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Army uniform for officers of Brigadier rank

  • Published
    10th May, 2023
Context
  • The Indian Army decided to adopt common uniform for officers of Brigadier rank and above.

Key highlights:

  • The move aims to promote and strengthen a common identity and approach in service matters among the force’s senior leadership, moving beyond the boundaries of regimentation.
  • The Army has decided to adopt a common uniform for officers of the Brigadier rank and above irrespective of the parent cadre and appointment, in a move aimed at promoting and strengthening a common identity and approach in service matters among the force’s senior leadership, moving beyond the boundaries of regimentation.
  • The decision was taken after detailed deliberations during the recently concluded Army Commanders’ Conference and extensive consultations with all stakeholders.
  • The change entails that the headgear, shoulder rank badges, gorget patches (worn on collars), belts and shoes of senior officers of flag rank (Brigadier and above) will now be standardised and common.
  • Flag-rank officers will now not wear any lanyard.
  • At present, different types of uniforms and accoutrements have specific associations to the respective arms, regiments and services in the Army.
  • However, in the Army, officers of the rank of Brigadier and above have completed appointments where they commanded units or battalions and are mostly posted at headquarters or other establishments of the Army where officers from all Arms and Services work together.

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