When the person recommending the promotion and the person approving the promotion both owe their positions to the person receiving the promotion who in turn holds the office of Prime Minister who would likely have been required to approve the recommendation, possibly made by the Minister of Home Affairs who also owes his job to the recipient?
The UFDF says that the recent promotion to Rear Admiral of the outgoing Commander of the Military is almost comical if it were not so full of self gratification and reward.
Someone in authority had to have made the recommendation. In all likelihood it would have come from the newly installed and ‘promoted’ Commander. This recommendation would have had to have gone to the line Minister for Home Affairs, who would have to then get his boss’s approval who just happens to be the Prime Minister and recipient of the promotion.
Once the PM approves his own promotion, it is sent to the Commander in Chief who is himself indebted to the recipient for his own position and once approved, the new Commander can bestow the new rank of Rear Admiral on his former Commander and a celebration is held.
Compared to our neighbors, the Fiji fleet consists of 9 vessels [not all operational] 3 are 20 years old, 4 are 23 years old and 3 are 27 years old. The naval contingent is 300 and we now have a Rear Admiral [Ret]
New Zealand has approximately 11 ships, 5 helicopters, 2,166 navy personal, 333 active reservists and 1 Rear Admiral as Chief of the Navy.
Australia has approximately 14,215 naval personal, 2,150 active reservists, 51 commissioned and 1 non commissioned ship. They have a Chief of Staff and Vice Chief of Staff and 2 Rear Admiral positions to manage their Navy.
The UFDF has no problems with promotions and rewards going to deserving military personnel who perform above and beyond the call of duty in the service to their country, however approving a promotion for oneself for usurping the democratic rights of the people is not a criteria deserving of any recognition or promotion.