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Air Chief Marshal
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Rank Insignia of an Air Chief Marshal
Country  India
Service branch  Indian Air Force
Abbreviation ACM
Rank Four-star rank
Next higher rank Marshal of the Indian Air Force
Next lower rank Air Marshal
Equivalent ranks General (Indian Army)
Admiral (Indian Navy)

Air Chief Marshal is a Four Star Air Officer rank in the Indian Air Force. It is the highest active rank in the Indian Air Force. 'Air Chief Marshal' ranks above the Three Star rank of Air Marshal and below the Five Star rank of Marshal of the air force, which is largely a war-time or ceremonial rank.

The rank is held by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), the professional head of the Indian Air Force. The rank may also be held by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) when the holder is a serving Indian Air Force air marshal. The position of the CAS was upgraded from Air Marshal to Air Chief Marshal in 1966. The first IAF officer to hold this rank was Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh (later promoted to the five-star rank of Marshal of the Indian Air Force) who was promoted to the rank in 1966 while he served as the CAS.[1][2] Post 1966, all the Air Chiefs have held the rank. The current CAS and only Air Chief Marshal in the Indian Armed Forces is Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria.

The equivalent rank in the Indian Army is General and in the Indian Navy is Admiral.

The CAS ACM R K S Bhadauria in an Air Chief Marshal's uniform

Insignia

The badges of rank consist of three sky blue bands (each on a slightly wider navy blue band) over a sky blue band on a navy blue broad band.

An Air Chief Marshal wears Gorget patches which are Blue patches with Four white stars.

In addition to this, the Blue Grey terrywool tunic has four sleeve stripes consisting of a broad band with three narrower bands.[3]

Appointment and Term length

Appointments to the office of CAS are made by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which is chaired by the Prime Minister of India.

The term length of the Chief of the Air Staff is three years or until the age of 62 of the holder, whichever is earlier.[4][5]

Order of Precedence

An Air Chief Marshal ranks at No. 12 on the Indian order of precedence, along with the Chiefs of Staff of the Indian Army and Indian Navy.[6] An Air Chief Marshal is at Pay level 18, equivalent to Cabinet Secretary of India (at No. 11 on the Warrant of Precedence), with a monthly pay of ₹250,000 (US$3,500).[7][8]

See also

References

  1. "Marshal of The Air Force | Indian Air Force | Government of India". https://indianairforce.nic.in/content/marshal-iaf. 
  2. "Arjan". Archived from the original on 27 March 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080327195335/http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Legends/Arjan.html. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 
  3. "Uniform | Indian Air Force | Government of India". https://indianairforce.nic.in/uniform. 
  4. DelhiDecember 29, Manjeet Singh Negi New; December 29, Manjeet Singh Negi New; Ist, Manjeet Singh Negi New. "Maximum age limit for Chief of Defence Staff put at 65" (in en). https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/army-rules-changed-cheif-of-defense-staff-new-age-for-retirement-nuclear-facility-1632415-2019-12-29. 
  5. Gurung, Shaurya Karanbir (29 December 2019). "Government amends rules to allow Chief of Defence Staff to serve up to maximum age of 65 years". https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/maximum-age-limit-for-chief-of-defence-staff-put-at-65/articleshow/73019479.cms?from=mdr. 
  6. "President's Secretariat". Office of the President of India. Rajya Sabha. 1979-08-26. http://rajyasabha.nic.in/rsnew/guidline_govt_mp/chap11.pdf. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  7. "Wayback Machine". 20 November 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20151120092637/http://7cpc.india.gov.in/pdf/sevencpcreport.pdf. 
  8. DelhiJune 29, India Today Web Desk New; June 29, India Today Web Desk New; Ist, India Today Web Desk New. "7th Pay Commission cleared: What is the Pay Commission? How does it affect salaries?" (in en). https://www.indiatoday.in/fyi/story/7th-pay-commission-cleared-what-is-pay-commission-how-does-it-effect-our-pockets-16980-2016-06-29. 


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