The Indian Army has come up with a three-year internship program for the youth of the country which includes both officer and soldier posts. This new plan is being prepared with a view to awaken the spirit of ‘nationalism and patriotism’ among the youth. The Indian Army has proposed a three-year “internship” for the youth, believing that “unemployment is a reality in our country”. According to this proposal, this small and voluntary internship ‘Tour of Duty’ is for the youth who do not want to make defense services their profession, but still want to experience the thrill of military services.
However, the criteria for admission for such candidates will not be relaxed. Army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand confirmed that such a proposal was being discussed, and stressed that if it was accepted, the ‘Tour of Duty’ would not be mandatory. According to the issued note, the most important thing is to make this proposal attractive to the government, ordered forces, corporates and students. The military says that it will “help youth use their energy positively and inspire rigorous military training and habits to become part of their lives”.
The Army says that due to non-permanent recruitment, the savings in salaries and gratuity of the candidates will be a major financial benefit for the Army. The cost of three years of service for each officer will be equal to one part of the cost of Short Service Commission (SSC) officers.
The expenditure on an officer who leaves the service after 10 to 14 years of duty ranges from 5 crores to 6.8 crores, including pre-commission training, salary, allowances, gratuity and leave encashment etc. The Army estimates that the expenditure per officer for three years of service would be Rs 80 lakh-85 lakh.
It is estimated that the entire country will benefit from ‘trained, disciplined, confident, hardworking and committed’ young men and women doing three years of internships, and an early survey indicated that the corporate sector also interned instead of freshers. Trend would like to hire graduates.
Considering that the proposed scheme will be on trial basis with limited vacancies at present, the Army has said that if it is found successful, it will be expanded on a large scale.