Army to have common uniform for officers of Brigadier, above ranks from August 1
9 May, 2023 | Pragati Singh
The changes will be implemented from August 1 this year.
In an effort to eliminate uniform differences for officers of Brigadier and higher, the Indian Army has decided to adopt a common uniform regardless of parent cadre or appointment. According to official sources, the move is intended to foster a common identity and approach in service matters among senior leadership that extends beyond regimentation.
“This will also reinforce the Indian Army’s character to be a fair and equitable organisation. The decision was taken after detailed deliberations during the recently concluded Army Commanders Conference and extensive consultations with all stakeholders,” they said.
“The changes will be implemented from August 1 this year. There is no change to the uniform worn by Colonels and below-rank officers of the Indian Army,” they added.
According to sources, the move is intended to promote and strengthen senior leadership’s common identity and approach in service matters beyond the boundaries of regimentation.
There would be a uniform for Brigadier and higher rank officers, regardless of parent cadre or appointment.
“The headgear, shoulder rank badges, gorget patches, belts and shoes of senior officers of flag rank (Brigadier and above) will now be standardised and common. The flag-rank officers will now not wear any lanyards,” they said.
“A standard uniform will ensure a common identity for all senior-rank officers while reflecting the true ethos of the Indian Army,” sources explained.