Army promotions under scanner: Brigadier almost misses promotion over allegations later found false

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina
| Chandigarh |

October 26, 2020 3:49:04 am

Other members were swayed and awarded low VJ marks to the Brigadier, thus putting him out of contention. (Representational)

The indiscriminate manner in which Value Judgement (VJ) marks are awarded in Army promotions has once again come to light, with an Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) judgement revealing that a Brigadier almost lost out on promotion to the rank of Major General after a selection board awarded him low VJ marks over allegations of domestic violence and extramarital affairs, which were later found to be false.

A maximum of five marks out of 100 are allotted for VJ in the selection board for promotions in the Army, while the remaining 95 are quantified through other parameters like courses attended etc. Amidst tough competition, it is often VJ marks which become the deciding factor.

The selection board in question was evaluating 24 Brigadiers for six vacancies in the rank of Major General in the Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (EME) corps in 2018. The board comprised the then Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat as chairman and Vice Chief of Army Staff and all General Officers Commanding-in-Chief as members.

During the course of discussion over each candidate, one board member mentioned the allegations of…

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