Indian Army Life: From Joining To Retirement

Indian Army

Hello respected people, this blog is a true biography of an Indian soldier. In this article it contains the promotion policy of the Indian army.

“An Indian soldier does not fight a war in the battle field to die, it is just his misfortune. They fight to kill the enemies”                   


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Life of Indian Army

The Indian Army is one of the largest armies in the world, with over 1.2 million active personnel. The soldiers of the Indian Army understand the significance of their work, and they take pride in serving their country.

The life of an Indian soldier is one of bravery, honor and patriotism. From the battle fields to the Home front, they serve their country with distinction. The Indian soldier is one of the bravest in the world.

 They are highly trained and disciplined to face any situation and overcome any adversity. These soldiers have been instilled with patriotism and a sense of duty towards their country. They are always ready to put their life on the edge of a knife for their country.

 They have made infinite sacrifices for us. Many of them have seen combat and have been wounded in battle.

 Training of Indian Army

One can only imagine the kind of training that a soldier of the Indian Army goes through – from learning how to use sophisticated weaponry and survival techniques, to being conditioned to follow orders without question. In the Indian Army, soldiers are deployed on a variety of operations – from internal security to peacekeeping missions.

1.The soldiers guard our borders day and night, ensuring that we are safe from harm. They live in remote, often difficult conditions, away from their families and friends. The hottest deserts and the coldest glaciers have not penetrated the dedication of the Indian army soldiers.

2. Their survival techniques are indefinable, some are lost in wars and survive for months without eating or drinking. These soldiers do not even think of their families or themselves before indulging in a life risking game, this all because of the Tricolor. While they are away from their families, they know that their loved ones are being taken care of by the Army.

3. Every soldier in the Indian Army must be rewarded for the physical and mental abilities he maintains till retirement. These brave men dedicate their lives to protecting our country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

4. Yes, even in some emergencies like in any state or an extraordinary situation created inside the country is also handled by these godmen. They are truly celebrities and we owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never repay.

5. They must be respected for what they did or are doing. Once a soldier is always a soldier, so even after retirement, they serve the nation by bringing change to internal society. They teach discipline and can be ideal for youths. Their thoughts are great and influential.

Promotion Policy of Indian Army

The commissioned rank officers are the leaders in the Indian Army. They lead every mission and war to get the best out of the soldiers. These officers are employed through multiple tests, medical and academic, also for being an officer in the Indian Army you need to qualify the SSB (service selection board) interview. After these tests, they are trained for four years.


  • Those who qualify get the first rank of an Indian army officer that is Lieutenant.
  • Further, based on their quality of service and experience, they are promoted.
  • While promoting, they have to go through written and medical tests and are mandatory to get promoted.
  • So let us discuss more about their promotion policy.
  • You all know the dress of an officer.
  • The specific about their dresses are the stars or insignia that are put on a dress based on the rank.
  • The Lieutenant has three five pointed stars on his dress.


  • A Lieutenant is promoted to a Captain. This promotion is time bound.
  • So every Lieutenant becomes a Captain after completion of 2 years in the Indian Army.
  • They have three five-pointed stars on their dress.


  • After four years of being a Captain, an Indian army officer is promoted to Major rank.
  • This is also a time bound promotion, if you have completed 6 years in the Indian army then you will be a Major.
  • A Major has a national emblem on his shoulders.

Lieutenant Colonel

  • On completion of 13 years in the Indian Army and 7 years of being Major, they are promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
  • They have a national emblem over a five-pointed star on their shoulders.


  • The next rank is of a Colonel, which is a selection procedure.
  • After 15 years of commissioned service, the officers go through tests and are selected for being Colonels.
  • There may be a time bound promotion after 26 years of service in the Indian Army.
  • However, these Colonels hold the portfolio of a Lt. Colonel only.
  • A Colonel has a national emblem over two five-pointed stars on his shoulders. They retire at the age of 54 years.


  • After 25 years of commissioned service, an officer goes through tests to hold a rank of Brigadier.
  • A Brigadier has a national emblem over three five-pointed stars in a triangular formation on his shoulders. No time bound promotion.
  • They retire at the age of 56 years.

Major General

  • A Brigadier is promoted to Major General.
  • An officer goes through this selection procedure after 32 years of service in the Indian Army. 
  • The dress of this rank officer has a five-pointed star over crossed batons and sabers. They retire at the age of 58.

Lieutenant General

A Major General is promoted to a Lieutenant General through selection only. An officer goes through this selection procedure after 36 years of service in the Indian Army. 

  • They may hold the position of a Vice Chief of the Indian Army.
  • They have a national emblem over crossed batons and sabers.
  • They retire at the age of 63 or may retire earlier.


  • There are a few Lieutenant Generals in the Army.
  • Out of those few, only one gets selected to hold the highest rank in the Indian Army that is General.
  • A General’s dress has a national emblem over a crossed baton and saber in a lotus blossom wreath.
  • A General retires at the age of 62.
  • In 2022 General Manoj Pande was selected as the chief of the Indian Army.

CDS (Chief of Defence Staff)

  • CDS (Chief of Defence Staff), it is a newly created rank for the advisor of all the defence forces, including the Air Force and the Navy.
  • A CDS is among the chief of all the forces.
  • The first CDS was General Bipin Rawat.