General MM Naravane Biography: Birth, Family, Education, Military Career, Awards and More

General MM Naravane Biography: As the sudden demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat in a tragic helicopter crash created a void in India’s topmost military position, General MM Naravane is considered to be the frontrunner for the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post. He is currently serving as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). 

General MM Naravane Biography: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General MM Naravane is considered to be the frontrunner for the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) post after the demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat. Ahead of the appointment of the next CDS, let us have a look at the life of General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the 27th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).

General MM Naravane Biography
General MM Naravane Biography

What favours General Naravane for the elevation to the post of CDS is his seniority. Among the three serving chiefs of India, General MM Naravane is the senior-most officer who succeeded General Bipin Rawat on 31 December 2019. 

The other two chiefs– IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar– are relatively new in their positions. They took over the leading positions of their forces on 30 September 2021 and 30 November 2021, respectively. 

Let us have a look at the life of General Manoj Mukund Naravane, the 27th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).

General MM Naravane: Birth, Early life and Education


General Manoj Mukund Naravane PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC is currently serving as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS). He succeeded General Bipin Rawat on 31 December 2019. 

General MM Naravane was born on 22 April 1960 in Pune, Bombay State, India. His father Mukund Naravane is a former officer in the Indian Air Force who retired in the rank of Wing Commander and his mother Sudha was an announcer with the All India Radio.

General Naravane received his schooling at the Jnana Prabodhini Prashala in Pune. He attended  National Defence Academy, Pune, Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Army War College, Mhow. 

General MM Naravane holds an M.A. degree in Defence Studies from the University of Madras, Chennai and an M.Phil. degree in Defence and Management Studies from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Defence and Strategic Studies from  Punjabi University, Patiala.

Bio
ProfessionArmy Personnel
Known forBeing the 28th Chief of the Army Staff of India
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Defence Services
Service/BranchIndian Army
RankGeneral
Years of Service1980-Present
Unit• 7th Sikh Light Infantry
• Rashtriya Rifles
• Assam Rifles
• Strike Corps
• Eastern Command
Awards, Honours, Achievements• Param Vishisht Seva Medal, 2019

• Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, 2017

• Sena Medal, 2015

• Vishisht Seva Medal, 2015
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 April 1960 (Friday)
Age (as in 2019)59 Years
Zodiac SignTaurus
BirthplacePune, Bombay State, India
NationalityIndian
HometownPune, Maharashtra
SchoolJnana Prabodhini Prashala, Pune, Maharashtra
College• National Defence Academy, Pune
• Indian Military Academy, Dehradun
• The University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
• Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
• The Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu
• Army War College, Mhow, Madhya Pradesh
Educational Qualification(s)• Graduation from the National Defense Academy
• Masters degree in Defence Studies from the University of Madras in Chennai
• M.Phil. in Defence and Management from the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya
ReligionHinduism
CasteMarathi Brahmin 
HobbiesPainting, Gardening, Doing Yoga, and Playing Golf
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateNot Known
Family
WifeVeena Naravane (Teacher and the Vice President of the Army Wives’ Welfare Association)
ChildrenSon– None
Daughter(s)– 2
• Isha (Performing Artist)
• Amala (PR Consultant)
ParentsFather- Mukund Naravane (Air Force Officer)
Mother- Sudha Naravane (All India Radio Announcer)
SiblingsNone

Some Lesser Known Facts About Manoj Mukund Naravane

  • Manoj Mukund Naravane is Param Vishisht Seva Medal holder Lieutenant General in the Indian Army. He became the 28th Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) on 31 December 2019, after Bipin Rawat retired from the same post.
  • In June 1980, Naravane started his career with the 7th Sikh Light Infantry. He has an experience of more than 39 years, and he has served in the counter-insurgency operations of Jammu & Kashmir and the Northeast.
  • During his career, he commanded the Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir, the Assam Rifles in Northeast India as the Inspector General (North), General Officer Commander-in-Chief (GOCC) of the Delhi Area, and the 20th General Officer Commander-in-Chief (GOCC) of the Army Training Command (1 December 2017 – 30 September 2018).Manoj Mukund Naravane addressing cadets at a training centre
  • He has also served as the Indian Defence Attache at the Indian Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar.Manoj Mukund Naravane in Myanmar
  • When he was posted as the General Officer Commander-in-Chief of the Delhi area, he was the commander of the 2017 Republic Day Parade.Manoj Mukund Naravane as the Commander of the 2017 Republic Day Parade
  • On 1 October 2018, he took charge as the General Officer Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Command. The Eastern Command guards India’s 4,000 km long border with China in the eastern sector.Manoj Mukund Naravane during his time in the Eastern Command
  • He is married to Veena Naravane who is a teacher, and she has an experience of more than 27 years in the field of teaching in India and abroad. She is also the Vice President of the Army Wives’ Welfare Association.
  • On 16 December 2019, on the eve of Vijay Diwas, he was named as the next Chief of the Army Staff of India after the 27th Army Chief, Bipin Rawat, retires on 31 December 2019.

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Manoj Mukund Naravane ‘s family ( General MM Naravane Family )

Father’s NameMukund Naravane
Mother’s NameSudha Naravane
Wife’s NameVeena Naravane 
Children’s NameDaughter –   Isha and Amala
Son  none

General Manoj Mukund Naravane has worked on many important fronts-

In his army career spanning over 40 years, General Manoj has also served on the main fronts, including in Jammu and Kashmir and North East, in unrest and insurgent areas and for the appointment of many command and army staff in anti-riot environment. work done.

