Born in 1941 (E.C) at Harar, the middle one of a family of three children, Getachew attended Medhane Alem Comprehensive Secondary School. He was good in studies in addition to being interested in such hobbies as hunting and photography. Keen on visiting Jerusalem in Israel. He plans to marry in due course a girl of gentle disposition with homely qualities. He ardently hopes to achieve distinction in the Armed Forces.