Accommodating New Commander through Military Law Revision

Summary

The appointment of General Andika Perkasa as the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Commander has resurfaced the idea to speed up the revision of Law No. 34/2004 on Military Law. The deputy chairman of the Defense Commission Abdul Kharis Almasyhari revealed the plan to extend Andika's retirement age by two years or until 2024. "I see an opportunity to be extended through the Military Law," says the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician.

The current Military Law dictates that enlisted and non-commissioned officers shall retire aged 53, while the proposed revision intends to expand it to 58 years old. However, Kharis believed that the retirement age for senior TNI officers would be extended from 58 to 60 years old. Meanwhile, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said that he was still waiting for the government's proposal on the matter. "I think it takes time and requires further studies," Sufmi stated on Tuesday.

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