Reginald Otto

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Reginald Otto
Reginald Otto.jpg
Nickname(s) Reg
Born (1943-07-09) 9 July 1943 (age 72)
Krugersdorp, Transvaal Province, Union of South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch  South African Army
Years of service 1960 – 1998
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held
Relations 'Kowie' Jacoba Otto (nee Kleynhans)

Lieutenant General Reginald Otto SD & Bar SM MMM (born Krugersdorp, 9 July 1943)[1] was a South African military commander, who held the post of Chief of the South African Army.[2]

Military Career[edit]

He joined the South African Army in 1962. After Officer training at the Army Gymnasium he was appointed a 2nd lieutenant in 1 Special Service Battalion. He became Officer Commanding of 1 Special Service Battalion in 1976. He also commanded the School of Armour from 11 January 1980 to 18 December 1983.[3]

He was promoted to Brigadier and OC Orange Free State Command.[4] He was later promoted to Major general and GOC Eastern Transvaal Command.[5]

Awards and Decorations[edit]

General Otto was awarded the following:

See also[edit]


Military offices
Preceded by
Hattingh Pretorius
Chief of the South African Army
1995 – 1998
Succeeded by
Gilbert Ramano
Preceded by
JPM 'Hans' Möller
GOC Eastern Transvaal Command
1992 – 1994
Succeeded by
Deon Ferreira
Preceded by
Willie Meyer
OC Orange Free State Command
1987 – 1992
Succeeded by
Andre Bestbier
Preceded by
AJ Snyman
OC School of Armour
1980 – 1983
Succeeded by
Alwyn van Niekerk
Preceded by
APR Carstens
1976 – 1979
Succeeded by
Bertie Botha