Deepak Kapoor

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Deepak Kapoor
Born 1948
Allegiance  India
Service/branch  Indian Army
Years of service 11 June 1967 - 31 March 2010
Rank General of the Indian Army.svg General
Commands held Honorary Aide-De-Camp to The President of India
Sr. Colonel Commandant - Regiment of Artillery
Honorary Colonel - The Brigade of Guards
Chief of Army Staff
Vice-chief of Army Staff
GOC-in-C Northern Command
Corps Commander (GOC 33 Corps)
Chief Of Staff 4 Corps
Division Commander (GOC 22 Mountain Div)
Brigade Commander (Cdr 161 Inf Bde)
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
United Nations Operation in Somalia II
Awards Param Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svgParam Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svgAti Vishisht Seva Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svgVishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal ribbon.svgSena Medal

General Deepak Kapoor PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC (b. 1948) was the 23rd[1] Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army, appointed on 30 September 2007 and Chairman, Chiefs of Staffs Committee(COSC) appointed on 31 August 2009.[2]

He retired on 31 March 2010 and was succeeded by General V K Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC.


Kapoor was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on 11 June 1967. He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Kunjpura,[3][4] National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla (30th Course) and Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun. His career in the Indian Army spans four decades, during which he has held varied command and as well as staff appointments. A veteran of the 1971 Indo-Pak War in the eastern theatre (Bangladesh), he is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington and has completed the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow (Madhya Pradesh) and NDC course at the National Defence College (NDC) in New Delhi. He served as the Chief Operations Officer for UNOSOM II (United Nations Operation in Somalia II) during 1994-95 and was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) in January 1996.

General Kapoor was vice-chief of the Army before taking over as the Chief of Army Staff. He has also been the Northern Army Commander in the past.

General Kapoor commanded the 161 Infantry Brigade in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir which was actively involved in operations along the Line of Control. For his performance he was awarded the Sena Medal in January 1998. He commanded the 22nd Mountain Division as part of a Strike Corps during Operation Parakram in 2001-02. He was thereafter deeply involved in counter insurgency operations combating the insurgency in Assam, as Chief of Staff of 4 Corps in Tezpur. On promotion to Lieutenant General, he commanded 33 Corps at Siliguri, West Bengal. For his service as a Corps Commander, he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in January 2006. On elevation to the appointment of Army Commander, he commanded the Army Training Command (ARTRAC) in Shimla. Thereafter he moved to spearhead the Northern Command, the largest operational command in the Indian Army, deployed over varied terrain and was once again actively involved in COIN operations. For his performance, he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal in January 2007.

General Kapoor has been appointed as the Honorary Aide-De-Camp to the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the President of India. He is also the senior Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery.

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Personal life[edit]

General Kapoor holds Master's Degrees in Political Science, Military Science and Business Administration, the latter which he completed at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi. He also holds a diploma in Business Management. He is married to Mrs. Kirti Kapoor and they have two children - a daughter and a son, both of whom are married.

Major Decorations and Badges[edit]


Command Exit Model[edit]

General Kapoor was instrumental in implementing the widely panned "Command Exit Model" for promotions to colonels in the Army favoring his own branch, i.e Regiment of Artillery and Infantry in allotting disproportionate number of colonels. The Command Exit model for promotions in addition to being challenged in Armed Forces Tribunal, is thought to have split the ranks of Indian Army.[5]

Adarsh Scam[edit]

General Kapoor along with other senior officers were indicted in the Adarsh Housing Society scam by an Armys internal Court of Inquiry in 2011.[6]


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Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Poorvi Star
Special Service Medal
Sangram Medal
Operation Parakram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
25th Anniversary of Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal


Military offices
Preceded by
Joginder Jaswant Singh
Chief of Army Staff
Succeeded by
V K Singh