Tarmo Kõuts

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Tarmo Kõuts
Tarmo Kõuts.jpg
Tarmo Kõuts
Born (1953-11-27) 27 November 1953 (age 65)
Sandla, Pihtla Parish, Estonia
Allegiance Estonia
Service/branch Estonian Defence Forces
Years of service1993–2006
RankMereväeviitseadmiral.png Vice admiral
Commands heldCommander of the Defence Forces

Director General of the Estonian Border Guard

Rector of the Estonian Maritime Academy
AwardsEST Order of the Cross of the Eagle 2nd Class BAR.png 2nd Class of the Order of the Cross of the Eagle

EST Order of the National Coat of Arms - 2nd Class BAR.png 2nd Class of the Order of the National Coat of Arms
ITA OMRI 2001 GC BAR.svg Knight Grand Cross of Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
Den kongelige norske fortjenstorden storkors stripe.svg Grand Cross of the Norwegian Order of Merit
LVA Order of Viesturs (swords).png 1st Class of the Order of Viesturs
FIN Order of the Lion of Finland 1Class BAR.png Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of Finland
LTU Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas - Commander's Grand Cross BAR.png Commander's Grand Cross of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas
PRT Order of Prince Henry - Grand Cross BAR.png Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry

SDSC.JPG State of Maryland Distinguished Service Cross

Tarmo Kõuts (born 27 November 1953 in Sandla, Pihtla Parish, Saaremaa) is an Estonian politician and former Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces.

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[edit]

Estonian Army[edit]

See Military ranks of Estonia
Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
Mereväekapten.png Captain (Navy) (Mereväekapten) 30 December 1993[1]
Mereväekontraadmiral.png Rear Admiral (Kontradmiral) 19 June 1998[2]
Mereväeviitseadmiral.png Vice Admiral (Viitseadmiral)  20 February 2002[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "22. Sõjaväeliste auastmete andmine". Office of the President. 30 December 1993. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  2. ^ "38.Sõjaväeliste auastmete andmine". Office of the President. 19 June 1998. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ "T. Kõutsile sõjaväelise auastme andmine". Riigi Teataja. 20 February 2002. Retrieved 4 August 2016.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Helmut Kanter
Rector of the Estonian Maritime Academy
1990-1993
Succeeded by
Valdur Aret
Preceded by
Andrus Öövel
Director General of the Estonian Border Guard
1993-2000
Succeeded by
Harry Hein
Preceded by
Johannes Kert
Commander of the Defence Forces
2000–2006
Succeeded by
Ants Laaneots