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New Delhi: Army chief General Bipin Rawat says he wants to ensure more jawans become officers and leaders, and this is why he has instituted a Young Leaders Training Wing (YTW) at the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai.

“Many of the jawans joining the force are actually very intelligent. They could not study further because of economic and other reasons,” he said in an exclusive interview to ThePrint. “Hence their focus was to get a job and (they) joined the Army. I strongly feel that if these people are encouraged and trained well, they can make it to the officers level.” 

Officers in the Army are those of the rank of lieutenant and above.

Under the new OTA wing, which was launched last week, special training will be given to selected junior commissioned officers (JCOs) and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) — these ranks don’t qualify as officers — to ensure that they can crack the tough promotion race and rise through the ranks. 

The aim is to strengthen their shot at qualifying for pre-commission training through a structured “personality enrichment programme”.

Under the plan, 500 jawans will be selected in two batches for five months of training in junior leadership, where they will also be prepared to face the stringent Services Selection Board (SSB), which selects aspirants for commissioning as officers.

The Army chief said the move will benefit the force on two fronts. “We will get more officers and there will be a further promotion opportunity for JCOs and NCOs,” he added.


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‘Shortage of officers helps Army’

Asked about the shortage of officers — at any point, the Army is 7,000-8,000 short of the requisite officer strength — Rawat said it actually “helps the rest”.

“Promotion within the Army is very tough. This shortage is actually helpful because otherwise the promotion will become even tougher,” he added. “The Army is managing very well.”

Currently, there are three routes for JCOs and NCOs to become commissioned officers — through the ACC (Army Cadet College) wing, and the SCO (special commission officers) and PC-SL (permanent commission, special list) route.

SSB interviews and tests, which follow each of these three options, have a success rate of less than 10 per cent.

Speaking about the new OTA course, the Army chief said the selected personnel will also undergo training in communication skills, soft skills and decision-making ability, among other things.

“We really want to train the selected personnel and give them a good shot at clearing the SSB,” Gen Rawat added.

The Army chief said there was a need for leaders who lead by example, emerge from the rank and file and are compassionate and decisive.

“Future battlefields will be affected by cyber warfare and there may be communication failures, but not command failures. That’s why we need leaders at all levels, leaders who can make decisions under challenging conditions,” he said.

“Such leaders need to bring victory to their respective unit or sub-unit and make history for the Indian Army, as there are no runners-up in war.” 


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  1. Leadership is a natural quality and people can’t be trained to become leaders. Best example of training a person to become leader is that of congress ex-president Rahul Gandhi

    • They are not being trained to become leaders, they are being groomed to become leaders in the same way a civilian joins OTA and becomes an officer who leads men in battle.

  2. https://theprint.in/…/this-is-how-more-army-jawans…/297490/…
    BULL-SHIT! here also there would not be any fair-play, for the really eligible to become “ARMY OFFICERS”, ALL THAT goes behind totally biased and prejudiced outlook SINCE ALL THAT HAPPENS IN CLOSED QUARTERS, IN THE MILITARY RESTRICTED ZONES/AREAS. NONE DARE ENOUGH, TO COMPLAIN UNLESS DETERMINED TO LEAVE THE SERVICE, WHICH ALSO WITH UNFAIR RED AND BLACK ENTRY FOLLOWING COURT-MARTIALS. Can the nation Bharat/Hindusthan tolerate this of unfairness and inequality of rights and privileges, after 72 long years of INDIAN INDEPENDENCE? Shame on the part of INDIAN PILLARS OF GOVERNANCE. Take the case of an ex-serviceman 6286018 Rect. P.K.Chandran invalided by an ARMY MEDICAL BOARD constituted in MILITARY HOSPITAL, JABALPUR, M.P. IN 1966 WHO IS ALSO A SON OF A PATRIOTIC EX-SERVICEMAN, A WARRIOR OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR and a recipient of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
    Neglected, deprived, with discrimination and to victimization and dragged to his age of 72 years with geriatric diseases(multi-ailments). This old man has knocked at all doors of ARMY authorities but all of vain, being a Social and Rights Activist and Law-Abiding Citizen, despite an ex-serviceman of the National Emergencies. In this old age has travelled alone to SIGNAL RECORDS to plead his deprived -plight, who was told that PPO has to be made by them only, which will be never made, asking me to ” To suffer without pension ” for being a whistle-blower, to the media/public domain. IS THIS AN OBLIGATORY ISSUE FOR THE NATIONAL GOVERNANCE “BUT TO LOOK FOR” FAIR MEANS OF ACCOMPLISHING / EXECUTING THE BASIC RIGHTS OF AN EX-SOLDIER OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCIES THAN NEGLECTING THE ASSURED BASIC LEGITIMATE RIGHTS. NEGLECTING A HONEST LAW ABIDING ENLIGHTENED CITIZEN,

