Vijay Kumar promoted as Subedar Major

Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar was today promoted as Subedar Major and given a cash award of Rs.30 lakh with Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh promising all help to elevate him to the rank of an officer. The announcement was made soon after Vijay Kumar was promoted from rank of Subedar to Subedar Major in a ceremony where Gen Singh and Army Vice Chief Lt Gen S K Singh pipped-in his ranks on his shoulders. "This commission (to the grade of officer) has to be granted by the President and certain rules have to be followed. We will provide all help to him as he is very capable ... he talks in English and is very educated and has the capabilities to become an officer. We will further strengthen his capabilities to make him a commissioned officer," the Army Chief said.
Vijay Kumar had earlier expressed his displeasure that he had not got a single promotion since the last six years in spite of winning numerous medals for the sport in both the national and international level. He broached the subject once again after he bagged the Olympic medal and said that he was seriously considering quitting the forces.The matter was taken up in great earnest by the Sports Minister Ajay Maken and also highlighted the matter with Defence Minister AK Antony seeking his intervention to grant him special consideration for his feat in the Olympics and finally Indian Army honors his soldier with higher rank.