Govt approves mega reforms in Army


Preparing Army for future wars

229 officers will move out to field formations.

A new Dy Chief of Army Staff (Strategy) will be appointed.

He will handle all operational and force planning issues.

Military Operations, Military Intelligence, Strategic Planning

and Operational Logistics wings will report to him.

A Director General will head Information Warfare (IW) wing.

Offices of Deputy Chief of Army staff (planning and system) and Master Guard Ordnance (MGO) to be merged into one office of Capability Development and Sustenance.

Director General (capability development) to deal acquisitions.

Director General (sustenance) to deal with expenditure.

Army commander of training command ARTRAC to be single point adviser to the Army Chief on all training issues.

A Major General to head Vigilance Department and other human rights as part of the move to bring transparency and probity.

IN A major move, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the first batch of reforms in the Army which include relocation of 229 officers from the Army headquarters, creation of a new post of Deputy Chief for military operations and strategic planning, and setting up new wings for vigilance and human rights issues, official sources said on Thursday. The move came as per the recommendations of a panel formed last year to reorganise the nerve centre of the force to make it more agile, lethal and network-oriented to face future wars.

Finalised after 12 independent studies, the transformative reforms in the Army are being implemented to make the 1.3 million-strong force leaner and meaner as well as to enhance its combat capabilities.

The Defence Minister has approved the first batch of long-pending reform measures in the Army, the sources said.


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