A Look Into The Uniform Of Chief Of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat

chief of defence staff uniform

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.

chief of defence staff shoulder 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.

cds peak cap

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.

uniform of cds india

On the buttons of the CDS’s service dress, the tri-services insignia will replace the respective service insignia.

cds uniform

The car flag of the CDS will also be different with badges and accomplishments to represent the three services.

chief of defence staff car flag

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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