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New Delhi: Even as the Army is looking at a three-year voluntary stint, or ‘Tour of Duty’, to boost recruitment, a five-year-old proposal to making the Short Service Commission (SSC) lucrative and practical is still pending.

The proposal had been formulated by a group of experts constituted by the Ministry of Defence. 

While questions have been raised on the financial viability of the Tour of Duty and of carrying out training of individuals and losing them in the two-three years, the 2015 report had asked the ministry to revert to the minimum five years of short service rather than the now 10 years.

In an interaction with the media on 14 May, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat had said the Tour of Duty concept is still at a nascent stage and under the Army chief’s consideration. If it works out, it’s good, he said, but added that its viability needs to be studied.

It will require a year of training. The tour of duty will be in Kashmir and the Northeast,” he said. “One year of training costs… Equipping him and doing everything for him and then losing him after four years. Is it going to balance out? It will require a study.” 

As reported by ThePrint earlier, the Tour of Duty is for three-four years, which also includes training period. While the Army is keenly studying this, the CDS is looking at making the SSC more attractive.


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Solution could be in 2015 report

The solution to the recruitment debate could lie in the 2015 report. 

The expert committee, in its 509-page report, had listed 75 recommendations in areas concerning service and pension matters, discipline and vigilance issues, matters concerning promotions and confidential reports, military justice, issues related to civilian employees and other potential areas of disputes.

It noted that the SSC is a very important scheme for individuals who would not like to make the defence services their permanent vocation and a scheme that would also cater to the shortage of officers in the three services.

For a long time prior to 2006, the SSC was applicable for a period of five years, extendable for another five years and then for a further four years.  

A person released after five years was granted gratuity and also ex-serviceman status, having been released on completion of terms of engagement.  

In 2006, however, ostensibly to make SSC more attractive, the earlier 5+5+4 years system was changed to 10+4 years, thereby making the initial tenure of 10 years mandatory for earning benefits, including ex-serviceman status. 

Though from the organisational point of view, a period of 10 years may seem important so as to retain officers for a sufficient period, however from the point of view of an individual, the said period in a way becomes exploitative since neither is a person granted pension nor guaranteed employment after 10 years thereby leaving him or her “neither here nor there” at an important phase of life thereby setting him/her back by 10 years as compared to other peers from civil life,” the committee noted.

It felt that to balance out the rights between the organization and individuals, “the scheme needs to be reverted back to 5+5+4 years so that a person has the option for release after 5 years of service to enable him/her to start afresh on the civil side with the additional skills gained in the defence services”. 

Sources told ThePrint that the then defence minister Manohar Parrikar was actively discussing the idea of reverting SSC to the 5+5+4 system when he was moved out as Goa CM in 2017.

They said Parrikar wanted to bring SS officers on the contributory New Pension System (NPS) on par with civilians and further expand the scheme to bring down pension bill by keeping SS officers on NPS on par with a similar short service entry scheme of the Indian Coast Guard.


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10-year service makes it difficult to start afresh: Report

The report had also highlighted that it is difficult to start afresh in the civilian world once a SSC tenure ends. It must be appreciated that when a person is released from the military after 10 years of service, he or she is in his early 30s which is an age when it becomes difficult to start new innings, the report said.

However, in case the organization feels that it is more beneficial to retain officers for at least 10 years, then additionally, to attract and retain talent, the Ministry could provide higher pay-outs and benefits to all those who serve for 10 years and still higher to those who serve till 14 years,” it added. “Hence, a graded structure of benefits can be incorporated for officers who serve for 5, 10 and 14 years.”

It also recommended a Contributory Pension Scheme on the lines of the NPS be considered for all future SSC officers who serve for a minimum 10 years. 

Gen Rawat has said the military is looking at offering incentives to make the prospect more appealing for applicants.

For an officer who will just serve for 14 years, you don’t want to give him a pension, what then can you do for them? Can you give him training that will make him stand on his feet?” Rawat said.

As an incentive, a lump sum amount should also be paid to the SSC officers on retirement, he added. “We are yet to decide on the amount,” he said. 

Incidentally, the MoD has implemented two recommendations.

Earlier, only outpatient medical facilities were granted to short service officers in military hospitals but on recommendations of the committee of experts they were granted ECHS facilities with full outpatient facilities and truncated inpatient reimbursement for serious diseases.

Earlier, ex-servicemen status was granted only to those who completed the terms of SSC, for example five or 10 years, and not to those who sought release during extended terms. This was also deprecated by the committee and the Delhi High Court.

A clarification has been issued that SS officers who are released during extended terms will also now be granted “ex-serviceman” status.


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  12. Sir ,
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  16. Sir Mai Tour Of Duty Mai join korna chahta hun, My Contact -7635951732 , District- Nagaon (Assam) village -Dakhin Jar Bagaon, Pin-782450 , Name- BAPAN ROY.

