Lt. Gen. B.S. Raju becomes Vice Chief of the Army Staff


The Army’s Director General of Military Operations, Lt General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju, has been appointed the Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

  • He replaced Lt Gen Manoj C Pande, who was appointed as the 29th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).
  • This is a rare instance where a three star officer took over as Vice Chief before serving tenure as an Army Commander.
  • As a practice in the Army, Vice Chiefs have for a long time been those who had already served as Army Commander.