Brigadier General Yam Prasad Dhakal joined Nepali Army, on June 21, 1988. Brig Gen Dhakal took up his current appointment as Director of Public Relations and Information (DPR&I) and Spokesperson of Nepali Army on 10 January, 2019.
His military education includes the Company Commander and Staff Course, Army Command and Staff Course, Higher Command and Management course among others. He is a graduate of the International College of Defense Studies (ICDS), National Defense University PLA, Beijing, China. Additionally, he has done Bachelors of Engineering (Civil) Degree from Military College of Engineering, (MCE), Pakistan, Legal Aspects of Combating Terrorism from United States Defense Institute of International Legal studies, USA.
Brig Gen Dhakal has held command and staff positions at all levels, that includes Field Engineer & Infantry Company at home and abroad, Naya Shreenath Battalion(Infantry) in Nepal & UN Mission in Haiti, and Kali Prasad Battalion (E) in Airport, Kathmandu. He has wide range of United Nations Peacekeeping operations experiences including Platoon Commander in United Nations Protection Forces in former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR), Engineer Company Commander in MONUSCO Mission Congo, Battalion Commander in MINUSTAH Haiti, and Chief Military Engineer in MONUSCO Congo,
He has been decorated with various medals and decorations including the Suprabal Janasewa Shree, Pshamsaniya Patta and Disaster Rescue and Relief Service medal.
Brig Gen Dhakal is married and the couple is blessed with one son.