NEXT ARMY CHIEF
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Government has decided to appoint the next Chief of the Army Staff.
Existing Army Chief:
- The existing army chief General Bipin Rawat’s term ends on December 31.
- Existing Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat would retire on December 31 after a three-year stint. He is selected as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff.
- The government decided and selected the next army chief as the successor of General Bipin Rawat.
Next Army Chief:
- Name: The next army chief will be “Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane”. He is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Army.
- The Chief of Army Staff would lead or head the 1.3 million army staff – one of the strong forces in the world.
- He is now serving as a vice chief of the Army Staff who took charge in the month of September.
- Lt Gen Naravane was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India’s nearly 4,000-km border with China.
- He has also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front.
- He was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation Pawan and had served as India’s defence attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.
- He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy.
- He was commissioned into the 7th battalion, the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980.
Following are the awards which was received by Lt Gen Naravane;
- Sena Medal: He received ‘Sena Medal’ (Distinguished) for effectively commanding his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Vishisht Seva Medal: He received ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland and the
- Ati Vishisht Seva Medal: He received this award for commanding of a prestigious strike corps.
About Chief of the Army Staff:
- The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) is the professional head, commander, and the highest-ranking military officer of the Indian Army.
- The position is always held by a full general.
- Appointment: Appointments to the office are made by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
- Tenure: The COAS reaches superannuation upon three years in the office or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.
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