NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Article 55(1) and (7) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is hereby proclaimed as follows:
In this Proclamation, unless the context otherwise requires:
3) "Member of the Defence Forces" means a person who renders military services in the National Defence Forces on a permanent basis;
4) "Officer" includes those members of the Defence forces ranging in rank from Second-Lieutenant to General;
5) "General Officer" means a person with the rank of Brigadier-, Major-, Lieutenant-General and General;
6) "Military Court" means courts to be established under Article 25 of this Proclamation.
3) Officers shall be recruited only from among the ranks of the Defence Forces.
3) Anyone from among the ranks of the Defence Forces satisfying the criteria to be issued by the Ministry shall receive training that qualifies him for officer service.
3) Any member of the Defence Forces shall serve for, at least, ten years subsequent to having become an officer. Such service, however, may not extend beyond the following age-limits:
(a) Second-Lieutenant to Captain………....……..… 48 years
(b) Major to Colonel…….… 52 years
(c) General Officers………. 55 years
4) Where it finds it necessary, the Ministry may extend the term of service of officers for a period of not more than two years.
3) acceptance by the Ministry of his offer for resignation;
4) a medical board testifying his unfitness for further military service owing to serious illness or, mental or physical handicap suffered;
5) his being criminally convicted by a law court and where dicided that the offence disqualifies him from service;
6) it becoming impossible to retain him because of changes in the structure of the Ministry;
7) his service being confirmed undesirable due to incompetence in the performance of regular military duties, failure in leadership or misconduct; and
8) his retirement.
3) The age-limits for termination of service, specified under sub-Articles (1), (2) and (3) of Article 9 herein above, shall also be deemed to be retirement age-limits for purposes of the application of Pension Laws.
(c) Master Technician.
(c) Lieutenant-Colonel or Colonel by the Council of Defence Commanders, which consists of Heads of Departments in the Headquarters of the Armed Forces as well as Corps-and Force-Commanders;
(d) General Officers by the Head of State, upon recommendation by the Prime Minister.
3) Where it finds it necessary, the leadership organ or the Committee shall call upon and hear the would-be dismissed officer before a final decision is reached under sub-Articles (1) and (2) of this Article.
3) to initiate laws and rules governing the Defence Forces and ensure their implementation subsequent to approval;
4) to submit budgetary requirements to the concerned Government organ and supervise allocations thereof are put to work;
5) to supervise, as the superior authority, military plants and see to it that materials needed by the Defence Forces are available;
6) to establish working relationships in respect of defence matters with foreign governments, governmental and non-governmental offices and organizations;
7) to coordinate nation-wide mobilization campaigns subject to Government directives.
3) to organize the National Defence Forces in line with decisions by the Government;
4) to ensure that the Armed Forces are, at all times, combat-ready;
5) subject to the directives and decisions of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to command the Armed Forces and direct military operations;
6) to advise the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Minister on military matters.
3) civilians deployed with members of the Defence Forces on combat duty abroad;
4) offences committed by prisoners-of-war.
(c) the General Chief of Staff;
(d) a Corps-or-Forces-Commander.
3) The case of an accused person whose offence is punishable by a prison-term of not more than two years shall be tried by not less than three officers in a Primary Military Court.
4) The number of officers specified in sub-Article (2) of this Article may, under circumstances of non-availability, be reduced to three.
5) In the Appellate Military Court there shall sit one civilian judge and two officers to be appointed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces upon recommendation by the Minister.
6) Officers sitting in a military court, pursuant to sub-Articles (1), (2) and (3) of this Article, shall be, at least, one notch higher in military rank than the accused person.
3) In case of appeal against a sentence exceeding two years imprisonment, made within thirty days of its pronouncement, a Primary Military Court shall have the file transferred.
3) A case for investigation, pursuant to sub-Article (1) of this Article, may be referred to a soldier or a team of soldiers or to the police as necessary.
4) Where he finds it necessary to bring a charge, the person having to appoint the military court shall refer the case to the concerned bodies upon completion of the investigation.
3) Cases of death penalty confirmed in accordance with sub-Article (2) of this Article shall, prior to execution, be submitted to the Head of State in consideration of possible pardon.
(c) the Armed Forces Officers Promotion, Obligatory Service and Dismissal Regulations No. 492/1973;
(d) the Military Courts Establishment Proclamation No. 10/1987.