Gen Rawat approves plan for more intake of officers from among jawans

General Bipin Rawat

The Hush Post| 10:48 am| one-minute-read|

In a major decision, which is likely going to benefit the Non-Commissioned ranks in the Indian Army, General Bipin Rawat has approved a plan to establish a training institute for soldiers to help them qualify as commissioned officers.

About 200 soldiers from the first batch will be trained from September 16 for a period of five months.

“The institute will be known as Young Leaders Training Wing and is planned to be established inside the premises of the Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai. It will focus on developing communication, leadership and team-building skills in soldiers,” Army officials said.

There are plans to offer two such courses in a year. A core team of 10 officers will form the instructional nucleus of the Wing.

An internal study of the Army had found out that there is an overall shortage of 41.4 per cent in the intake of soldiers as officers. The Army has a varied intake schedule for its prospective officers. And recruitment through an available pool of qualified soldiers is one of them.

“However, these soldiers during selection at SSB Centers have shown a dismal and disappointing success rate of 8.46 per cent. And thus the idea came of establishing the Young Leaders Training Wing which shall train soldiers to face SSB tests more confidently,” the officials said.

“Not every soldier who shall get into Young Leaders Training Wing will become a commissioned officer but many of them will. These soldiers shall be role models for others at the unit level with better professional competence,” a senior Army officer said.

While officers from the first two entries can be commissioned into any branch, PCSL officers are posted at specially designated appointments. Offering soldiers the opportunity for a commissioned rank will surely mitigate the Army`s shortfall of around 11,000 officers.

Admission in Young Leaders Training Wing will entail a several step process which will begin by identifying the top 500 ACC candidates from a competitive written exam held by the Army Education Corps Centre at Pachmarhi.

Out of this, 100 will be finally selected after an intensive screening process. A 10 per cent reserve will also be catered to for any contingency.

Similarly, for SCO and PCSL officers, the top 200 candidates will be identified and screened for suitability. Out of these, 50 each will be selected for the final course.

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