- A decision has been taken at the recent Army Commanders Conference that all officers of the rank of Brigadier and above — Major Generals, Lieutenant Generals, and General — will wear common uniform items irrespective of their regimental or corps affiliation.
- All officers of the rank of Brigadier, Maj General, Lt General, and General will now wear berets (caps) of the same colour, common badges of rank, a common belt buckle, and a common pattern of shoes.
What they cannot wear?
- They will no longer wear regimental lanyards (cords) on their shoulders.
- They will also not wear any shoulder flashes like ‘Special Forces’, ‘Arunachal Scouts’, ‘Dogra Scouts’, etc.
- Thus, there will be no item of uniform that will identify them as belonging to a particular Regiment or Corps.
- As of now, all officers from the rank of Lieutenant to General wear uniform accoutrements (additional items of dress or equipment) as per their regimental or corps affiliation.
- Infantry officers and Military Intelligence officers wear dark green berets;
- Armoured corps officers wear black berets;
- Artillery, Engineers, Signals, Air Defence, EME, ASC, AOC, AMC, and some minor corps officers wear dark blue berets;
- Parachute Regiment officers wear maroon berets; and
- Army Aviation Corps officers wear grey berets.
Need for change:
- Regimental service in the Army ends at the rank of Colonel for most officers who rise further.
- Thus, all uniform affiliations with that particular Regiment or Corps must also end at that rank, so that any regimental parochialism that may exist is not promoted to the higher ranks.
- Since appointments at higher ranks can often mean commanding troops of mixed regimental lineage, it is only appropriate that the senior officers commanding these troops should present themselves in a neutral uniform rather than a regimental one.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB