Army proposes 3-year voluntary ‘tour of duty’, cites patriotism, unemployment

Written by Krishn Kaushik
| New Delhi |

Updated: May 14, 2020 7:34:20 am

The Army estimates that the corresponding cost for a three-year service will be Rs 80 lakh-85 lakh.

CITING a “resurgence of nationalism and patriotism”, and the fact that “unemployment in our country is a reality”, the Indian Army has proposed a three-year “internship” for youths, both as officers and soldiers.

According to the proposal, as mentioned in an internal note, the short, voluntary “tour of duty” is for youths who “do not want to make defence services their permanent vocation, but still want to experience the thrill and adventure of military professionalism”.

“The proposal is a shift from the concept of permanent service/job in the Armed Forces, towards ‘internship’/temporary experience for three years. Unemployment in our country is a reality, however there is resurgence of nationalism and patriotism,” says the note.

However, the entry criteria for such candidates will not be relaxed. Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand confirmed that such a proposal is being discussed, and emphasised that, if accepted, the “tour of duty” will not be mandatory. The “major crux”, says the note, lies in making the proposal “attractive to the government,…

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