Chief of Army Staff (Bangladesh)

Chief of Army Staff (abbreviated as CAS) (Bengali: সেনাবাহিনী প্রধান; Senabahini Pradhan) of Bangladesh Army, also known as Army Chief is the highest-ranking officer of the Bangladesh Army.[1][2] The current Chief of Army Staff is General Aziz Ahmed[3] The first Bangladesh army chief was Major General M. A. Rab during Bangladesh Independence War in 1971 while Colonel M. A. G. Osmani was the Commander in Chief of all Bangladesh Forces.[4]

Chief of the Staff of Bangladesh Army
সেনাবাহিনী প্রধান
Badge of the Bangladesh Army
General Aziz Ahmed, BSP, BGBM, PBGM, BGBMS, psc, G

since 25 June 2018
Bangladesh Army
SeatArmy Headquarters, Dhaka
AppointerPrime Minister of Bangladesh
Term length3 years or at the age of 60, whichever is earlier.
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief of the Bangladesh Forces
Formation12 April 1971 (1971-04-12)
First holderLt. Col. M. A. Rab

The Chief of Army Staff functions from the Army Headquarters, which is located in the Dhaka Cantonment.[5]


Bangladesh Army came into being officially in January, 1972. In April, Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman then decided to change the commanding posts of the three services which was combined and commanded by General M. A. G. Osmani. On 7 April, Maj. Gen. K M Shafiullah, was made the chief of army staff.[6][7]

Chief of Army Staff's rank was upgraded to lieutenant-general in 1978 and then to full general in 2007.[8][9]

List of Chiefs of Army staff

No. Chief of Army staffTook officeLeft officeTime in officeUnit of Commission
Rab, M. A.Major General
M. A. Rab
12 April 19716 April 1972360 daysRoyal Indian Army Service Corps
Shafiullah, KaziMajor general
Kazi M Shafiullah Bir Uttom, psc
(born 1934)
6 April 197224 August 19753 years, 140 daysEast Bengal Regiment
Rahman, ZiaurLieutenant general
Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttom, psc
25 August 197528 April 19782 years, 247 daysEast Bengal Regiment
Ershad, Hussain MohammadLieutenant general
Hussain Mohammad Ershad ndc, psc
29 April 197830 August 19868 years, 123 daysEast Bengal Regiment
Ershad, Hussain MohammadLieutenant general
Atiqur Rahman G+
(born 1931)
31 August 198630 August 19903 years, 364 daysRegiment of Artillery
Khan, NuruddinLieutenant general
Nuruddin Khan psc
31 August 199030 August 19943 years, 364 daysCorps of Engineers
Nasim, Abu SalehLieutenant general
Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim Bir Bikrom, psc
(born 1946)
31 August 199419 May 19961 year, 262 daysEast Bengal Regiment
Rahman, MuhammadLieutenant general
Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman psc
20 May 199623 December 19971 year, 217 daysCorps of Engineers
Rahman, MustafizurGeneral
Mustafizur Rahman Bir Bikrom, ndc, psc, C
24 December 199723 December 20002 years, 365 daysCorps of Engineers
Harun, MLieutenant general
M Harun-Ar-Rashid Bir Protik, rcds, psc
24 December 200015 June 20021 year, 173 daysEast Bengal Regiment
Chowdhury, HasanLieutenant general
Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury awc, psc
(born 1948)
16 June 200215 June 20052 years, 364 daysFrontier Force Regiment
Ahmed, MoeenGeneral
Moeen U Ahmed ndc, psc
(born 1953)
16 June 200515 June 20093 years, 364 daysEast Bengal Regiment
Ahmed, MoeenGeneral
Md Abdul Mubeen ndc, psc
(born 1955)
16 June 200925 June 20123 years, 9 daysEast Bengal Regiment
Bhuiyan, IqbalGeneral
Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan psc
(born 1955)
26 June 201225 June 20152 years, 364 daysEast Bengal Regiment
Huq, ShafiulGeneral
Belal Shafiul Huq ndc, psc
(born 1958)
26 June 201525 June 20182 years, 364 daysArmoured Corps
Huq, ShafiulGeneral
Aziz Ahmed psc, G
(born 1961)
26 June 2018Incumbent1 year, 173 daysCorps of Artillery

See also


  1. "Major General Moeen U Ahmed new Army Chief". 5 June 2005. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  2. "Bangladesh appoints Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan as new Army Chief". First Post. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. "Lt Gen Aziz made new Army chief". The Daily Star (newspaper). 19 June 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  4. "Stripping ex-army chief Mustafizur Rahman of rank illegal: HC". Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  5. "Gen Mubeen takes over army". The Daily Star. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  6. "TIMELINE". The Daily Star (newspaper). 15 August 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  7. "Shafiullah new chairman of sector commanders forum". 19 September 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  8. Mascarenhas, Anthony. Bangladesh: A Legacy of Blood. Hodder and Stoughton.
  9. "Bangladesh Armed Forces elite promoted". Dawn. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
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