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  19. Hlo sir
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    D.o.b.. 23/11/1993
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  25. jai hind sir My self.. Aarti Mishra…mai ek army person ke family se hun…Army Mera junun hai… or… is duty ko join krna chahti…mai N.C.C me seniour under office thi..or “A” gread se maine…”B” or “C”… certificate kiya hai..bt mera DOB-25/10/1997 hai… kya mera selection hoga or “TOUR OF DUTY” me selection ki kya prakriya hai……????
    plz reply…me …. JAI HIND SIR

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    Sir
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    Mera naam Gabar Singh limbu hai aur main recent Banglore main hoon rehta hoon
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    Thank u

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    Father’s name: Magan singh rana
    Mother’s name:Rajeshwari rana
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    But want to work for my indian army

  32. What happens then after the 3 or 5 years tour is completed,Will civilian be part of the army supposed if there is a war coming, will they be allowed to carry weapons then?
    What if a someone wanted to serve permanently would he be allowed to do so?

  33. Sir
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    01/01/96 Education. 12th. Pass.
    My village sihori. Post Banthal Jila eyah 207001. Up.

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  38. Respected sir
    I am also interested to join TOD in Indian Army
    Please give opportunities to me…

    Akhilesh Kumar
    Mobile-7061305291,9919617758

  39. Joy hind sir.. 3 years job aply date sir. My bikram konwar. From assam. Dist ., tinsukia.. Contect no.. 6909295385

  40. I think it’s sinister approach of the Print to malign the armed forces and expose the weakness to the enemy nations ……

  41. 5+5+4 is an ideal scheme as SSC, training periods should not be counted for the actual service periods, at the specific periods ex service man status should be given, along with a reasonable gratuity ,, the new proposals of ‘tour of duty’ for 3 years is too childish and immatured idea…

  42. JAY HIND SIR MY NAME IS AKHILESH KUMAR MY FATHER NAME IS SORGI MR DHARM RAJ YADAV MY MOTHER NAME SORGI CHANDRAWATI SIR MERA HAIGHT 170 HAI AUR MAI 22 SAL KA HU SIR (5) YEARS ON DUTY(I HAVE PASSED B S C ) MY VILLAGE NAME TARAGAON HANDIA PRAYAGRAJ ( ALLAHABAD)

  43. Dear sir
    My name :-Manish rane
    My Father:- name nk satyawan rane
    Date of birth:-09/08/1999
    Qlaficetion.:-Ba² year raning
    State:- Madhya Pradesh
    Mila:- jabalpur (india)

    Sir indian army AK bohot acha work h apna das k liya kuch kar n ya bohot khushi ki BT h agar ya moka muja mila to m jarur karuga..

  44. Jai hind sir…
    This is my humble request to you, please give me one chance to serve for my nation… I am 26 and it’s my wish to live my rest life in army please sir give approval for this TOD concept, and as discussion is going on a pention , I don’t think so its neccessary to give for short period officers or soldiers.. and one more request please extend the age limit atleast till 27, so working professionals also can apply.
    Thank you
    Jai Hind

  45. Crooked politicians should absolutely not be allowed to interfere with the Armed Forces recruitment as it will reduce the image & honour of the highly disciplined Indian Armed Forces respected for its secular & unbiased organization unlike the biased & right wing fundementalist mindset of the present civilian government .

  46. Politicians who are absolutely civilians should not be allowed to take unilateral decisions to interfere with Army recruitment as they don’t have any experience . Politicians are prone to be corrupt , biased , self centered & party oriented .
    The present right wing fundementalist BJP party is known to have interfered with the Constitution by including various amendments just to bolster more executive powers with the elected legislators giving them unfettered powers to dictate & influence the bureaucracy , the police machinery & even the judiciary which is very dangerous for a secular democratic nation . Now the crooked dispensation it trying to control the premier Services – Defence forces which is proud to be strictly disciplined , unbiased & above the civilian government .
    The present government has more or less infiltrated the Education system with their fundementalist ideology on the bogey of nationalism . They’ve infiltrated the administration by appointment of their fundementalist RSS cadres . Also by appointment of Governors who vouch their ideology all over India .
    This scheme to offer a three year term in the Armed forces could be a ploy to plant their ideological cadres into the forces so that these cadres could be used as a trained force when they finish to further train the RSS as a better trained right wing militant party which is the mentor of the BJP party which ofcourse is pretending to the international community that it’s a very liberal , secular party when on the ground it’s proven to be to the contrary .
    The Armed forces is a very secular force , very disciplined & a very strong force respected all over the world . The Armed forces Chiefs should absolutely not allow their world-class image to be tarnished by the crooked machinations of these cunning politicians who will use sinister plots to try to control the Forces under the pretext of fostering ” nationalism ” when actually they will be trying to promote their hidden crooked agenda .

