On March 14, 23 lieutenant colonels requested discharge from the institution of the Colombian land military forces through a circular issued by the Army Personnel Directorate (Diper).
On March 14, 23 lieutenant colonels requested discharge from the institution of the Colombian land military forces through a circular issued by the Army Personnel Directorate (Diper), as reported by the Colombian media Colombia As. According to what was expressed in the document, the officials were part of the Military School of Infantry, Artillery, Aviation, Administration Risk and other specialties in different battalions of the country belonging to the National Army.
According to a source consulted by El País, the lieutenant colonels resigned “because they already had their time and asked to leave voluntarily to avoid being discharged (from the Army itself), others leave for investigations that are up to their necks and then to make themselves invisible a bit, they leave; they prefer to leave before a bigger scandal breaks out, and others have left bored”.
The recent casualties in the military ranks have produced a whole series of hypotheses to explain the massive departures of the uniformed. According to information obtained by El País América, the global newspaper, some officials, who requested that their names be reserved, “mention that they are tired of the new guidelines issued by the Ministry of Defense and the national government.” However, withdrawal requests are private matters.
In fact, with the resignation of the 23 lieutenant colonels, the departure of 40 National Police officials is approaching. This was confirmed by a source to the journalist Darcy Quinn on La FM, who assured that multiple members of the public force they are discouraged by the lack of leadership in the institutions. “Episodes like the kidnapping of the more than 70 policemen and the way in which the members of the Dijin received Aida Merlano; she has convinced many that they no longer see the point of continuing in the Police”, assured The FM.
However, it is not the first time it has happened.
However, it is not the first time that this type of collective resignation has occurred this year. On March 10, the Minister of Defense, Iván Velásquez, approved the departure of 32 police officers: 15 majors, five lieutenants, five colonels, four second lieutenants and three captains, some of them apparently also of “own will”.
So far this year, according to figures presented by the General Command of the Armed Forces to El País América, the global newspaper, there have been 112 withdrawals of officers from the Colombian National Army. However, according to a document known by La W Radio, although so far there are more than 100 soldiers who have left the institution during the first three months of the year, this does not represent a military crisis, when comparing the figures with those of past governments. .