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Army may recall retd personnel with medical expertise if fight against Covid-19 intensifies 

The Army has made a composite list of all those who retired in the last two years, especially focussing on those with medical expertise and trained technicians. 

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New Delhi: The Army has made a composite list of all those who retired in the last two years for possible recall if the need arises to fight the war against coronavirus.

Army sources said they are focusing on all those with medical expertise and specialised technicians.

The military has a system of recall by which it can ask all those who retired in the last two years to rejoin the forces and offer their services.

These kind of recall measures have been put in place as part of the steps to be taken in times of war. 

We have made a composite list. This basically focuses on those with medical backgrounds and those with technical expertise who can be recalled if the need arises,” a senior Army officer told ThePrint.

He added that the Commands have the required details of all these individuals.

It is not that everyone will be recalled. It all depends on the need. For example, if there is a requirement in Chandigarh, a person from Kerala would not be recalled,” the officer said.

Retired personnel yet to be contacted

Asked if retired personnel have been sounded out, the senior officer said, “No, they have not been contacted. A two-year period of recall is something that every officer, JCO and jawan is aware of. Whenever a situation emerges, they know they could be called back.”

While initially, the military’s help was limited to just setting up quarantine centres for those evacuated from abroad, the government has started roping them in more in the fight against Covid-19.

The Indian military has identified six more of its hospitals to carry out Covid-19 tests and has also earmarked 28 other facilities across the country to exclusively deal with the outbreak. 

Speaking to ThePrint, Lt General Anup Banerji, DG Armed Forces Médical Services (AFMS), had said that armed forces have been directed to augment medical resources for civil health set-ups too. 

The military is also conducting four research projects on the coronavirus.

Also read: It is war. Modi govt must deploy Indian military to fight coronavirus


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  1. I have already been called to rejoin within 04 days if need arises..
    I served as Medical Stores Cum procurement Incharge (Navy) .
    But the thing is when everything settles down I will be asked to leave or absorbed into the system. I served as Medical stores incharge & am trained in Biological warfare & Management.

  2. Sir if requirements comes to rejoin of other branch of navy kindly call me for serve for nation by any means of work as required on salary bases.

  3. Please don’t call veterans, although they will gleefully be ready to do it. Armed forces are covering up incompetence of civilian architecture which we have to face on retirement. Please don’t inculcate wrong precedence.

  4. Respected sir/madam…I wish to express myself that I had taken premature retirement in aug 2010..due to fam issue ..I m 87commission in military nursing service nd had served in various military hospitals nd retd as 2010…atpresent in this medical war we too cm serve d nation if given opportunity ready to work without salary…settled in udham singg nagar uttrakhand but at present in gurgaon with my cell no.9927592950 nd my date of birth is 3jan1967.

  5. Respected sir, I wish to express my self that, I was retired from army Corps of signal as wireless operator class 1 on 01 July 2004 after completion of 24 years service. now I’m residing at Chennai. as I am volunter to serve the nation. if give me the opportunity I will be ready to work as volunteers. any type of job I will be do it. With out salary. thanking you. My cell no 9940318875. My date of birth 10 May 1961.

  6. Army and defense forces even after retirement are good. Even in regular times they should be employed for three months in rotational basis as senior supervision for work that needs to be enforced with discipline. In fact able civilians retirees should work voluntarily. After this crisis is over we must frame such strategies.

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