All other officers, excepting military officers, are given a ministry training before being given postings.
The appointment on military officers is done directly by the defence ministry.
Brig. Fernando, recalled home yesterday (22), became a controversial figure after social media circulated a video of him showing an alleged throat-slitting gesture at Tamil protestors in front of the Sri Lankan high commission in London on Independence Day.
He was immediately suspended from service, but was reinstated by the president.