New Delhi: The Indian Army could soon have over a thousand Generals amongst its ranks if a proposal given by it is cleared by the government and also agreed to by the Air Force and the Navy. The Army currently has about 42,000 officers and if the planned move is cleared, the force would see the biggest one-time jump (700) in the number of Major Generals since Independence.
The top Army leadership has been open to a recent idea of the officers bypassing the Brigadier rank. As part of the proposal, some 1,000 Colonels are to be promoted as Major Generals bypassing the Brigadier rank.
In the present system, about 1000 colonels are promoted to Brigadier rank and then, 300 of them become Major Generals.
It may be noted that the proposal does not envisage the abolition of the Brigadier rank. Officers in charge of brigades will serve as Brigadiers for the time they are in command. And as their tenure comes to an end, the officers will automatically get promoted to Major General rank.