But the end of his term marks the beginning of a long path towards recovery from the mess that the institution called the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army) finds itself in.
What began as a promising tenure on April Fools' Day in 2010 with V.K. Singh making the right noises about 'improving the internal health' of the army has now turned into unpleasant chapter that may be difficult to forget given the nature of the controversies -- from a seemingly innocuous age row to the critical issue of defence preparedness.
Image: Ex -Indian Army Chief General V.K. Singh reacts during a book launch event in New Delhi on May 28, 2012.