Augusto Pinochet Ugarte: Mini Biography
Born on 26 November 1915 in the Pacific coastal port of Valparaiso, Chile. Pinochet's father is a customs official and his family middle-class.
1933 - He is accepted into the Chilean Escuela Militar (military school) for a four-year officers training course, graduating with the rank of sub-lieutenant in the infantry in 1936. By 1939 he has risen in rank to second lieutenant, becoming a full lieutenant in 1941.
1949 - Pinochet continues his studies at the Academia de Guerra (war academy), is designated a general staff officer in 1951 and transferred to the Escuela Militar in a supervisory role. He also teaches classes at the war academy.
1953 - Now a major, Pinochet is transferred for two years field duty on the northern coastal border with Peru. Here he is involved in a military clampdown on the Communist Party of Chile, commanding a detention camp and disbanding local communist unions.
1955 - He returns to the war academy in Santiago as a professor and begins to study law at the University of Chile, though his studies are suspended the following year when he is sent to Ecuador to help organise a military mission.
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