|Born||27 November 1953|
Sandla, Pihtla Parish, Estonia
|Service/||Estonian Defence Forces|
|Years of service||1993–2006|
|Commands held||Commander of the Defence Forces|
Director General of the Estonian Border Guard
|Awards|| 2nd Class of the Order of the Cross of the Eagle|
2nd Class of the Order of the National Coat of Arms
Kõuts graduated from Tallinn Maritime School in 1973 and from Kaliningrad Technical Institute in 1985. From 1973 to 1990 he worked in various positions in the Estonian Shipping Company. He served as the rector of Estonian Maritime Academy from 1990 to 1993 and as the director-general of Estonian Border Guard from 1993 to 2000.
In September 2000 Rear Admiral Kõuts was appointed commander of the Estonian Defence Forces. Having been promoted to the rank of vice admiral in 2002, Kõuts retained the position until 2006, when he stepped down to move into politics. He joined the right-wing Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica and successfully ran for a seat in the parliament in the 2007 elections.
Effective dates of promotion
|Captain (Navy) (Mereväekapten)||30 December 1993|
|Rear Admiral (Kontradmiral)||19 June 1998|
|Vice Admiral (Viitseadmiral)||20 February 2002|
- "22. Sõjaväeliste auastmete andmine". Office of the President. 30 December 1993. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- "38.Sõjaväeliste auastmete andmine". Office of the President. 19 June 1998. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
- "T. Kõutsile sõjaväelise auastme andmine". Riigi Teataja. 20 February 2002. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
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