General Bipin Rawat to be India’s First Chief of Defence Staff

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General Bipin Rawat has been appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). He will retire as the Chief of Indian Army on December 31 and will be succeeded by Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane.

On December 24, the Union Cabinet had approved the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The government announced that the CDS will be a four-star General and will also head the Department of Military Affairs, along with being the permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

The Chief of Defence will be Principal Military Adviser to Defence Minister and will work towards improving synergy between all three wings of the defense forces.  The CDS will also work as the permanent Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

General Rawat is an alumnus of the St. Edward School, Shimla, the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He was commissioned into Gorkha Regiment in December 1978. In his career spanning over 4 decades, he has led operations along LAC, in Kashmir, and in the Northeast, before being appointed as the Chief of Army Staff on December 31, 2016.

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