Meet New CDS of India: Lt General Anil Chauhan

New Chief of Defence Staff Appointed

The Indian government names retired Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan as chief of the defence staff (CDS). The next Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) will be Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan (Retired) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, who will also serve as Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Military Affairs, starting on the day he assumes responsibility and continuing until further orders.

New CDS of India

Lt Gen Anil Chauhan, who has had a career spanning almost 40 years, has held a number of commands, staff, and instrumental positions and has vast experience in counterinsurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East India.

New CDS of India

New CDS of India

Lt Gen Anil Chauhan, who was born on May 18th, 1961, joined the 11 Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army in 1981. He graduated from both the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun and the National Defense Academy in Khadakwasla. The leader, who had the rank of Major General, oversaw an Infantry Division in Northern Command’s crucial Baramula area.

He later oversaw a corps in the North East while serving as a lieutenant general. From September 2019 until his retirement from the military in May 2021, he served as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command.

New CDS of India

The officer held significant staff positions, including the position of Director General of Military Operations, in addition to these leadership postings. The officer had previously worked for a UN mission in Angola.

On May 31, 2021, the officer retired from the Indian Army. He kept making contributions to strategic and national security issues even after leaving the Army. Lt. General Anil Chauhan (Retired) received the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, and Vishisht Seva Medal for his honourable and outstanding service in the Army.

New CDS of India After Rawat

General Bipin Rawat was an Indian military officer and a four-star general of the Indian Army. He lived from 16 March 1958 to 8 December 2021. General led the Indian Armed Forces as their first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) from January 2020 until his demise in a helicopter crash in December 2021. He formerly held the positions of 26th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army and 57th Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (Chairman COSC) of the Indian Armed Forces.

Who are a CDS (Chief of Defence Staff)?

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Indian Armed Forces is in charge of the military and serves as the permanent chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC). The Chief of Defence Staff serves as the Minister of Defence’s top military advisor and is the highest-ranking uniformed officer on active service in the Indian military.

The Department of Military Affairs is overseen by the Chief as well. Moreover, a vice-chief named the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff assists the CDS.