- Indian Army plans to take civilians on a three-year “Tour of Duty” (ToD) or short service” on a trial basisto serve as officers and in other ranks initially for a limited number of vacancies which will be expanded later.
- Proposal aims to reduce financial burdenon the force and free funds for its modernization
ToDconcept:-It is ‘internship/temporary experience’ and so there will be no requirement of attractive severance packages, resettlement courses etc for ToD officers and other ranks.
- Proposal is a shift from the concept of permanent service/job in the Armed Forces, towards ‘internship’/temporary experience for three years.
- “tour of duty” is for youths who “do not want to make defence services their permanent vocation, but still want to experience adventure of military professionalism.
- Army proposed this scheme citing “resurgence of nationalism and patriotism”, unemployment as reasons.
- It aims to attract best talent into the force and bring civil society closer to the force.
- It will be voluntary and there will be no dilution of criteria in selection.
- Government may not make ToD (tour of duty)as a compulsory criteria for central/state jobs.
- However, any edge in terms of qualitative/quantitative/supernumerary criteria will give the scheme a boost.
- Individuals who opted for ToD would get a much higher salary than their peers in the corporate sector.
- It proposes that the individual’s earnings forthe three-year period could be made tax-free.
- He/she could be given preference in public sector jobs as well as post-graduate courses.
- This would attract individuals from the best colleges, including the IIT’s.
- It will “decrease the frustration” of officers who are released after 10-14 years of short service.
- It adds that SSC officers have the option to join the service permanently.
- Rigorous military training and habits inculcated will lead to healthy citizenry.