Kim Jong Un himself be promoted to Wonsu (Marshal)?
    It’s incongruous for him to be Supreme Commander of a military that includes officers with ranks higher than his own.

    • nkleadershipwatch

      When KJU was appointed Supreme Commander (either in December or October 2011), it appeared they formally revised the position and powers of the office establishing it more as a military rank, rather than an appellation concurrent to a commander-in-chief position (i.e. NDC Chairman). While that may not be the case, it would explain why KJU does not hold a Marshal or Vice Marshal rank. If he is to be promoted higher in rank–to Wonsu–it may occur in June or July or October This WAG is based on DPRK holidays/anniversary days when military promotions have been issued.

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