Maj Gen Tej Kaul PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Veteran) was commissioned in the Kumaon Regiment, which happens to be the most decorated infantry regiment of the Indian Army. Its origin traces back to the 18th century. Ever since then, this regiment has fought in all major campaigns of the British Indian Army and the Indian Army, the two world wars, Indo Pak Wars and the Kargil War included.
The Kumaon Regiment, in which Maj Gen Kaul was commissioned, was first created and its units raised by the then Nizam of Hyderabad in the 18th century, and later became part of the Nizam’s Contingent. The units underwent several rounds of reorganization and renaming. Later, the Naga Regiment became affiliated with it in 1970. One Indian Naval Ship and a Squadron of Indian Air Force are also affiliated to the Regiment.
Today, the home of the Kumaon Regiment, in which Maj Gen T Kaul served, is nestled in the lap of the snow-capped Himalayas in the Kumaon Hills, and gets its recruits from the Kumaonis and Ahirs.