A Look Into The Uniform Of Chief Of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat
Here is how the uniform of Chief Of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat look like. The CDS will be the “first among equals” with respect to the three service chiefs, all four star officers themselves who will retain the operational command of their respective forces.
The post of CDS was formally established on December 24 and releasing the charter and duties of the CDS the government said that the post would be occupied by a four-star officer from the Indian defence service.
The uniform will not have any lanyards, as worn by military personnel, but the collar tabs will have four stars and a wreath displaying the officer’s rank.
Tri-services institutions generally use the maroon colour to represent them, and sources in the Army told that the epaulettes on the CDS’s attire will have a maroon patch with the officer’s rank in golden colour, a button, and an Ashokan Lion Capital and tri-services insignia in a wreath. This tri-services insignia will replace the conventional star, crossed sword and baton on epaulettes worn by general officers of the Army.
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The CDS’s peak caps will also have a badge with the tri-services insignia in a wreath, replacing the conventional service badge.
The tri-services insignia will be there on the belt buckle too. While the regimental badge continues to be on belts of all Army officers, Air Force and Navy officers wear their service insignia.
On the buttons of the CDS’s service dress, the tri-services insignia will replace the respective service insignia.
The car flag of the CDS will also be different with badges and accomplishments to represent the three services.
There will be no sword and baton or stars on the shoulder to signify the ranks. The CDS uniform will also not have a lanyard as the idea is to have service neutral representations
Moreover, the service ribbons will also remain the same.
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