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The professional head of the army is the Commander of the Army, at present Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya.[1] He is assisted by the Chief of Staff of the Army, currently Major General G.A Chandrasiri.[2] The Commandant of the Volunteer Force is head of the Army Volunteer Force and is responsible for the administration and recruitment of all reserve units and personal. The Army Headquarters, situated in Colombo is the main administrative and the operational headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army.

Organized and controlled by the Army General Staff at Army HQ, various formations are raised from time to time to suit various security requirements and operation in the country and overs seas. The Army at present has deployed 12 Divisions, 7 task forces and several independent brigades. Except for the 11 Division based at the Panagoda Cantonment which is responsible for the maintenance of capability for the defence of the capital, all other divisions, task forces and brigades are deployed for operations in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, coming under six regional commands known as Security Forces Headquarters, which are the Security Forces Headquarters Jaffna (SFHQ-J), Wanni (SFHQ-W), East (SFHQ-E), Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN), Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) & South (SFHQ-S)

Each SFHQ and most divisions are commanded by a General Officer Commanding in the rank of Major General. A SFHQ has several divisions under its command and each division is further divided into brigades. Each brigade is commanded by an officer in the rank of Brigadier and has a number of Infantry battalions, support arms (Artillery, Engineers and Signals) and support services (Service Corps, Engineering Services, Ordnance Corps, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers) under assigned to it. There are also several independent brigade (Air Mobile Brigade, Armored Brigade, etc.)

In other parts of the country, there are Area and Sub-Area Headquarters. Armour, Artillery, Engineers and Signals Units are grouped under Brigade Headquarters of their own arm; Armored Brigade, Artillery Brigade and so on.

Following is a list of all combat formations and their commands of the Sri Lanka Army.

Security Forces HeadquartersEdit


Security Forces Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J)
Security Forces Headquarters - Wanni (SFHQ-W) [3]
Security Forces Headquarters - East (SFHQ-E)
Security Forces Headquarters - Kilinochchi (SFHQ-KLN)[3][6]
Security Forces Headquarters - Mullaittivu (SFHQ-MLT) [3]
Security Forces Headquarters - South (SFHQ-S)[7][8]
  • 11 Division, based at the Panagoda Cantonment, Western Province
  • Operation Command Colombo, Colombo
  • Area Headquarters Kandy, Kandy
  • Area Headquarters Hambantota, Hambantota
  • Area Headquarters Galle, Galle
  • Area Headquarters Diyatalawa, Diyatalawa
  • Sub Area Headquarters Ratnapura, Ratnapura
  • Sub Area Headquarters Kurunegala, Kurunegala

Independent unitsEdit




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