The Army has started the process of merging sub-area headquarters, which are fixed institutions located across the country, with headquarters of operational formations located in the same station or near them.
The step is part of the Army’s ongoing organisational restructuring to effectively use its manpower and resources and its foundation lies in the recommendations of a study group that was formed a few years ago to review the existing hierarchy.
According to a circular sent to all Army Commands by the Staff Duties Directorate at Army Headquarters a few days ago, 13 sub-area headquarters are to be merged with the headquarters of co-located formations like corps.
Sub-areas are commanded by officers of the rank of Major General, designated as General Officer Commanding (GOC), who reports to the area commander, a Lieutenant General. The area commander functions under the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Command in whose territorial jurisdiction the area lies.
In the new hierarchy, the GOC of a sub-area will be re-designated as Major General (land, work, and welfare) posted at corps headquarters, reporting to the corps commander instead of the area commander. Similarly, other officers and staff at sub-area headquarters will be adjusted at corps headquarters with new designations and modified charters of duties.
As an offshoot to the merger, station headquarters, which is responsible for managing the internal affairs of a particular military station, will now have a permanent station commander instead of the commander of the locally-based operational formation like a brigade being the ex-officio station commander.