How Jair Bolsonaro’s military career came to an end

jair bolsonaro military career
Jair Bolsonaro as a cadet

Documents once labeled as “secret” by the National Information Service (SNI) shed light on Jair Bolsonaro’s military career. Thirty years ago, the captain was tried twice – in different cases – by the Army’s Justification Council, a sort of discipline hearing committee designed to judge the conduct of its officials.

The first case revolves around an op-ed he published in Veja magazine in 1986, criticizing “low salaries for the military.” He counters information published by the media at the time that dozens of cadets had been dismissed for “sodomy, drug use, and even indiscipline,” saying that the reason was a...

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