  47. Hello ,
    My name is Pranjali Tade.
    I am 16 years old.
    I have pass SSC exam with 89.20% and further studying for HSC

  48. Sir After serving army for 3years. He will not have any opportunity in civil cadre. However provision may be kept. Whose performance is better and qualifying the Stander / norms of army. They should be given chance of serving army like SSC. In this way on can get ex service man status also and it’s beneficial in many ways for get futher employment

  49. Yes I am interested to join the India army my age is 33 and I have done 3 years of my NCC and holds B-certificat . And well worse with the Indian army life style.

  50. Sir,
    Vineet Nag,DOB 04041987
    B”Tech CSE
    My father is an ExServicemen
    I want to join SSC in Defence services
    Iam 33 Year old can I eligible for this service
    9703509003

  51. Me 10 pass hu army ki tayari karta hu my birth date 16_4_2000 me GD ki tayari kar raha hu banunga to fouji hi muje salary milegi me gariboko padhane me or Khana dunga jise jarurat he use mebhi garib hu Mera Ghar chale utna bahut he dusra jab Tak job karunga tab tk ki salary garibo ko padhaunga muje Khana banana bhi ata he banunga to fouji hi or Bina salary ke desh ki Seva karunga ham sarkari nokari samjkar fouj me Jana jate he to dhikkar he ese jivan pe me jaldi se army me lag jau or gariboko yrr muje unki bhi bahut chinta hoti he me gujarat se hu ( ta khambhat)(dist Anand)(village Daheda) me bahut mehnat karunga banunga to fouji hi Jay javan Jay kisan Jay hind

  52. In my personal opinion I feels it’s a really bad move by the government. When the govt is nt willing to accommodate its present ssc officer even after their willingness to continue how is recruiting more forces going to help. On one hand u r willing to let go of ur trained resources and assets (I mean officers) and on the other hand u r spending money in training new one just for 3 yrs.. Its the same thing I guess.. And more over the quality will also get compromised upon such recruitments.. Coz unlike other countries where military service is compulsory in our it will be voluntary and ppl will come half heartdely looking forward in mind their second career.. So it’s a really bad move rather u should increase ur intake of ssc officer I to converting them to PC. And more to it, it would increase security breaches and chaos and the way defence works would definitely change.. So I guess these proposed policies need to be thought upon again.

  53. In my personal opinion I feels it’s a really bad move by the government. When the govt is nt willing to accommodate its present ssc officer even after their willingness to continue how is recruiting more forces going to help. On one hand u r willing to let go of ur trained resources and assets (I mean officers) and on the other hand u r spending money in training new one just for 3 yrs.. Its the same thing I guess.. And more over the quality will also get compromised upon such recruitments.. Coz unlike other countries where military service is compulsory in our it will be voluntary and ppl will come half heartdely looking forward in mind their second career.. So it’s a really bad move rather u should increase ur intake of ssc officer I to converting them to PC. And more to it, it would increase security breaches and chaos and the way defence works would definitely change.. So I guess these proposed policies need to be thought upon again..

  54. In my personal opinion I feels it’s a really bad move by the government. When the govt is nt willing to accommodate its present ssc officer even after their willingness to continue how is recruiting more forces going to help. On one hand u r willing to let go of ur trained resources and assets (I mean officers) and on the other hand u r spending money in training new one just for 3 yrs.. Its the same thing I guess.. And more over the quality will also get compromised upon such recruitments.. Coz unlike other countries where military service is compulsory in our it will be voluntary and ppl will come half heartdely looking forward in mind their second career.. So it’s a really bad move rather u should increase ur intake of ssc officer I to converting them to PC. And more to it, it would increase security breaches and chaos and the way defence works would definitely change.. So I guess these proposed policies need to be thought upon again..

    • Pass ur tests, maintain discipline and prove that you are citizen of India. That is all that is required by Indian Army.

  55. Super sir army is god is gift but i miss ing job hight 165cm my job cancel but any time redy sir army job

  56. considering the cost of training and time minimum ten years of service is needed in front line job like infantry and active military duty but if it is a technical job like engineers,doctors,nurses and other logistic support job it may be reduced like 5 years etc. with good salary and perks and lump some Gratuity considering length of service and other amount like GP fund depending upon contribution and if service needed it may be extended as per requirement up to 10 years. Every thing must be need based . More over military trained should have ex service man quota in all central and state Govt job as per their education qualification.If any ex service man want to start business he should be provided with all logistic support as far as possible with Govt. guarantee.

  57. Name..Nayan Moni dad
    Date of birth.. 1992
    Qlaficetion. Hslc
    PO . Amin gain
    PS.. jalukbari
    Father name..late dilip dad

  58. I see lot of educated youth coming for police sub inspector exams . I would say that they must perform 5 years compulsory military service to get a job in police . With that we can have much better police force , more disciplined and if they wish to continue in military so they might and as it is they will get continuity of service in police . But the 5 year term for both woman and men wanting to get a job as police sub inspector should be compulsory.

  59. Joy hind sir. sir Army in a 3years job-sir what is a Army apply date sir?
    My name is Lab Barman (8918210611).and my vill-naxalbari-7334429.Dist-Datjeeling.

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