Important Things you Should Know About Next Indian Army Chief
Hello Defence Lovers, Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane is set to become the next chief of the Indian Army on December 31, 2019. Lt Gen Naravane is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Army.With this article we will talk about some Important things about him that have paved the royal road for the highly envied position he will be holding.
- An alumnus of the Indian Military Academy and the National Defence Academy, Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane is a highly suitable pick for the post he will be holding in several regards.
- In his 37 years of service, Lt Gen Naravane has served in numerous command and staff appointments in peace, field and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.
- After Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane takes over as India’s next army chief in two weeks, the three serving military chiefs will have two things in common -- they are course mates from the Khadakwasla-based National Defence Academy (NDA), and their fathers served in the Indian Air Force (IAF). Both points of commonality are rare, particularly the IAF lineage
- It’s remarkable that the three chiefs are from IAF families. Since they spent their childhoods in the same air force environment, they are certainly going to get along very well. And they will have high regard for IAF
- 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 and had served as India's defence attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.
- Lt Gen Naravane 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.
- He is the recipient of the Sena Medal which was given to him for effectively commanding the battalion under him in Jammu and Kashmir. He also received the Visishta Seva Medal for his services as the Inspector General of the Assam Rifles in Nagaland. He holds the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in praise of his efficient commanding of strike corps.
- Next to Bipin Rawat, he is now the senior-most officer in the Indian army. In selecting Manoj Mukund Naravane for this highest post in the Indian army, the government has followed the method of naming the senior-most person next to the existing chief.
- During earlier nominations for the post, the governments of those times chose the new chiefs from a group of top officers, clearly overlooking the seniority.
- Matters related to China are becoming crucially important for the Indian army more than any time in the past. Notably, Manoj Mukund Naravane has a wealth of knowledge about China matters. For so long, he had been commanding the forces guarding a significant portion of the Indo-China border.
- He is taking charge during the time when a massive modernization program is underway in all the three wings of the army and every wing is battling for its luck to get the lion’s share of the government’s funding.