Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane will be the next Chief of Army Staff leading the 1.3 million-strong force. He is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Army. Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat is due to retire on December 31 after a three-year stint. He is expected to be selected as the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff.

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Before taking charge as vice chief of the Army Staff in September, Lt Gen Naravane was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India’s nearly 4,000-km border with China.

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In his 37 years of service, Lt Gen Naravane has served in numerous command and staff appointments in peace, field and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.

He has also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front.

He was also part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and had served as India’s defence attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.

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Lt Gen Naravane is a highly decorated officer He has been awarded the ‘Sena Medal’ (Distinguished) for command of his Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir. He was also a recipient of ‘Ati Vishisht Seva Medal’ for command of a prestigious Strike Corps and ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland. Lt Gen Naravane was also honoured with ‘Param Vishisht Seva Medal’ for his distinguished services as the GOC-in-C of the Army Training Command.

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Veena Naravane (Regional President, Army Wives’ Welfare Association of the Eastern Command).

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Profession Lieutenant-General
Physical Stats & More
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt and Pepper (Black and White)

Defence Services

Service/Branch Indian Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Service Years 1980 onwards
Unit General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command (sworn in on 1 October 2018)
Awards, Honours, Achievements • Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 2019

• Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 2017

• Sena Medal, 2015

• Vishisht Seva Medal, 2015

Personal Life
Date of Birth Not Known
Age 49
Birthplace Not Known
Nationality Indian
Hometown Not Known
School Jnana Prabodhini Prashala, Pune
College Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore
Educational Qualification M.Phil in Defence and Management Studies
Religion Hinduism
Hobbies Painting, Doing yoga and Gardening
Controversy As per tradition, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Delhi Area, a Lt General-rank officer, escort the Prime Minister to the dais, stands behind him as he delivers his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of Red Fort, and escorts him back to his seat. But on Independence Day in 2017, Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane did not stand behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he delivered his speech. After escorting Modi to the dais, Naravane returned to his seat in the audience. At the end of the speech, Naravane got up to escort Modi back from the dais.

Relationships & More


Marital Status Married
Marriage Date Not Known


Wife Veena Naravane (Regional President, Army Wives’ Welfare Association of the Eastern Command)
Children Son– None
• Isha (performing artist)
• Amala (PR Consultant in Singapore)
Parents Father– Name Not Known
Mother– Name Not Known
Siblings Brother– Not Known
Sister– Not Known
Money Factor
Salary (as a Lieutenant General) 79,000 pm. with 3% increment every year.

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