Changes and transformations in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are aimed at materializing its strategic goals and implementing its policies, chief of IRGC’s joint staff said. “These changes are taking place in order for the materializing of the IRGC’s strategic goals and implementation of IRGC’s policies,” General Hejazi said while addressing a large number of troops here on Monday.
The IRGC has undergone big changes in recent months, including the change of its commander-in-chief. In a decree issued late August, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei appointed General Mohammad Ali Jafari as the commander-in-chief of the IRGC to replace General Yahya Rahim Safavi.
A few days after his appointment, Jafari changed the command structure of Basij (volunteer) troops. Prior to that, Basij was a separate combat arm of IRGC with a separate commander who operated under the commander-in-chief of the IRGC, similar to the commanders of the IRGC ground, naval and air forces. But Jafari brought Basij under the supervision of the IRGC’s chief of joint staff.
General Hejazi, now the chief of IRGC’s joint staff, was the commander of Basij prior to the said change.