Uniform of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

As Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat will be in a new role and his uniform will also be different. Although the colour of his uniform will remain olive green, there will be significant changes in the representation of the three parts of the Indian Armed Forces.

According to Indian Army, on the shoulder of the CDS uniform, there will be a brown patch with golden ranks to represent the three parts of the Indian Armed Forces.

The cap of CDS will also be different. In this, the three parts of the Indian Armed Forces will be shown through the badges. There will not any swords and batons or stars that give rank recognition on the shoulder. There will also be no waistband in CDS uniform. The purpose to show ‘Service Neutral Representation’ behind it.

There will be an Ashoka insignia on the shoulder rank, which will have two swords, Garuda and Anchor which will represent the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. The Ashoka insignia with sword, garuda and anchor has been the logo of the Integrated Defense Staff till now. The CDS belt will also have the same logo.

The source said, ‘The idea is that CDS uniforms should have symbols representing all the three parts of the Indian Armed Forces. The symbols of any service or regiment will not be on the uniform.

The 4 stars found on the collar of the heads of all the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces will also not be in the CDS uniform as they represent the service. Service ribbons will remain on the chest as before.

It is not yet clear whether there will be a flag representing the three armed forces in the CDS office. The offices of the heads of the three armed forces carry their service flag.

General Rawat’s residence will be ‘3, Kamaraj Marg’ in Delhi. CDS will be the fifth secretary in the Ministry of Defense. As of now, the Ministry has Department of Defense, Department of Defense Production, Department of Defense Research and Development and Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare.

According to the notification, the CDS-led Defense Military Affairs (DMA) department will promote coordination through the joint planning and supply of weapons and equipment, training and staffing according to the needs of the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces.

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