Started the process of electing the next army chief of the country. Current Chief Bipin Rawat retires at the end of this year. Here, the process for evaluating the candidates for the next head has started. The name of the top five officers is being considered for this post. The old tradition has been that the senior-most officer was given this post. However, more recent elections have been held in recent times. Northern and Eastern Army Commander are being considered in the top five list. Both of them have great experience in military operations. It has good track record in anti-terrorist operations.
Lt Gen Mukund Sen will be the senior most officer
Lt Gen Mukund Narwana is now the Eastern Army Commander. On retirement of General Rawat, he will be the senior most officer in the Indian Army. Narwana, who is an officer of the Sikh Light Infantry, also took over the command of the National Rifles Battalion in Kashmir. He served in the Assam Rifles and has also been a defense attache in Myanmar. In December 2017 he was made the head of the training command of the Army. There were questions on this because it is considered as a post of less important, where there is no experience of a campaign. However, in September 2018, a game like a musical chairs were seen between the top army officers and sent to the sensitive Eastern Command in terms of operation. Many Army Chiefs have been Chief before this command.
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh's Career Record Great
The name of the Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh is associated with Surgical Strikes in Myanmar and Pak Authorized Kashmir. His career record is also fantastic. The government broke the leak in 2016 by making them the Director General of Military Operations, while they were approved to take charge of the core level formation.