Lt Gen JS Nain, AVSM, SM, 


Southern Command

Lt Gen JS Nain, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, is a highly decorated, experienced and accomplished General Officer.

An alumnus of Sainik School Kunjpura, National Defence Academy, Khadkwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, the General Officer was commissioned into the DOGRA Regiment (2 DOGRA) on 18 Jun 1983. He is a graduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and National Defence College, Dhaka (Bangladesh).

In his illustrious career spanning over 37 years, the General Officer has served across a wide spectrum of conflicts and terrain profiles. He has tenated numerous Command, Staff and Instructional appointments and has vast experience of Counter Insurgency operations in J&K and North East. He commanded his battalion on the Line of Control in High Altitude Terrain of Gurez Valley in Jammu & Kashmir & in a Strike Corps in Southern Comd, a Mountain Brigade in North East and thereafter the prestigious Dagger Division based at Baramulla, responsible for dominating the Line of Control in North Kashmir. Along the Western Front he has commanded the strategically important Rising Star Corps having an operational responsibility in developed and obstacle ridden terrain.

The General officer has been an instructor at Infantry School Mhow, Brigade Major of an Independent Mechanised Brigade, GSO-1 (Operations) of Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) and Brigadier Administration of a Command. The General Officer has rich experience of the Military Secretary’s Branch at various levels and he has played a pivotal role in formulation of a number of policies relating to effective career management of officers of the Indian Army. He also had the privilege of being the Chief of Staff of two operationally active commands. His overseas tenure includes being a Military Observer as part of the United Nation Mission.

Academically inclined, the General officer has researched extensively on Defence, Security & Geo strategy. He holds a Master’s degree in Defence Studies & in Management Studies from Madras University & Osmania University. The General officer is a keen sportsman and has special interest in Physical Fitness, Reading, Trekking and Nature exploration.

The General Officer is also the Colonel of The DOGRA Regiment.

His wife, Mrs Anita Nain, is a distinguished educationist with over 20 years of experience in teaching and grooming children. The lady is multi-faceted and has contributed effectively towards improving quality of life of families in the Army. The couple are blessed with two sons.


Lt Gen Anil Chauhan, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM GOC-in-C, Eastern Command

Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal took over as the GOC-in-C of the Eastern Command on   01 Sep 2019.

The General Officer was commissioned in Gorkha Rifles in June 1981.

The General Officer did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Fort William, Kolkata and is a graduate of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. He has done his M Phil (Defence and Strategic Studies) from Madras University. He is an alumnus of the prestigious NDC, New Delhi.

He commanded his battalion on the Line of Control, a brigade in the North East in Counter Insurgency environment, an Infantry Division in J&K, was GOC Spear Corps in Dimapur and has held the prestigious appointment of Director General Military Operations prior to assuming the appointment of GOC-in-C, Eastern Command.

The General Officer has had varied instructional and staff exposures which includes Instructor Class ‘C’ in IMTRAT, Bhutan, Director Faculty of Studies in Infantry School Mhow, GSO-1 (Ops), UNMO, in PP Dte, DDG Veterans in AG’s Br, COS HQ Chinar Corps and DG DC & W in Army HQs.

The General Officer is a recipient of Uttam Yudh Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Card, Vice Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Card and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (NC) Commendation Card.

Academically inclined, the General Officer has authored a book titled ‘Aftermath of A Nuclear Attack’ which was published in 2010. He has also authored the History of 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre while commanding the Regimental Centre. The General Officer also compiled the history of the Dagger Division which has been published as ‘Sagacious Sentinels’ in 2017. He in an avid reader of military history with a special interest in Tibet.

The General Officer is married to Mrs Anupama. Mrs Anupama is a post graduate and has done B.Ed. She is a fashion designer and a painter. She has taught and popularised Fabric Painting.

Lt Gen RP Singh, AVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Western Command

Lt Gen RP Singh, AVSM, VSM was commissioned into the Mechanised Infantry on 12 Jun 1982. An alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy, the General officer has attended the Defence Services Staff Course, Senior Command Course, Higher Command Course and the prestigious National Defence College.

