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Defence ministry allows retired Short Service Commission officers to use military ranks

By India Today

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has allowed retired Short Service Commission (SSC) officers of the Army to use military ranks as applicable. The SSC officers, after completion of their mandated terms and conditions of service, were not authorised to use the military ranks so far.

“This has been causing dissatisfaction and discontentment among the SSC officers who serve under the same service conditions and face similar hardships as Permanent Commission officers with similar service profile,” a statement said.

“This decision of the government will not only remove dissatisfaction and discontentment among the retired SSC officers, but will also serve as a big boost to the young aspirants. In addition, this decision will act as morale booster for the existing SSC officers,” the statement further said.

The demand for use of military ranks by Short Service Commission (SSC) officers after release from service has been pending since 1983. The SSC officers form the backbone of the support cadre of the Army.

They serve for a period of 10-14 years to make up the deficiency of young officers in units. There have been several attempts of making the SSC attractive. Permission to allow use of military ranks by these officers has been one of their major demands.

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