Comptroller to Release Harsh Report on Army Promotions Today

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss is due to release today a scathing report on the appointments process in the highest ranks of the IDF. The report was written before the controversy around the choice of successor to Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and the Galant document affair.

The comptroller's report, which was prepared by the comptroller's office defense division, led by Maj. Gen (res. ) Yaakov Or, focuses on two aspects of the process: Appointments of officers to ranks between lieutenant colonel and brigadier general, and the appointments of new major generals.

The report does not comment on appointments of chiefs of staff.

Since the Second Lebanon War, the army has made considerable efforts to improve the appointments process among the top brass. But much of the improvement appears to be contained to ranks below the level of major general.

The recurring clashes between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Ashkenazi over the appointments of major generals seem to indicate that the appointments process is yet to be formalized and assigned clear guidelines.

As of today, there are no external monitoring rules for the appointments of major generals; rather, the entire process takes place between the chief of staff and the defense minister.