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Indian Army planning to allow common citizens to give three-year ‘Tour of Duty’

New Delhi: Indian Army is considering to allow common citizens to join the force for three years ‘Tour of Duty’, sources said. Besides, this the Army which is facing short of officers is trying hard to fill the ranks.

“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,” Indian Army sources told ANI.

The Army is planning to put forward the plan to attract the best talent into the force. Under the Short Service  Commission, a person can serve in the force for maximum 10 years.

According to a report of Standing Committee of Defence, 2019, the deficiency in officer cadre of Indian Army stood at approximate 14 per cent. The Army had 42,253 officers and 11.94 lakh jawans according to the report. The Indian Navy had 10,000 officers 57,310 and personnel.

Sources told ANI that the top brass in the Army Army are also reviewing the Short Service Commission to make it more attractive for the youth. Initially, the Short Service Commission was started with five years minimum service but later it was extended to 10 years.

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