Army's "Game-Changing" Proposal To Allow 3-Year Tenure For Civilians

Army’s “Game-Changing” Proposal To Allow 3-Year Tenure For Civilians

  • The Army is considering a proposal to allow civilians, including young working professionals, to join the force for 3 years as officers and in other ranks in areas like logistics and front-line formations.
  • The Army is also considering to take personnel from the paramilitary and central armed police forces for up to 7 years, after which they would be allowed to return to their parent organisations, military sources have said.
  • The “game-changing” proposal to allow civilians to work for three years in the Army is being examined by top commanders. “If approved, it will be a voluntary engagement and there will be no dilution in selection criteria. Initially, 100 officers and 1,000 men are being considered for recruitment,”.
  • Age and fitness will be among the key criteria for recruitment under the “Tour of Duty” or “Three-Year Short Service” Scheme.
  • There is a “resurgence of nationalism and patriotism” in the country and the proposal attempts to tap the feelings of the youth who do not want to join the Army as a profession but wish to experience military life for a temporary duration.
  • The Army currently recruits young people under Short Service Commission for an initial tenure of 10 years, extendable up to 14 years.
  • According to the proposal, the people to be recruited under the Tour of Duty will be eligible to be deployed as combatants in key forward locations and there will be no restrictions in their roles.
  • The initial approximate financial calculations show that the financial benefits accrued would be exponential.The cumulative approximate cost of pre-commission training, salary and other expenses is nearly between Rs 5.12 crore and Rs 6.83 crore on an officer if he or she is released after 10 and 14 years. However, similar costs for those released after three years would be just Rs 80 lakh to Rs 85 lakh each.
  • Since, approximately 50 per cent to 60 per cent of the Short Service Commissioned officers are granted Permanent Commission, the cost of their retention till they are 54 years old is too high.
  • The savings for only 1,000 soldiers could be Rs 11,000 crore, which can be used for modernisation of the armed forces,.

About Star Rating Protocol-

  • To tackle the problem of poor waste management in urban India, in January 2018, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) had launched a unique initiative – the 7-star rating system.
  • The aim of the 7-star rating system was to institutionalize a mechanism for cities to achieve garbage free status and achieve higher degrees of cleanliness. As part of the star rating protocol, urban spaces of the country are evaluated on the basis of multiple cleanliness indicators with regard to waste management – door to door waste collection, waste segregation, plastic waste management, cleaning of drains and water bodies and others – and rated accordingly.

About Indian Army-

  • The Indian Army is the land-based branch and the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Army, and its professional head is the Chief of Army Staff, who is a four-star general
  • Formation-  1 April 1895
  • Headquarters – New Delhi
  • Motto  – Service Before Self
  • Commander in-Chief – President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chief of Army Staff (COAS)– Manoj Mukund Naravane

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