India, Feb. 14 -- The structure of the newly-constituted department of military affairs (DMA), headed by chief of defence staff General Bipin Rawat, is taking shape and it will be staffed by one secretary-ranked officer, one additional secretary and five joint secretaries, a senior army officer said on Friday.

The department has sought the government's approval for the appointment of one secretary who will be responsible for transformation and coordination, one three-star ranked additional secretary and three joint secretaries to execute its wide-ranging mandate, said Major General Mukesh Aggarwal, defence advisor to General Rawat.

The DMA will have a total of five joint secretaries, with two having already been posted to the department...