General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff, has carried out the first field promotion in the British Army since 1953, during a visit to troops undertaking a training mission in Mali.
General Wall accompanied the head of the French Army, General Bertrand Ract-Madoux, to witness soldiers from 1 Rifles delivering infantry training to their Malian counterparts.
Rifleman Gigar Das (31) was conducting a lesson in marksmanship principles, which hugely impressed both generals. The Chief of the General Staff was astounded to see that the soldier was a Rifleman. After consulting briefly with Gigar Das’s company commander he decided to promote him there and then.
Shortly afterwards, in front of the entire EU Training Team, Rifleman Das was presented with his Lance Corporal’s *****e by the head of the French Army.
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