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Lt General Manoj Mukund: The Next Army Chief

Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane is set to become the next chief of the Indian army. The three-year tenure of the current Army Chief Bipin Rawat ends on December 31 as he retires. However, GoI is yet to announce the name of the first Chief of Defence Staff as announced by PM Modi in his Independence Day address. The CDS is considered as one of the biggest reforms of Indian military as he will be the head of all three services and will possess nuclear arsenal powers.

About Lt General Navarne

Lt Gen Navarne is the current Vice Chief of the Army. He is nw heading the Eastern Command of the army that guards India’s 4,000 km border with China. He has also commanded infantry brigades in the eastern front and Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in J&K. He was a special appointee to give orders to the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in 1980.

Medals and Honors

The General has benn honored with “Sena Medal” for effectively commanding his J&K battalion. He was also awarded with “Vishisht Seva Medal” for his services in leading the Assam Rifles in Nagaland. He is also the recipient of “Ati Vishisht Seva Medal” for commanding prestigious strike corps.

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Women to get 20% jobs in Military Police

The Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced the decision to induct women in Personnel Below Officer Rank, PBOR, role in Corps of Military Police.

The women will be inducted in a graded manner to eventually comprise 20% of total Corps of Military Police. Accordingly, the Army chalked out induction of approximately 800 women in military police with a yearly intake of 52 personnel per year.

Military Police

Military Police are the corps responsible for the enforcing discipline and the maintenance of law and order in the military environment and for military purposes.

The functions of the Military Police includes policing cantonments and Army establishments, preventing a breach of rules and regulations by soldiers, maintaining movement of soldiers as well as logistics during peace and war, handling prisoners of war and extending aid to civil police whenever required.

Role of Women in Military Police

The announcement is seen as a precursor for allowing the women in combat roles. Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had earlier said that the process to allow women in a combat role, currently, an exclusive domain of men was moving fast and initially, women will be recruited for positions in the military police.

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