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Army could take 20 years to bridge officers shortage

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NEW DELHI: Bogged down by shortage of 11,500 officers due to low intake at military academies and a high rate of premature retirements, the army
has indicated to its leadership that it will take 20 years of best efforts to fill up the vacancies.

In an internal study, the army has said the projection was conditional and the vacancies could be filled up in two decades only if training capacities in the academies are increased and the exit rate of officers wanting to retire prematurely is kept low.
On the basis of the study, the army headquarters has suggested to the commanders that the intake of recruits at the Dehradun-based Indian Military Academy (IMA) and the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai be increased by improving training capacities of the two institutes, an officer said.

The Commanders have been discussing the issue of officer shortage for quite sometime now and it was again debated at the recently concluded conference of senior offices, he said.

The 1.2-million strong army has a sanctioned strength of over 46,000 officers.

The data, compiled through a study, showed that army faced the prospect of an average of 1,500 premature retirements (PMRs) of officers every year.

The current annual average number of officers commissioned in the army from its academies stood at 1,700, around 300 less than the required average number of nearly 2,000 recruits.


Army could take 20 years to bridge officers shortage - India - The Times of India
 

brahmastra

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I hope new payscale for government employee will 'add two cents' in reducing premature retirements and recruit more young blood.
 

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I hope new payscale for government employee will 'add two cents' in reducing premature retirements and recruit more young blood.
My 2 cents..I think it is very imperative to make army positions more lucrative to tap in youth...but 20 years to fill in the gap?? Is it an overstated to send shivers to delhi or is it a practical assessment?
 

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recommission some of the People who retired Prematurely. By offering them a better Packages for Longer Careers.

Bring those officer in on teaching positions may be, And thus increase intake Capacity.

20 years seems to be an overstated number, proper management can have them back to full strength in 10 years.
 

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How many men become officers every year in India.?? Finding extra 11500 capable men to become officer is not difficult task. Specially when the population is 100 million.
 

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