Milinda Peiris

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Major General Milinda Peiris RWP, RSP, USP, ndc, psc
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Allegiance Sri Lanka
Service/branch Sri Lanka Army Armoured Corps
Years of service 1980 - 2016
Rank Major General
Unit Sri Lanka Armoured Corps
Commands held Chief of Staff (COS) of the Sri Lanka Army
Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
Battles/wars Sri Lankan Civil War Omanthai and Valachchainai
Awards RWP, RSP, USP, ndc, psc
Other work Vice Chancellor of KDU

Major General (retd.) Milinda Peiris, RWP, RSP, USP, ndc, psc, is the former Chief of Staff (COS) of the Sri Lanka Army.[1][2][3]

He is also the Vice Chancellor / Commandant of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU). Major General Peiris also commanded the 5th Regiment of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps with distinction.


Milinda received his education from Nalanda College, Colombo and was a Senior Cadet and Scout at school. Some of his contemporaries at Nalanda are Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala, Major General Ubaya Madawela, Major General Janaka Walgama, Consultant Neurologist Udaya Ranawaka & former Sri Lanka test cricketer Sanath Kaluperuma.[4]

He is a graduate of University of Delhi India holding a Master of Philosophy in Philosophy, National Defence College (India) New Delhi, Defence Services Command And Staff College Bangladesh and United States Army Armor School Kentucky, USA. Also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Open University of Sri Lanka and a Diploma in Senior Level Defense Management in University of Indore, India.

Military career[edit]

After schooling at Nalanda, Milinda joined the Sri Lanka Army an Officer cadet in 1980. After his basic training at the Officers Training School in Madras, India he was commissioned in to the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment Sri Lanka Armoured Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Since then he has held vital and important appointments in the Army commensurate with each rank. He was the commander of 22 division Trincomalee during the liberation of the east by the security forces. Major General Milinda, held the position of Director Operations at the Joint Operations Headquarters and was later appointed as the Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché for Sri Lanka in the United States of America.[5][6][7]

He is also a recipient of the Legion of Merit (LOM) Commander Degree which is a military decoration of United States armed forces awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements and for foreign Military attachés based in the US.

Major General Milinda was also the President of General Court Martial (GCM) and one time Military Secretary (Sri Lanka).[8][9]