Lt Gen Manjinder Singh takes over as 24th GOC-in-C, Army Training Command

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Shimla: Lieutenant General Manjinder Singh took over as the 24th General Officer Commanding in Chief of the Shimla based Army Training Command on 01 December 2023, succeeding Lieutenant General Surinder Singh Mahal, who superannuated a day earlier, the army said in a statement.

Lieutenant General Manjinder Singh is an alumnus of Sainik School Kapurthala, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He was commissioned into 19 MADRAS on 20 December 1986.

The General Officer commanded his Battalion in an intense Counter Insurgency environment in J&K, an Infantry Brigade at the Line of Control, an Infantry Division as part of Strike Corps and a Corps deployed along Line of Control in Counter Insurgency Operations in J&K. The General Officer has tenanted varied staff appointments in Corps and Commands along the Western Front and in the Counter Insurgency Operations environment. The General Officer has also been an Instructor at Indian Military Academy and Indian Military Training Team at Bhutan. He has attended various prestigious courses such as Defence Services Staff College, Higher Command Course and also had the distinction of attending National Defence College at Thailand.

The General Officer is the COLONEL of THE MADRAS REGIMENT since 01 January 2021. He was the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Policy, Planning & Force Development) prior to taking over as the General Officer Commanding in Chief of Army Training Command.

In the prevalent contemporary security scenario and the nature of conflicts world over, the need to train and shape the Indian Army to make responsive and adaptive soldiers in line with evolving doctrines, concepts and more importantly, adopting the niche war fighting technologies to ensure operational readiness for future challenges is an imperative. The General Officer with his vast experience at tactical, operational and strategic level now aptly heads the prestigious Army Training Command bestowed with these responsibilities to lead the transformation.

For his exemplary leadership and devotion to duty towards the Nation, the General Officer was decorated with Yudh Seva Medal in 2015 and Vishist Seva Medal in 2019.

On assuming command, the General Officer extended his warmest greetings to all ranks of Army Training Command including all Category A Training Establishments, Veer Naris, Veterans, Civilian Defence Employees and their families.