Indian army:

In terms of numbers, the Indian Army ranks fourth in the world. The Chief of the Army Staff controls the administrative and strategic operations of the Indian Army. The army is mostly considered to be the army, it is also right because the army has the first and main place in the defense line. At present, about 13 lakh soldiers and civilians are working in different positions in the army, while in 1948 there were about 2,00,000 soldiers in the army. The headquarters of the Army is in New Delhi.

The Chief of Army Staff is assisted by the Vice Chief of the Army Staff and the Chief of Staff. These include the Deputy Chief of Army Staff, the Adjutant-General, the Quartermaster-General, the Master-General of the Ordnance, and the Army Secretary and Engineer-in-Chief.

The Army is organized into 7 commands:-

Command/Area The headquarters
Northern Udhampur
Southern Pune
Intermediate Lucknow
Eastern Kolkata
Western Chandi Mandir, Chandigarh
Training Shimla
South-West Jaipur

The South Western Command was formed on 15 April 2005. Its headquarter has been established in Jaipur. It is the largest command of the Army.

List of Army Chiefs and their tenure since 1955:

Names of chiefs of indian army Tenure Medal
General Maharaj Rajendra Singh 1 April 1955 to 14 May 1955 D.S.O.
General M. M. Srinagesh 15 May 1955 to 7 May 1957
General K. S . Thimayya 8 May 1957 to 7 May 1961 Padma Vibhushan, DSO, ADC
General R. N. Thapar 8 May 1961 to 19 November 1962
General J. N. Chieftain 20 November 1962 to 7 June 1966 Padma Vibhushan, OBE
General P. P . Kumaramangalam 8 June 1966 to 7 June 1969 Padma Vibhushan, DSO, MBE
General S. H. F . J. Maneksha 8 June 1969 to 31 December 1972 Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Military Cross
Field Marshal S. H. F . J. Maneksha 1 January 1973 to 14 January 1973 Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Military Cross
General JJ Weber 15 January 1973 to 31 May 1975 Param Vishisht Seva Medal
General T N Raina 1 June 1975 to 31 May 1978 Padma Bhushan, Mahavir Chakra
General O P Malhotra 1 June 1978 to 31 May 1981 Param Vishisht Seva Medal
General KV Krishna Rao 1 June 1981 to 31 July 1983 Param Vishisht Seva Medal
General A S Vaidya 1 August 1983 to 31 January 1986 Padma Vibhushan, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Maha Vir Chakra (Bar), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
General's handsome 1 February 1986 to 30 April 1988 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, ADC
General V N Sharma 1 May 1988 to 30 June 1990 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, ADC
General SF Rodrigues 1 July 1990 to 30 June 1993 Param Vishisht Seva Medal Vishisht Seva Medal
General B C Joshi 1 July 1993 to 18 November 1994 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, ADC
General S Roy Chowdhury 22 November 1994 to 30 September 1997 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, ADC
Gen V P Malik 1 October 1997 to 30 September 2000 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, AVSM, ADC
General Sundararajan Padmanabhan 1 October 2000 to 31 December 2002 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, ADC
General Nirmal Chandra Vij 1 Jan 2003 to 31 Jan 2005 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
General Joginder Jaswant Singh 31 January 2005 to 30 September 2007 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, ADC
General Deepak Kapoor 30 September 2007 to 31 March 2010 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, SM, Vishisht Seva Medal, ADC
General Vijay Kumar Singh 31 March 2010 to 31 May 2012 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, ADC
General Bikram Singh 1 June 2012 to 31 July 2014 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, ADC
General Dalveer Singh Suhag 31 July 2014 to 31 December 2016 Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal
General Vipin Rawat 31 December 2016 to 31 December 2019 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal
General Manoj Mukund Naravane December 31, 2019 till date

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