Army bringing ''game-changing'' proposal to allow 3-yr tenure for civilians
New Delhi, May 13 (PTI) In a transformational move, the Indian Army is considering a proposal to allow civilians including young working professionals to join the force for a three-year tenure as officers and in other ranks in diverse areas like logistics and front-line formations.
Top military sources said the Army is also considering to induct personnel from paramilitary forces and central armed police forces for a short duration of up to seven years following which they would be allowed to return to their parent organizations.
The "game-changing" proposal to allow civilians to work for three years is being examined by top commanders of the Army and its main aim is to bring people closer to the 1.3-million-strong force by giving them an opportunity to experience military life. Spokesperson of the Army Col Aman Anand said If approved this will be a voluntary engagement and there will be no dilution in selection criteria. Initially 100 officers and 1,000 men are being considered for recruitment as part of test bedding of the project.
The sources said minute details of the proposal are being worked out, adding age and fitness level will be among the key criteria for recruitment under the ''Tour of Duty (ToD) or ''Three Years Short Service'' scheme.