With General Bipin Rawat taking overs as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), he will be donning a new role and also a different uniform. While the colour will be olive green there are distinct changes in his uniform to represent all three forces.
On the shoulder will be a maroon patch with golden ranks to represent all three services.
"The colour of the uniform of the CDS will be same as the parent service but ranks and badges will be different," said a source.
The cap will also be different with badges and accomplishment to represent the three service.
There will be no sword and baton or stars on the shoulder to signify the rank. The CDS uniform will also not have a lanyard as the idea is to have service neutral representations.
For those asking about the uniform of the Chief of Defence Staff, here go the new belt buckle, shoulder rank, peak cap and car flag of the CDS. pic.twitter.com/SEQM2vt9UD— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 31, 2019
"The idea is that the uniform of the CDS has symbols to represent all three services. Any service or regimental symbols will not be there," said a source privy to the details.
The four stars on the collar that chiefs have will also be gone from the uniform of the CDS as it represents a specific service. While service ribbons on the chest will remain as it is.
What is not certain is whether the office of the CDS will have to fly a flag representing all three service.