Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane is going to become the next Chief of the Indian Army, official sources said on Monday. Lt Gen Naravane is currently the Vice Chief of the Army. He would be the 28th Chief of the Indian Army in the post-independence era.
In his 37 years of service, Lt Gen Naravane has served in numerous command and staff appointments in peace, field and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast.
Lt Gen Naravane is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Military Academy (IMA). He was appointed as Vice Chief of Army Staff on September 1, 2019. He served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOCC), Army Training Command from December 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Before taking charge as Vice Chief in September, Lt Gen Naravane was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India’s nearly 4,000-km border with China.
He has also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu & Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front. He has also been a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and has also served as India’s Defence Attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.
In June 1980, he was commissioned into the 7th Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment. He has a long experience with counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East area.
Army Chief Bipin Rawat is due for retirement on December 31, 2019.