Big decision by Army Chief Bipin Rawat, ARTRAC may move from Shimla to Ambala

It is perhaps the biggest decision the Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, has made in his efforts to restructure the 1.2 million force, to make it lean-and-mean, a 21st-century fighting unit. ARTRAC, or the Army Training Command, one of the seven in the army, will be moved from its headquarters in Shimla to Ambala in the next six months.

This comes along with the decision to merge the Directorate of Military Training, currently in Army HQ in New Delhi, with ARTAC.

Importantly, ARTRAC, in Shimla since the early 1990s, and the place where future military doctrines are worked out, will need to liaison more with field formations, interact more with fighting units. “It is important for theoreticians to work with people who are part of the field army.

It should not be out on a limb in Shimla,” a top official said. And in Ambala, is the headquarters of 2 Corps, one of the Army’s three strike corps. Read More

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