Some Lesser Known Facts About General JJ Singh
- Does General JJ Singh smoke:? Not Known
- Does General JJ Singh drink alcohol:? Yes
- He was born in a small town Samma Satta in the Princely State of Bahawalpur (now in Pakistan).
- His father, Jaswant Singh Marwah, was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Indian Army.
- His family originally belongs to Daultala (also in Pakistan).
- He is a 3rd-generation soldier of his family as his grandfather, Sepoy (Private) Atma Singh Marwah was enlisted as a drummer in the 1/67 Punjab Regiment of the British Indian Army in 1914 and fought in the First World War.
- His father, Jaswant, passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in April 1943 and is a veteran of the Second World War.
- When he was born, his father was posted at the Samma Satta.
- In August 1947, his family migrated to Patiala in India.
- He grew up in different regions of the Northern India as his father was frequently transferred.
- He did his schooling in Catholic Convent Schools.
- He joined the 25th course of the NDA (National Defence Academy) in January 1961.
- In 1962, when the Sino-Indian War broke out, he was still a cadet and due to the war urgency, the one year course of NDA was shortened to 7 months. JJ Singh and his classmates were commissioned early as Second Lieutenant on 2 August 1964.
- At the time of passing-out-ceremony, his grandfather blessed him saying- God willing, the son of a private shall be a colonel, and the son of the colonel shall be a general!
- At the Investiture Parade in 1968, he received the Colour of the Batallion from the then President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain.
- During his career, he was stationed at Nagaland, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Joshimath in Uttranchal (now Uttarakhand).
- During his tenure with the Indian Army, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal.
- In 1991-92, he was wounded during a terrorist infiltration for which he was awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation.
- On 1 February 2005, he was appointed the Chief of Army Staff in the Indian Army.
- He is an ace shooter and loves to play Basketball, Squash & Golf.
- He is a keen mountaineer and has been trained at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling under Late Tenzing Norgay.
- In 2007, UK Sikh Forum awarded him the Sikh of the Year Award.
- In 2009, the World Punjabi Organization awarded him the Punjabi Ratan Award.
- In the 2017 Punjab Assembly Elections, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) nominated him a candidate from the Patiala constituency against Captain Amarinder Singh.
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