Lt. General B S Raju will take charge as the new Vice Chief of the Army from 1st May 2022. Earlier he was the Director-General of Military Operations during the standoff on the LAC.
Lt. Gen. Baggavalli Somashekar Raju will be the Vice Chief of the Army Staff from 01st May 2022. He is an alumnus of Sainik School Bijapur and the National Defence academy. He has been commissioned on 15th December 1984 in the JAT Regiment.
He commanded his Battalion during OP PARAKRAM in the Western Theatre and in Jammu & Kashmir. He also holds the distinction of commanding the Uri brigade along the Line of Control, a Counter Insurgency Force and the Chinar Corps in the Kashmir Valley. The General Officer also served as the Commandant, of the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan.
Prior to taking over as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, the General Officer was tenanting the appointment of Director General Military Operations during the standoff on the LAC. The General officer is a qualified helicopter pilot having carried out operational flying in Somalia, as part of UNOSOM II. He is also the Colonel of the JAT Regiment.
Lt Gen Raju has attended all-important career courses in India and has had the privilege of doing his NDC at the Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom. He also holds a distinguished Master’s programme degree in Counter-Terrorism at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, United States.