New Delhi: The Indian military is considering a proposal to attract young active professionals to join the force for a three-year term as officers and in other ranks for a variety of roles. The “Tour of Duty” (ToD) for three years is being reflected in the wake of the “resurgence of nationalism and patriotism” in the country.
The proposal is meant to be an attempt to exploit the sentiment of young people who do not want to join the military as a profession but who wish to live in military life for a temporary period. The “revolutionary” proposal is currently being examined by the main commanders of the army.
“If approved, it will be a voluntary commitment and there will be no dilution in the selection criteria. Initially, 100 officers and 1,000 men are envisaged for recruitment as part of the project test bench “Colonel Army spokesman Aman Anand said. cited by the PTI.
Currently, the army recruits young people on short-term commissions for an initial period of 10 years which can be extended up to 14 years. Under the new proposal, those to be recruited for the ToD for 3 years, however, will be eligible to be deployed as combatants in the main advanced locations and there will be no restrictions on their roles.
The proposal, which is one of the broad reforms envisaged for the force, is expected to be discussed at a conference of senior commanders of the Indian army, following which it is said to have been brought forward.
The program will benefit the military financially, according to media reports. The approximate cumulative cost of pre-service training, salary and other expenses is almost Rs 5.12 crore and Rs 6.83 crore for an officer if he is released after 10 and 14 years respectively. A similar cost for those released after three years, however, would only be from Rs 80 lakh to Rs 85 lakh each.
About 50% to 60% of short-term commissioned officers receive a permanent commission, but the cost of retaining them until the age of 54 is too high. On the other hand, the money saved on the cost incurred by the government for a sepoy with 17 years of service compared to a ToD sepoy with three years of service for a period of 17 years would be substantial.
Citing sources, the PTI report said the savings for just 1,000 jawans could be 11,000 crore rupees which could then be used for much-needed modernization of the Indian armed forces, adding that a stint in the military would also be helpful for young people to get jobs in the corporate sector as well as government.
After completing one year of training and three years of ToD, an officer or soldier is expected to show visible improvement in self-confidence, teamwork, responsibility, initiative , stress management, innovation and social skills.
Meanwhile, experts in military and strategic affairs reacted cautiously to the latest military plan. While several former army commanders welcomed the proposed decision, several others spoke of the “inherent risks” involved.
Strategic affairs expert Dr Laxman Kumar Behera told PTI that inductees into the proposed program should not be allowed to operate in central areas such as front line bases, adding that appropriate precautions should be taken to ensure that they do not have access to essential security details. .