Recently the Indian Army is considering a proposal which allows civilians of the country to serve in the Indian army for three years as ‘tour of duty‘. After this news, many aspirants and civilians are happy and shown interest to join the forces to serve for three years and want to know the joining process for the same. Though the proposal is still in pipeline and more details are awaited. Below are some details related to the tour of duty concept of Indian army for the civilians.
- A proposal is being discussed under which common citizens would be allowed a three year Tour of Duty in the force to serve the nation.
- This proposal is part of the Indian Army’s efforts to attract the best talent of the country into its fold. At present, the shortest tenure one can do in the force is of 10 years under the Short Service Commission.
- “Tour of Duty (ToD)” tenure as both officers and jawans in the backdrop of the urgent need for cadre restructuring amidst the ballooning salary and pension bills adversely impacting military modernization.
- ToD will initially be launched with around 100 vacancies for officers and 1,000 for jawans.
- The feedback has been taken from the different Army commands. There is general acceptance the ToD scheme can be launched as an experiment with a limited number of vacancies. If successful, the vacancies can be increased later,” said Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand.
- ToD scheme would entail “voluntary military service” to mark a far-reaching shift away from the existing “permanent service” in the armed forces. “It will not be military conscription like in some countries like Israel. With huge unemployment, India has no dearth of people wanting to join the armed forces,”
- There is no clear picture of how the selection for the Indian Army Tour of Duty will be, as many candidates are asking if there will be any written exam of SSB interview for the same.
The Army currently has around 43,000 officers, with almost 80% of them in the permanent commission (PC) cadre, and 11.8 lakh other ranks. The minimum service tenure for a short-service commission (SSC) officer is 10 years but 50-60% of them are also granted PC to serve till at least 54 years of age and thereafter get pension.
How can I apply for Tour of Duty Indian Army? At the moment there no details on the enrollment process, once the official details are out, SSBCrack will be publishing the same here.
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