Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces

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Commander of the Defence Forces
Kaitseväe juhataja
Flags of Estonia - Commander-in-Chief.svg
Standard of the Commander of the Defence Force
Martin Herem.png
Incumbent
Major General Martin Herem

since 5 December 2018
Estonian Defence Forces
Member ofHeadquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces
SeatTallinn, Estonia
NominatorMinister of Defence (Estonia)
AppointerGovernment of Estonia
Term lengthFive years (with option for another two years)
Formation1918
First holderGeneral Johan Laidoner
Websitewww.mil.ee

The Commander of the Defence Forces is Chief of the Estonian Defence Forces and the national defence organisations.

List of Commander of the Defence Forces[edit]

Commander of the Defence Force Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1
Johan Laidoner
Laidoner, JohanGeneral
Johan Laidoner
(1884–1953)
[a]
23 December 1918
1 December 1924
12 March 1934
26 March 1920
8 January 1925
22 June 1940
1 year, 94 days
38 days
6 years, 102 days
Total: 7 years, 234 days
Maavagi crest.svg
Army
Vacant
Soviet occupation
2
Jaan Maide
Maide, JaanMajor General
Jaan Maide
(1896–1945)
[b]
18 September 194424 October 194436 daysMaavagi crest.svg
Army
Vacant
Soviet rule
3
Aleksander Einseln
Einseln, AleksanderGeneral
Aleksander Einseln
(1931–2017)
[c]
1 May 19934 December 19952 years, 217 daysMaavagi crest.svg
Army
4
Johannes Kert
Kert, JohannesLieutenant General
Johannes Kert
(born 1959)
[d]
23 January 199630 June 20004 years, 159 daysMaavagi crest.svg
Army
-
Aarne Ermus
Ermus, AarneLieutenant colonel
Aarne Ermus
(born 1966)
Acting
[3]
30 June 200021 September 200083 daysMaavagi crest.svg
Army
5
Tarmo Kõuts
Kõuts, TarmoVice admiral
Tarmo Kõuts
(born 1953)
[e]
21 September 200014 November 20066 years, 54 daysEstonian Navy emblem.svg
Navy
6
Ants Laaneots
Laaneots, AntsGeneral
Ants Laaneots
(born 1948)
5 December 20065 December 20115 years, 0 daysMaavagi crest.svg
Army
7
Riho Terras
Terras, RihoGeneral
Riho Terras
(born 1967)
5 December 20115 December 20187 years, 0 daysMaavagi crest.svg
Army
8
Martin Herem
Herem, MartinMajor General
Martin Herem
(born 1973)
5 December 2018Incumbent195 daysMaavagi crest.svg
Army

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First term served during Estonian War of Independence. Made commander-in-chief twice under martial law. Eventually removed from position on 22 June 1940, after Soviet Union occupied Estonia.
  2. ^ Served as commander-in-chief in the period between the German occupation and second Soviet occupation. Captured by the Soviets on 24 October 1944.
  3. ^ Resigned on 4 December 1995 due to a disagreement with the Minister of Defence.
  4. ^ Was requested to make a resignation by the head of state, head of government and the Minister of Defence, but refused.[1] Impeached by the President of the Republic on 30 June 2000.[2]
  5. ^ Requested to be resigned to enter politics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KKindral Johannes Kert jääb kaitseväe juhiks". epl.delfi.ee. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  2. ^ "Johannes Kert: "Ma isegi ei tea, kes just praegu olen!"". epl.delfi.ee. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  3. ^ "Johannes Kerdi vabastamine ja Aarne Ermuse nimetamine". www.riigiteataja.ee. Retrieved 2018-01-19.