The Indian Army is mulling over a proposal to allow three-year tenure to civilians in the Indian Army to fight unemployment in the country. If brought into effect, the same will allow civilians to join the Army for three years as officers and in other ranks in areas like logistics and front-line formations.
As per the Army spokesperson, the proposal called Tour of Duty is being examined by top commanders in the Army.
“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,” Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said.
Besides civilians, the Army is also considering taking personnel from the paramilitary and central armed police forces for up to seven years. After seven years, they will be allowed to return to their parent organisations.
The Army will consider age and fitness among the key criteria when recruiting civilians. The proposal is great for anyone who doesn’t want to join the Army as a full-time soldier but wants to experience the life of an Army man.
Financial benefits to the Army
The Army says it will gain huge financial benefits from the proposal as it will save pension money, leave encasement and more.
As per a calculation, the total money spent on single Army personnel is over Rs 6.83 crore including pre-commission training, salary and more. This amount will be reduced to a mere Rs. 85 lakhs per person if one is recruited for 3 years. Thus saving at least 11,000 crores per 1,000 civilians in the Army while giving them employment.
The Army currently recruits young people under Short Service Commission for an initial tenure of 10 years, extendable up to 14 years.