The General officer has held various regimental, staff and instructional appointments. He has successfully tenated prestigious staff appts including Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade in intense Counter Insurgency areas in J&K, GSO-2, Military Intelligence Directorate at IHQ of MoD (Army), Col GS (Military Doctrine) at Army War College, Mhow, BGS (Ops) of a Comd in Western Theatre, ADG Discp & Vigilance, DG LWE & DG DC&W at IHQ of MoD (Army). He was Instructor at school of Armd Warfare Ahmednagar and was also posted as United Nations Military Observer in United Nations in Africa.

The General officer commanded a Mechanised Infantry Battalion, an Armoured Brigade and an Infantry Division in the Western Theatre. He is a proud recipient of the Ati Vishist Seva Medal & Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service.

Prior to moving to Western Command the General officer was the GOC of a Strike Corps. He has assumed the appointment of GOC-in-C, Western Command on 01 Aug 2019.



Lt Gen YK Joshi, UYSM, AVSM, VRC, SM  GOC-in-C, Northern Command

Lieutenant General YK Joshi, UYSM, AVSM, VrC, SM was commissioned into (Bravest of The Brave) on 12 Jun 1982 and later commanded the same unit. The General Officer is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and a postgradutate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He attended the prestigious National Defence College Course at New Delhi.

The General Officer has had command experience spanning the entire mosaic, covering all theatres. He commanded in Operation VIJAY and PARAKRAM. The General officer caught the attention of the nation during the Kargil war with his outstanding leadership under the nickname 'Joe' and led his unit to unprecedented success. In Operation VIJAY under his command the unit was awarded with a total of 37 gallantry awards including two PARAM VIR CHAKRA, eight VIR CHAKRA & fourteen SENA MEDAL. The unit has also been awarded with the Chief of Army Staff Unit Citation & the “Bravest of Brave” award. The General officer himself was awarded the “VIR CHAKRA” during his command in the operations. The General Officer has unique distinction of commanding an Infantry Brigade, Infantry Division and Corps in Ladakh Sector. He has also served as Director General, Infantry and was instrumental in catalyzing the modernization drive of the Infantry. He was The Chief of Staff, Northern Command before taking over the reigns of Northern Command as Army Commander on 01 Feb 2020.

The General Officer has had tenures as Instructor at Infantry School, Mhow and varied staff exposure, including Staff appointment at Military Operations Directorate and as Defence Attache to Beijing (China). He has also served as Military Observer in United Nations, Angola.

Lt Gen Raj Shukla, YSM, SM, GOC-in-C ARTRAC

A graduate of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy, Lieutenant General Raj Shukla was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery in December 1982. In a career spanning four decades, the officer has seen extensive service in the field-he commanded a Medium Regiment in the Eastern / Desert Theatres, an Infantry Brigade in Counter Insurgency Operations, an Infantry Division along the Line of Control in the Valley and a Pivot Corps along the Western Borders.

An alumni of the Defence Services Staff College Wellington, the College of Defence Management - Secunderabad and the National Defence College - New Delhi, the General Officer has served two tenures at the Military Operations Directorate dealing with Doctrines / Force Structuring and till recently was the Director General, Perspective Planning at Army HQ, addressing issues relating to Military Futures and Forces Modernisation. He has also been Commandant of the Indian Army’s prestigious training establishment and think tank - the Army War College.

The General Officer’s instructional assignments include tenures at  the Indian Military Training Team (IMTRAT), Bhutan, School of Artillery, Deolali, Senior Instructor at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Commander, Higher Command Wing, Army War College, Mhow.
An aviator, as also  a recipient of the Yudha Seva Medal and the Sena Medal, General Shukla has an abiding interest in strategic– military affairs. He has authored numerous articles / publications and lectured / participated in various seminars in India and abroad. 
The General Officer assumed the Command of Army Training Command (ARTRAC) wef 01 May 20.