Samer Pal Singh Dhillon passed out from the Scindia School in 1965. He joined the Indian Army and was commissioned into the Regiment of Artillery on Dec 21 1969. In the course of his distinguished career he rose to the rank of Lieutenant General and was appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff. He also had the distinction of being appointed Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Artillery, a rare honour in the Indian Army. Samer Pal Singh Dhillon held important Command, Staff and instructional appointments. He commanded a Field Artillery Regiment and an Infantry Brigade in J&K, the famous ‘Bison Division’ and the elite ‘Desert Corps’. His staff assignments included tenure in the Directorate General of Military Operations in Army Headquarters and as Major General Staff in Headquarters, Northern Command. He played a key role in the modernization of the Indian Army and in advising the Chief of the Army Staff on United Nation Troops deployment.
He has a brilliant academic profile. He attended the Long Gunnery Staff Course at School of Artillery, at Deolali, the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, and the National Defence College at New Delhi. He also attended the prestigious Command and General Staff course at Fort Leavenworth, USA. The General also served as an instructor at the School of Artillery, Devlali, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the National Defence College, New Delhi.
Samer Pal Singh Dhillon was actively involved in Disaster Management activities at the time of earthquakes in Uttarkashi and J&K, Tsunami in Southern India and floods in Rajasthan. He is a recipient of the coveted Lengtaigne Memorial Medal. The Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal were conferred on him, by the President of India, for distinguished services. A good athlete and sportsman and an avid golfer, Samer Pal Singh, a man of many facets, inspired the men he led and united them in a team. He is well known among his friends and associates for his wit, sense of humour and leadership qualities. Samer Pal Singh Dhillon, by his outstanding contributions to the Indian Army, has distinguished himself as an Old Boy of The Scindia School. The Scindia School conferred the Madhav Award, on him in the year 2008.