Meet Gen. Bipin Rawat, the newest and the first Chief of Defence staff in India
Bipin Rawatis set to take oath as India’s first Chief of Defence staff.
- Before this, he served full three-year terms as the Indian
Army Chiefafter he superseded two officers in 2016.
- Rawat had also served as the Vice Chief of Army Staff for a brief period from September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
Rawat had also served as the Vice Chief of Army Staff for a brief period from September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
An alumnus of St. Edward School, Shimla, the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Rawat was commissioned into the 5th battalion of the Eleven Gorkha Rifles in 1978.
Counter insurgency specialist and high altitude warfare experience.
Rawat was well known for his experience in high altitude warfare and counter-insurgency operations. He led an infantry battalion along the Line of Actual Control ( a line that separates Indian territory with that of China in Jammu and Kashmir) in the eastern sector; an infantry division in the Kashmir Valley; and a Corps in the Eastern theatre and the Southern Command. He was also a part of instructional appointments at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and at Army War College, Mhow.
As the Chief of Army Staff, Rawat brought about many reforms such as bringing in leaner combat formations. He implemented integrated battle groups — a self-sustaining combat formation equivalent to the size of a brigade — to rapidly mobilize operations.
Rawat along with former Defence Minister
He had also pursued M. Phil in Defence Studies from Madras University- and received his Ph. D in military media strategic studies from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. The maverick also has a diploma in management and computer studies.
He even authored authored numerous articles on ‘National Security’ and ‘Leadership’.
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