Apart from this, General Manoj also commanded a National Rifles battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry army brigade on the Eastern Front, besides he also participated in the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka. During his lifetime, he also served as the Indian Defense Attache at the Indian Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar for three years.

Military Career of Manoj Mukund Naravane

  • Naravane was commissioned into the 7th Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry in June 1980. In his army career spanning over 40 years, he has served in various positions ranging from Inspector General (North) to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and is now at the forefront of the post of CDS after the demise of General Bipin Rawat.  
  • On 1 October 2018, he took over as the General Officer Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Command. The Eastern Command guards India’s 4,000-km-long border with China in the eastern sector.
  • On 16 December 2019, on the eve of Vijay Diwas, he was elected as the next Chief of Army Staff of India after the 27th Army Chief Bipin Rawat retired on 31 December 2019.
  • After Manoj Naravane took over as the Chief of the Army Staff, all the Defense Chiefs of India were from the same course of the 56th National Defense Academy, Pune. This is the second such coincidence in the history of India.
  • MM Naravane commanded the 2nd Battalion (Sikhli) of the Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir, 106 Infantry Brigade, and the Assam Rifles as Inspector General (North) at Kohima, Nagaland. 
  • He also served in anti-terrorist operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India during Operation Pawan and in the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka.
  • After being promoted to the rank of lieutenant general, he commanded the Kharga Strike Corps based at Ambala and served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Delhi region. 
  • He was the Commander of the 2017 Republic Day Parade when he was posted as General Officer Commander-in-Chief of Delhi Region.
  • On promotion to the rank of Army Commander Grade, he served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command. 
  • He was appointed Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) on 1 September 2019 and was promoted to the rank of COAS on 31 December 2019 when General Bipin Rawat was made CDS. 

Ladder of success in military  formation  –

  • Manoj Mukund Naravane had joined the army in the year 1980.
  • Two years later, on 7 June 1982, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant of the army.
  • On 7 June 1985, the Army appointed him as a captain.
  • Six years later, on 7 June 1991, he was promoted once again and made the Major of the Army.
  • After about 11 years, on 31 December 2002, he was a lieutenant colonel.
  • On 1 February 2005, he was posted to the post of Colonel.
  • Five years later, on 19 July 2010, he was made a brigadier.
  • Once again after 3 years, on 1 January 2013, he became Major General.
  • After two years, on 10 November 2015, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.
  • On 31 December 2019, the Government of India appointed him as the Army Chief. 

Career Ranks of Manoj Mukund Naravane

 Awards & Achievement of Manoj Mukund Naravane

In his army career spanning 40 years, COAS General MM Naravane has been honored with various medals and honours. These are listed below.

  • Param Vishisht Seva Medal
  • Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
  • Sena Medal
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • general service medal
  • Special Service Medal
  • Operation Parakram Medal
  • military service medal
  • foreign service medal
  • Independence 50th Anniversary Medal
  • 9 Tall Service Medals
  • 20 years long service medal
  • 30 years long service medal

FAQ

Who is Manoj Mukund Naravane?

Manoj Mukund Naravane is a Lieutenant General of Param Vishisht Seva Medal holder in the Indian Army.

Where was Manoj Mukund Naravane born?

Manoj Mukund Naravane was born on 22 April 1960 in Bombay (now Mumbai) city of Maharashtra.

General MM Naravane: Military Career

Naravane was commissioned into the 7th Battalion The Sikh Light Infantry in June 1980. In his distinguished military career spanning over 40 years, he served on various posts ranging from Inspector General (North) to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and is now the frontrunner for the post of CDS. 

MM Naravane commanded the 2nd Battalion (SikhLi) of Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir, 106 Infantry Brigade, and Assam Rifles as Inspector General (North) in Kohima, Nagaland. He also served in Counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India and Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation Pawan.

His staff assignments include tenures as a Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, AA&QMG of Headquarters Establishment No. 22, military attaché to Myanmar at Yangon, instructional appointment at the Army War College, Mhow and two tenures at the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.

After being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General, he commanded the Ambala-based Kharga Strike Corps and served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delhi Area. In his capacity as GOC, he commanded the 2017 Republic Day parade. 

On promotion to the rank of Army Commander grade, he served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command. 

He was appointed Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) on 1 September 2019 and was elevated to the rank of COAS when General Bipin Rawat was made CDS on 31 December 2019. 

RankDate of Appointment
Lieutenant7 June 1982
Captain7 June 1985
Major7 June 1991
Lieutenant Colonel31 December 2002
Colonel1 February 2005
Brigadier19 July 2010
Major General1 January 2013
Lieutenant General10 November 2015
General (COAS)31 December 2019

General MM Naravane: Honors and medals

In a distinguished military career spanning over four decades, COAS General MM Naravane has been awarded various medals and honours. These are listed below.

1- Param Vishisht Seva Medal

2- Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

3- Sena Medal

4- Vishisht Seva Medal

5- Samanya Seva Medal

6- Special Service Medal

7- Operation Parakram Medal

8- Sainya Seva Medal

9- Videsh Seva Medal

10- 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal

11- 30 Years Long Service Medal

12- 20 Years Long Service Medal

13- 9 Years Long Service Medal

General MM Naravane: Personal Life

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) is married to Veena Naravane and the couple have two daughters. Veena Naravane is a teacher with 25 years of experience and heads the Army Wives Welfare Association.

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