Lt Gen BS Raju is the New Vice Chief of Army Staff

Lieutenant General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju has been named the next Vice Chief of Army Staff. On May 1, 2022, he will take over this post after General Manoj Pande.

On December 15, 1984, he was commissioned in the Jat Regiment as an alumnus of Sainik School Bijapur and the National Defence Academy.

During the standoff on the LAC, the Lieutenant General held the position of Director General Military Operations prior to becoming Vice Chief of the Army Staff.

During ‘Operation Parakram’ in the Western Theatre and in Jammu and Kashmir, he led his Battalion. He also commands the Uri brigade along the Line of Control, as well as a Counter-Insurgency Force and the Chinar Corps in the Kashmir Valley. The officer was also the Commandant of the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan.

Throughout his 38-year career, he has held numerous important regimental, staff, and instructional positions in the Army Head Quarters and in field formations, including Colonel Military Secretary Legal in the Military Secretary branch, Brigadier General Staff of the operationally active White Knight Corps, Deputy Director General Military Operations, and Director General Staff Duties.

Lt Gen Raju is a trained helicopter pilot who has flown missions in Somalia as part of UNOSOM II. He also serves as Colonel of the JAT Regiment.

He finished his NDC at the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom after attending all key career courses in India. He also has a renowned Master’s degree in Counter-Terrorism from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

He has received the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, and Yudh Seva Medal for his outstanding contributions to the military.