Published On: Mon, Dec 30th, 2019

General Bipin Rawat appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff

New Delhi: A day before he was to retire from service after completing a three-year term as Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

Outgoing Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.

The CDS will be a 4-star General and the principal military advisor for the Minister of Defence.

He will also head the new Department of Military Affairs to ensure jointness in logistics, training as well as procurement of the three armed services.

Born on March 16, 1958 in Pauri district of Uttarakhand, General Bipin Rawat hails from a family that had been serving the Indian Army for multiple generations.

An alumnus of St Edward School in Shimla, National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, and Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, General Rawat belongs to the Gorkha regiment.

General Rawat had received the Sword of Honour at IMA. He commanded an infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Eastern Sector, an infantry division in Kashmir and a corps in the Northeast.

He served the army at various functional levels for three decades. He was involved in the 1986 operations in the Eastern Sector facing China, was posted in militancy-infested Pulwama in the 19 Division, and successfully handled responsibilities in several operations in the Northeast.

On Sunday, the government also amended the rules of the Army, Navy and Air Force to allow a CDS to serve until the age of 65. Currently, the chiefs of the three service retire after either completing three years in office or once they reach the age of 62, whichever comes first.

According to the charter released by the government, the post of CDS would be occupied by a four-star officer from Indian Army, Indian Navy or Indian Air Force.

“The CDS will head the newly established Department of Military Affairs within the Ministry of Defence. Among the areas the CDS will focus on will be promoting jointness in procurement, training and staffing and facilitation the restructuring of military commands for optimal utilisation of resources,” the charter read.

Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane, currently the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, will take over as Army Chief after General Rawat completes his term on December 31.


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