Lieutenant General Manoj Pande to be India’s next Army chief

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande will take over the office by this month-end as current incumbent General MM Naravane meets his retirement on 30th April.

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Today, the prestigious position of the Indian Army Chief has been filled by Lieutenant General Manoj Pande. He is the 1st officer from the Corps of Engineers to take up the post of the Chief of Army Staff. Up till today, this post was offered to officers from the Infantry Armoured and Artillery corps.

Lieutenant General Manoj Pande will take over the office by this month-end as current incumbent General MM Naravane meets his retirement on 30th April. More so Lieutenant General Manoj Pande is the most senior official after General Naravane. Lieutenant General Manoj Pande is an alumnus of the National Defense Academy and was deployed into the Corps of Engineers in the year 1982 in December. He has a staggering military line of duty spanning 4 decades and has presided as a commanding officer to an infantry brigade alongside the LOC and currently reigns over the Eastern Command.

 

He secured the position of the senior-most official after 3 previous incumbents had retired in the last 3 months. On March 31st Lieutenant General Raj Shukla took his retirement, he was looking over the Army’s Training Command. On January 31st both Lieutenant Generals CP Mohanty and YK Joshi took to retirement. March end after Lt Gen. Raj Shukla took to retirement, which also saw Lieutenant General SS Mahal taking office as the Army’s Training Command in Shimla.

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