Indian Army Proposes 3 Year Long ‘Tour of Duty’ for Civilians
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Indian Army Proposes 3 Year Long ‘Tour of Duty’ for Civilians

The Indian Army is considering a proposal to allow civilians to join the service for a period of three years as officers and in other ranks. The 'Tour of Duty (ToD)' for three years is being mulled in the wake of "resurgence of nationalism and patriotism" in the country. 

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.

A Tour of Duty officer will earn somewhere around Rs 80,000 to 90,000 per month.

At present, the Army recruits young people under short service commission for an initial tenure of 10 years which is extendable up to 14 years. Around 50-60% of them are also granted PC to serve till at least 54 years of age and thereafter get pension.
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