By the Way

By the way : From Colonel to Major General

Indian-Army-major-generalTHE Indian Army is in the process of restructuring its officer cadre by doing away with the rank of Brigadier to ensure better career prospects and parity with the civil services. Sources disclosed that the force would like to cut down the number of its ranks from nine to six or seven. The civil services have just six designations or ranks. While armed forces stuck to their colonial rank structures, the civil services and the IPS have proliferated their higher ranks to meet aspirations of their cadres. According to senior officers, “the multiplier impact of this has led to systematic degradation of the ranks in the armed forces as well as lower pay scales.” The over 12-lakh strong Indian Army has about 42,000 officers at present. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has ordered a high-level committee headed by the Military Secretary, a Lt-General rank officer, to study all aspects of the officer cadre restructuring and submit a report by November-end. “The proposal to abolish the Brigadier rank is just a proposal as of now. It requires comprehensive analysis before a final decision is taken. All modern armies routinely undertake such studies to remain dynamic and effective. An internal paper on cadre review also says that the rank of Lieutenant should be assigned to its “gentlemen cadets” in their last year of training at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. Consequently, officers on being commissioned into the Army should directly get the rank of Captain instead of first becoming Lieutenants. With the rank of Brigadier being abolished, the paper says, Colonels who are approved for the next rank should become Major-Generals and command brigades (which have three battalions of 800-1,000 soldiers each). Senior Major-Generals, in turn, will command divisions (each has three brigades). In bureaucratic parallel, Colonels and Brigadiers who enjoy the rank of Director will be upgraded to Joint Secretary level once they are promoted as Major Generals. gfiles end logo

VOL. 12 | ISSUE 7 | OCT 2018
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

To Top
Latest Articles
close slider

Lastest Articles

 
From the Editor : Anil Tyagi
 
Corruption : From Raj to Rafale 2 – The Thug of Bombay
 
IL&FS SCAM : Ravi Parthasarathy : The New Robber Baron
 
Cover Story : The House of Cards Ravi Built
 
Governance : Massive Army, Miniscule Spending
 
Governance : UN-MADE IN INDIA
 
Governance : An army of scare crows
 
Governance : Short sighted smugness
 
Governance : Oil & Gas-Why settle for ‘Sell in India’, when you can ‘Make in India!’
 
Governance : ROYALTY ‘Rules’
 
First Stirrings : Black thunder, silver lightning
 
Bric a brac : Dil hai ki…
 
Bric a brac : Electoral master plan
 
Bric a brac : Anti-Rafale axis of power
 
Bric a brac : From Dubai with love
 
By the way : CBI; ragging parrot
 
By the way : Raju, Russia and Rafale
 
By the way : RBI in GST cauldron
 
By the way : From Colonel to Major General