    UNJUSTIFIED AND UNFAIR PRACTICES PRACTICED between A. F. T. – Armed Forces Tribunal, Chennai Regional Bench and the Madras High Court, to deprive the Law Abiding Citizen (A qualified Lawyer with PG and Ex-Serviceman, of the National Emergencies.) of his basic legitimate claim). Is this Deliberate harassment and humiliation caused to the Non-Officer JAWANs who once came forward to give their lives to the nation,with risks and sacrifices, being ill-treated through “SAHAYAKS” who have NO DIGNITY OR PRESTIGE, TO KEEP UP IN LIFE, having no PERSONAL CREDIBILITY of their selves BUT “SAHAYAKS” gets PERSONAL FAVOURS all with drain from the NATIONAL EXCHEQUER, and not from the personal pockets of the SERVED DEFENCE OFFICERS, besides AFTER SERVICE benefits that of BEING RELEASED AS HONORARY JCOs to that of Honorary COMMISSIONED OFFICERS i.e. Hony. Lieutenants., Hony. Captains, IMPORTANTLY TO NOTE. WHILE “THE BASIC CLAIM of Sepoys grade Disability Pension held with depriving and dragged, to this sick Heart- Patient with stent fitted to heart, ADDED TO GERIATRIC DISEASES. Is it worthy for an ex-soldier of the National Emergencies be treated so shabbily with utmost unfairness? What a great injustice after 72 Long Years of Independence, with discrimination and victimization, exploitation as good as slavery to an ex-soldier, of septuagenarian age? Does the COURTs in INDIA, for the highly held Jurists realize this of their noble and sacred profession to impart PEACE AND JUSTICE? FOR FAIR PRACTICES or WHETHER THE ALMIGHTY GOD EXIST TO VIEW HUMANITY irrespective of caste and religion?
    A small rank that of Major (senior records officer) raised from OR’s, Chamchas of Officers, from SAHAYAKS obey blindly their senior officers to cause harm and injury making the life of an ex-soldier very miserable, with deliberate harassment, humiliation to the core, to give up their genuine legitimate basic claims of eligible, legitimate DISABILITY PENSION. Should such atrocity and high-handedness continue in a democratic country that of ours, in violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution? High time the matter is probed!
    UNJUSTIFIED AND UNFAIR PRACTICES PRACTICED between A. F. T. – Armed Forces Tribunal, Chennai Regional Bench and the Madras High Court. DISGRACE FOR SUCH ADMINISTRATIVE LAPSES.
    Importantly for expressing:- 1. “ABUSE OF VAKALATNAMA” signature of the client usually taken before-hand, so signed * Vakalatnama form signed and taken under trust FROM CLIENT/ SELF, WHEN REQUESTED TO ATTEND OR PASS ON THE HEARING, WHEN COMES FOR HEARING, having been seriously in bed, hospitalized soon after a massive Heart-Attack, and consequent to which “STENT FITTED TO THE LHS VENTRICLE OF my HEART. WHILE INHUMANLY AND HEARTLESSLY, “ADVOCATE ELANGOVAN RETD. LIEUT.COMDR.” OPPORTUNISTICALLY, TO SEEK FAVOUR OF THE LIEUT. GENERAL, THE ADMINISTRATIVE BENCH MEMBER, WHOSE TERM WAS COMING TO A CLOSE, FEW DAYS AHEAD BEFORE THE FAREWELL, WHEN MY CASE FILE WAS WITHDRAWN SECRETLY WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE, TO PLEASE HIM AND MADE ME TO SUFFER, WHILE MY WRIT WP 2989/2014 IN MADRAS HIGH COURT WAS PENDING AFTER BEING RECEIVED, FOR WANT OF “LEAVE TO APPEAL” THOUGH AFTER BEING NUMBERED, AND HEARD ONLY ONCE LEFT WITHOUT FURTHER LISTING, FOR OVER TWO AND HALF YEARS THOUGH BEING A SENIOR CITIZEN, BUT FOR BEING LOCALLY INFLUENCED, ASKING ME TO SEEK THE LEAVE TO APPEAL FROM THE CHENNAI BENCH OF THE ARMED FORCES TRIBUNAL, WAS THIS FAIR? for not being properly regulated with basic needs, in the noble working sacred arena? where justice is prime to be considered and imparted to the litigant, which comes after 72 long years of Indian Independence?

    2. INFLATED EGO EXISTS IN AFTs “Armed Forces Tribunal ” WHEN Sr.DEFENCE OFFICER, WHILE WITHOUT A BASIC DEGREE IN LAW, IS PLACED IN PAR WITH THAT OF RETIRED HIGH COURT JUDGES. Rightly said that Defence Officers have no good role to play in contributing effectively, positively for self-reliance in Civil-Defence Production, more to do with operational staff, which itself is not followed properly as per the designed Operator’s/Service -Manual. In fact, they should not be allowed to wear their military uniform, other than on National Days of Independence and Republic Days of the year. Otherwise, it is like Film/Drama actors on their costume, drawing the unwanted attention of the civilians look to Police /Military Band, When Banners/Hoardings can be banned, why should they be drawn with unwanted attention, which kills the precious time of other’s lifetime. Defence Officers in Uniform, do more harm and injury to Non-Officers even during their civilian-life, which is in their blood of exploitation. Military Leadership if applied in civil establishments, by their mere command, but for lack of job/work- knowledge lacking to real supervision, the Employees Union, throws them out of Industry/Establishment since their unwanted proudness with ill-knowledge makes them be thrown out. Defence Officers avail Medical Officers in the rank of Capt. to Lt.Col to be obliged for Military Disabilities, added to their service pension, which is a scam/scandal for added earnings, by involving disability of AGEING, thus unwanted drain to the National Exchequer. While the soldiers are handicapped to avail such fake concessions from medical officers having no close proximity Hence the medical-disability of the officers through ageing diseases factor is unfair. but loophole for added earnings to their service-pension hence manipulated added earnings are loopholes to SCAM/SCANDALamongst the Defence Officers.

    P.K.Chandran Ex.6286018 Rect Signal Boys entry. Joined during National Emergency, in the tender age of fifteen and career broken by medical invalidation, thrown-out of service, like a fish out of water =SUCH COMPENSATION DEPRIVED, DRAGGED WITH UNFAIR VICTIMIZATION, TO ENLIGHTENED CITIZEN OF INDIA, THOUGH A PATRIOTIC CITIZEN BUT FOR BEING OUTSPOKEN WITH FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, turned out to be a whistle-blower.

    POSTAL ADDRESS: M107-12, PREFAB FLATS First Floor Flat, 29th Cross Street, Besant Nagar, CHENNAI-600090. FELLOW CHARTERED ENGINEER AND CORPORATE LAWYER with Masters in Labour & Administrative Laws. Research Scholar in Ph.D. Law. An Ex-Serviceman of the National Emergencies, dragged with neglect of the basic legitimate claim. Established PATRIOTIC CITIZEN OF INDIA.

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    Special training will be given to selected junior commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers to ensure they crack Army’s tough promotion race.

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